The Demo Review – Reimagining Silicon Valley History-Back To The Future

This production aimed to interpret our contemporary technological culture by mythologizing a prototypical event of an emergent high tech culture - computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart's introduction of the tools of computer communication (including the mouse), in a 1968 professional conference event in San Francisco.

The Demo shows opening introduction and closing of the original filmed demo and then dematerializes the intermediate time and space into a mix of electronic, sounds, Gregorian-like chants, a wind instrumental accompanying choral line to the demo leader who morphs in and out of the scene. The original word…word…word… formula statement and following text on the screen is deconstructed into sound and images on the side screens and auditorium ceiling.

June 14th, 2015|

Smuin XXcentric Spring Dance Series

My friend and I met the at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on Castro Street in Mountain View where The Smuin Ballet is presenting its Spring Fling XXcentric Spring Dance Series that runs throughout major theatre venues from May 2 to June 7, 2014. Two world premier works by famed choreographers, Val Caniparoli of The San Francisco Ballet and Amy Seiwert, Choreographer for the Smuin Ballet, were commissioned by Smuin’s artistic director, Celia Fushille to showcase their special new works.

May 26th, 2014|

Smuin Ballet XXTREEMS-Extremely Fanastic

The Smuin Ballet in celebration of its 20th anniversary, is offering a special gift for ballet goers in XXTREMES. The high level artistic expression of underlying light and dark themes shine throughout the performance in a magnificent way. Smuin Ballet reaches the new artistic heights in this superb creation in the portrayals of Dear Miss Cline, Return to a Strange Land and Carmina Burana.

March 15th, 2014|

San Francisco Ballet “Cinderella” Review – Thoroughly Enchanting

The thoroughly enchanting San Francisco Ballet, Cinderella, is an artistic collaboration for the ages now playing at War Memorial Opera House. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, Costume and Set designer Julian Crouch, Lighting Director Natasha Katz, Music Director Craig Lucas and Puppeteer Basil Twist’s collaboration fuses their special talents and expertise into the most creative and imaginative production of Cinderella ever performed.

February 27th, 2014|

Joshua Bell Performance Review – The Poet of the Violin

My friend and I attended the Stanford Live performance at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, which featured a program of Joshua Bell, violin, and Sam Haywood, piano. The magnificent Bing Concert Hall housed this amazing concert. Stanford Live's Executive Director Wiley Hausam chatted with my friend and me in the lobby immediately following the performance. I was excited, aglow, from the profoundly powerful experience of hearing Joshua Bell passionately playing his famed Stradivarius violin. The instrument had once been stolen from renowned violinist Bronislaw Huberman. The violin has become the core of a significant cultural legend: Huberman helped Jewish musicians escape the holocaust to come to Palestine for his newly forming orchestra.

February 10th, 2014|

Fairy Tales – Hidden Patterns That Enable Children to Thrive

Fairy tales are important in our children’s lives. The classic stories heard frequently throughout childhood at bedtime,in Disney movies, in school and later into adulthood in ballets and operas contain special guides to behavior. According to psychoanalyst Carl Jung, we have a favorite fairy tale that goes with us throughout life that forms the pattern for our most significant development.

July 27th, 2013|