Hard Choices: Dance Theatre of San Francisco Aims High

October 28, 2014 6:43 AM

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Dance Theatre of San Francisco is the new kid on the block - a precocious kid on a block crammed with nimble little dance companies that turn out adventurous new work on a shoestring. Like many precocious kids, it manifests admirable talent but also exhibits immaturity. This is its second season, for which it offered up a potluck of three short impressionistic works by three local up-and-coming choreographers, and a new incarnation of Daphnis and Chloé that looks like DTSF's bid to be taken seriously as a ballet company - a risky proposition in a metropolis that boasts the San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Diablo Ballet, and that regularly plays host to every major world class ballet company.

A dance company with limited resources has to make hard choices. When stuck with a venue with a poor sound system, like the Cowell Theatre, piping in taped classical music is amateurish, and yet three of the four pieces on display this weekend were performed to taped classical music. The exception w...

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