PUSHfest: PUSH Dance Company’s annual presentation of new and recent works, featuring 16 dance companies, Sept. 18-20; ODC Theater, San Francisco; $15-$30, $50 for full-program pass; 415-863-9834, www.pushdance.org. Rosy Simas Danse: “We Wait in the Darkness,” Simas’ solo work inspired by lives of Seneca American Indian women, Oct. 9-10; ODC Theater, San Francisco; $30-$45; 415-863-9834, www.odcdance.org. San Francisco Trolley Dances: More than half a dozen site-specific pieces following Muni’s T-Line from Mission Bay to the Bayview, including works by choreographers Byb Chanel Bibene, Alex Ketley, Amy Seiwert and Trolley Dance artistic Director Kim Epifano, Oct. 17-18; starts at Bay View Boat Club, San Francisco; free; www.epiphanydance.org.
Crafted as a triptych, as Russian icon paintings often are, the evening begins with Symphony No, 9, a work expected to celebrate Russia’s triumph over Germany in WWII, but which instead bursts with dark ironies, Here Ratmansky plunges Sarah Van Patten and Carlos Quenedit into a journey echoing the trials of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, although these lovers’ path is filled with terrifying fairy tale forces, Like Shostakovich, Ratmansky j crew ballet flats reveals complexity by shifting from the dark to the light, the dire to the wry like dangerous quicksilver, The corps performs crisp, insouciant jetes with quirky hand gestures or sharp jolts of the head, their patterns clear but the mass of patterns an organized chaos, They also move like frenzied machines, like ravaged villagers, like obedient workers, their shifts conjuring up manipulative and irrational forces..
There were many changes inside the ballroom — gone was the “celebriquarium,” co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet’s interview lounge; the judges’ table was switched to the opposite side of the hall; and all the celebs and pros are now sitting at the side of the dance floor in what host Tom Bergeron called “a sexy bus stop.” Since the scores for each dance were given right away on the dance floor, there was plenty of time for chatting. Unfortunately, Brooke popped up in various places to do her own style of interviewing, too.
A South San Francisco resident and full-time civilian employee with the Hillsborough Police Department, Thornton began volunteering with the USO more than five years ago and averages 25 to 30 hours a month with the organization, Prior to working for the Hillsborough Police Department, she was employed at the San Bruno Police Department, Thornton primarily focuses her attention to the USO’s Families of the Fallen and Welcome Home programs; however, she also provides operational support to the USO at the San Francisco International j crew ballet flats Airport and represents the USO at numerous events and functions throughout Northern California..
Details: 510-848-0181 or www.BerkeleyHistoricalSociety.org. The series starts with a talk at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 by Kirby William Brown and Riley Doty about the California Faience company, a prestigious Berkeley ceramics manufacturer of handcrafted tiles and pottery from 1913-59. Brown is the grandson of California Faience founder William Bragdon. Tickets are $15 per lecture or $40 for the series of three, available by mail or online at berkeleyheritage.com/ticket_order.html. On Sept. 28 Daniella Thompson of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association will lead Architectural Tour of North-Central Berkeley, covering the neighborhood north of University Avenue between Shattuck Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
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