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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Spring arts 2019 | Top dance picks in San Diego: Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet, Mojalet Dance Collective and more by Marcia Manna

Dance is blooming this spring with diverse programs that are as varied as the hues of a wildflower bouquet. And like wildflowers, some dance events are quietly beautiful while others are bol…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tour celebrates the legacy of Alvin Ailey, whose dance company turns 60 this year by Marcia Manna

Robert Battle likens the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s diverse repertory to a buffet of delicious dance offerings. The company is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a San Diego t…

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Tour celebrates the legacy of Alvin Ailey, whose dance company turns 60 this year by Marcia Manna

Robert Battle likens the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s diverse repertory to a buffet of delicious dance offerings. The company is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a San Diego t…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Joffrey Ballet heads west as part of La Jolla Music Society's Dance Series by Marcia Manna

When the Joffrey Ballet performs “Beyond the Shore,” a dance created by choreographer and ballet master Nicolas Blanc, the audience is invited to witness a daring journey through an ever…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Latin music drives San Diego Ballet's passion-packed 'Ritmos Latinos' at Lyceum Theatre by Marcia Manna

On a recent trip to Paris, against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, Adam Bloodgood got down on one knee and proposed to Isabelle Overstreet. The newly engaged couple, both classical dancers…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spring arts 2018: Meet dancer Geoff Gonzalez by Marcia Manna

City Ballet’s resident choreographer and dancer Geoff Gonzalez likes to think big, which can sometimes pose challenges when working within a budget. When he choreographed last year’s “…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

San Diego Dance Theater's 'Janus II' is a new collection of works about life's transitions by Marcia Manna

In the first month of the year, when many of us ponder our past and make future resolutions, choreographer Jean Isaacs takes her inspiration from Janus, the Roman god who presided over begin…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Puppeteers do it all at Marie Hitchcock theater by Marcia Manna

Inside Joe Fitzpatrick’s jampacked garage, about 50 puppets small and large sit in stillness, waiting for the next show. A ghost, a witch, a dragon, a leprechaun and an ostrich are among t…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

At San Diego Dance Theater, it's all about beginnings, transitions and endings by Marcia Manna

January is named after the Roman god Janus, depicted on ancient coins, temples and doorways as a head with two faces, looking in opposite directions. He presides over beginnings, endings and…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

With 'Toruk,' Cirque du Soleil turns 'Avatar' into an acrobatic extravaganza by Marcia Manna

It’s opening day in Chicago and outside, 27 trucks have delivered all the costumes, props and machinery required for “Toruk — The First Flight,” the touring arena show by Cirque du S…

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Longtime choral director Christopher Allen dies at 58 by Marcia Manna

A conductor, arranger and orchestrator who directed many of San Diego’s notable vocal ensembles, Christopher Allen had a talent for achieving choral excellence. Performing sacred music was…

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

City Ballet: Major themes, moving movements by Marcia Manna

Contrasting themes of love and loss, and life and death are the pulse of City Ballet of San Diego’s newest production, staged this weekend at the Spreckels Theatre.The company is opening i…

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