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When: Fri., May 16, 8 p.m. and Sat., May 17, 2 & 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $20-$35
Over four decades, Oakland Ballet Company built its reputation on reviving famed works from the canon, including modernist masterpieces created by the Ballets Russes. Over the past few years, the company has refocused on the Bay Area’s choreographic talent pool, and this weekend at Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts (1428 Alice St., Oakland) the spotlight is on Oakland itself. Described as a “portrait in dance” of the city, Oakland-esque comprises four new works by Sonya Delwaide, Molissa Fenley, Robert Moses, and artistic director Graham Lustig. Joining the company will be guest performers from AXIS Dance Company as well as Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson and Garion “Noh Justice” Morgan from turf-dance sensations Turf Feinz, and costumes and décor by local painter Sam Renaissance. With music ranging from grassroots hip-hop and funk to a commissioned score by Kronos Quartet alumna Joan Jeanrenaud, it promises to be an eclectic, artistically vibrant show. How Oakland-esque.
— Claudia Bauer


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