The Spreckels Theatre was described by one visiting international company as an ideal stage for dance. This weekend it’s the site for two unique programs with work by four choreographers—both modern dance and ballet—in City Ballet of San Diego’s “Ballet and Beyond.” And newcomer Geoff Gonzalez proves he can hold his own with …
Is it just San Diego, or do dance artists everywhere cook up provocative titles to get folks in the door, and then give them art? That’s what happened at “Sweat: Hot Dances for a Hot Night,” where Randé Dorn’s richly psychological work was the discovery of the evening … though there were certainly some sexy moments, provided by the guys.
A novelist of dance, Blythe Barton, in her longer work, creates vivid societies onstage. In “The only real world I know is mine,” her premiere at the San Diego Fringe Fest, Barton’s world was a generous place that I wanted to live in.
In spite of strong choreography and superb dancing, watching Zaquia Mahler Salinas’s “Hirudinea and Her Host” made me feel like I was in an artsy gentleman’s club. Find out why I think Salinas made problematic artistic choices … and join the conversation.
“On the Corner of Rhythm & Rhyme” at the San Diego Fringe Fest isn’t just a display of virtuoso tapping. California Rhythm Company director Nancy Boskin-Mullen and artistic director Pam Thompson-Spinner have put together San Diego’s answer to “Stomp.”
I’m betting that when “Victor Charlie” is a hit in a major theater, anyone who caught it at the Fringe is going to brag about seeing the world premiere in the Spreckels Theatre Raw space. By the way, the space is indeed raw, with paint peeling from the walls … and there may never be a more perfect venue for this show about a 1960s-era soldier than this former USO center.