A total departure from the Mariinsky Ballet’s version (and somewhere between Footloose and West Side Story) is Rock n’ Roll Cinderella, the story of a girl who’s just gotta dance. Growing up in the 1950s, this Cinderella’s home is ruled by her uptight, stick-in-the-mud stepfather but her toes just can’t stop tapping to that new crazy beat. When her mousy pals Dean and Martin can’t get her a ticket to the Debutante Ball, all seems lost, until a benevolent do-gooder from the “Make a Wish Come True” Society arrives on the scene. Unlike many children’s theater companies, which cast adult actors, the Family Matinee Company puts the city’s most promising young teen actors to work under the direction of Children’s Playwright-in-Residence Stephanie Temple. Past endeavors, like Goldilocks and the Three Aliens, Bollywood Sleepy Beauty, and their Western take on Snow White have inspired gaggles of kiddies hang around after the show for the meet-and-greet.More
Saturdays, Sundays, 2 & 4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 18
When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
Watching Eiko & Koma is like observing nature. The duo is brutal and beautiful; lingering, gradual, and dynamic; deliberate and chaotic. In a word, awesome. While the two are neither natives nor residents of the Bay Area, their impact on local dance should not be underestimated. By the time they arrived in 1976, they were already hajjis of nonverbal theater. They had studied with Kazuo Ohno, the avant-garde master of butoh, in Japan, and with Manja Chmiel, a leader in Neue Tanz, the German dance movement that evolved alongside Bauhaus. Deeply inspired by both art forms, they adhered to neither. Their original work, which made its American debut in S.F., was a revelation. Soon afterward, the dancers returned for a few months every year to collaborate with Bay Area artists. Fittingly, while touring with the “Retrospective Project,” a celebration of the duo’s 40-year partnership, Eiko & Koma have decided create new work here. Fragile, which was developed with the Kronos Quartet, explores fragility in a stark way. Audience members are invited to sit in intimate proximity to the performers and view them from multiple viewpoints, for any duration that is comfortable. During the second week of their residency, Eiko & Koma present Regeneration, a selection of three definitive early works.
March 15-17, 2012