Review: Troupe Vertigo presents the North California premiere of ‘Tableau’ at the San Francisco International Arts Festival (****)

by Charles Kruger On an empty stage sit three black boxes. Minimalist music begins, and from behind the boxes emerge. . . feet! First one, then another, and soon a total of ten bare feet, gracefullyand humorously  communicating, as if puppets on a puppet stage. They bend, they dance, they express emotion and then,magically they […]

Review: “‘We Are All Dragons In Drag” by Bandelion and Friends at the San Francisco International Arts Festival (****)

by Charles Kruger Bandelion is an ensemble within the Dandelion Dancetheater under the direction of Dandelion co-founder Eric Kupers. About 13 years ago, when Eric’s co-founder, Kimiko Guthrie, began to split some of her focus between founding a family and working with Dandelion, Eric doubled-down on his commitment, forming Bandelion as an ensemble group within […]

San Francisco International Arts Festival Features Taiwan’s renowned Tainaner Ensemble’s Pao-Chang Tsai in the U.S. premiere of his play, ‘Solo Date’

by Charles Kruger The Tainaner Ensemble has been one of the leading theatrical companies on the island of Taiwan for more than three decades. Known for their challenging and often experimental work, one of their successful productions, Pao-Chang Tsai’s epic K24 (Chaos), had a running time of six hours. So, one might say, this is a company […]

Review: “The Interrogation Room” at San Francisco International Arts Festival (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger When audience members arrive at The FIrehouse for “The Interrogation Room” they find themselves completely immersed in what might be any office of a government bureaucracy. Seated uncomfortably in rows of chairs (think of the DMV or the Unemployment Office) and lorded over by indifferent guards making petty demands, one’s first reaction […]

San Francisco International Arts Festival features Montreal’s Cirquantique, presenting the U. S. premiere of ‘Bang! Bang!’

by Charles Kruger Montreal’s Cirquantique is making its very first international tour to come to San Francisco for the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Surely they have chosen the right place, bringing a style of performance that San Francisco loves! After all, our fair city is home to our very own much beloved Edwardian Ball, […]

San Francisco International Arts Festival Features Dandelion/Bandelion Dancetheater in the World Premiere of ‘We Are All Dragons In Drag’

by Charles Kruger Bandelion is CSU East Bay professor Eric Kuper’s core ensemble within the Dandelion Dancetheater (DDT), committed to exploring profoundly experimental and spiritual aspects of dance and movement. Its self description reads: “We are a tribe. We are a found family. We are committed to pushing and being pushed by each other, past […]

San Francisco International Arts Festival Features Vishwa Shanthi Performing Arts: World premiere of “Samudra Manthan (The Churning of the Ocean)”

by Charles Kruger The “Samudra Manthan” (“Churning of the Ocean”) is a story from Indian mythology in which demigods and demons compete for supremacy. It is beautiful and complex, full of battles and diplomacy, and miraculous events such as the creation of Amrita, the nectar of immortality. Befitting the grandness of such a myth, the […]