Renate Stendhal

Reviews, articles and commentary
from November 2004 through Last Month.


Meret Oppenheim | My Exhibition at New York's MOMA: Kown/Unknown
October 2022

Immersive Frida Kahlo in San Francisco
June 2022

Meret Oppenheim
Be chic & lick away  October 2017

In celebration  August 2017

Art and the City
Was Gaudi gay?  June 2014

Meret Oppenheim  
Retrospective: 100th anniversary  October 2013

Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde 
The Steins Collect at SFMOMA  July 2011

Seeing Gertrude Stein
Five Stories  at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco  June 2011

Dressed in Gertrude Stein   
Katrina Rodabaugh's The Dresses/Objects Project  October 2010

Mein Kampf vs Notre Combat
Linda Ellia's book exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco  May 2010

Frida Kahlo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  July 2008

Ballet SWL06REH-ET014-crs 

Mark Morris World Première
Via Dolorosa plus Socrates at Cal Performances Berkeley
July 2024

Dos Mujeres at San Francisco Ballet
A Domestic Carmen and Ten Male Fridas
June 2024

Anne Karenina by the Joffrey Ballet
Tolstoy with a Twist
May 2024

British Icons: A new era at San Francisco Ballet
Kenneth MacMillan's Das Lied von der Erde and
Frederick Ashton's Marguerite and Armand
April 2024

The Legacy of Pina Bausch: Le Sacre du printemps and common ground(s)
 at Cal Performances, Berkeley. Bausch's seminal Sacre dances by African dancers
April 2024

Mere Mortals: A World Première at San Francisco Ballet
Pandora's Box and AI by Aszure Barton
March 2024

Hamburg Ballet Festival: John Neumeier's A Sreetcar Named Desire
August 2023

SF Ballet Next@90 Festival: The Colors of Dance
May 2023

SF Ballet Next@90 FestivL: Program C and Giselle
April 2023

SF Ballet West Coast and World Premieres, Program 4 and 6
May 2022

Mrs. Robinson: World Premiere at Sf Ballet
March 2022

In Balanchineメs Classwoom: A Documentary Film
November 2021

Virtual Season at San Francisco Ballet
July 2021

Die Toteninsel
A World Premiere by Liam Scarlett  May 2019

San Francisco Ballet's Program 2  April 2019

In Space and Time
San Francisco Ballet's new season March 2019

"Unbound" Festival of New Works
San Francisco Ballet June 2018

San Francisco Ballet April 2017

Seven Sonatas and Yuan Yuan Tan at San Francisco Ballet June 2016

Yuri Possokhov's Multimedia Ballet based on John Cheever  May 2016

Passion, Sex, Humor
San Francisco Ballet Premieres Forsythe and Scarlett  March 2016

Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet
with Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella at Cal Performances  November 2015

Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett
Best of Youth at San Francisco Ballet  May 2015

Australian Ballet with Lady Di's Swan Lake
Controversial and unforgettable  November 2014

Prince Charming Finds His Dream Girl
San Francisco Ballet's new Cinderella  June 2013

Ballet Comparisons
Best and Second-Best in SF Ballet Revivals (Onegin & Raymonda)   May 2013

Nijinsky by John Neumeier
A Thinking Man's 'God of Dance' at San Francisco Ballet  April 2013

If A Body Could Grimace
Body-Torture Modernism and Classic Masterpieces by the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago  March 2013

Onegin by John Cranko  
San Francisco Ballet  March 2012 

Feather on the Breath of God
Lorena Feijoo in San Francisco Ballet's revival of Giselle  April 2011

Mermaids Who Love Too Much  
The Little Mermaid at SF Ballet, crippled and humiliated by John Neumeier  April 2010

Suzanne Farrell Ballet 
Cal Performances, Berkeley  December 2009

Pina Bausch A Memory
Farewell to the creator of dance theater  September 2009

Much Ado About Diva Scale   
Forsythe, Balanchine and Caniparoli at San Francisco Ballet  April 2009

San Francisco Ballet's Swan Rock 
By director/choreographer Helgi Tomasson  April 2009

Endangered Species  
Pina Bausch's "Ten Chi" at Berkeley Cal  December 2007

Sacred Monsters On Stage and Off 
Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan in Berkeley  July 2007

Puzzles and Wonders
Shen Wei Dance Arts at Cal Performances, Berkeley  May 2007

Vu and Deja Vu
William Forsythe  Artifact Suite (1984 and 2004)  April 2007

Matthew Bourne's All-Male Swan Lake 
The shamanic version ten years later May 2006

Lorena Feijoo in Swan Lake  
Smoldering White, Lethal Black  March 2006

Romeo and Juliet  
With Yuan Yuan Tan at San Francisco Ballet    June 2005

Ballet and Sex
Joan Acocella Lectures in Berkeley  April 2005

From Hard Nut To Sugary Nutcracker   
Mark Morris Meets Matthew Bourne  January 2005

Shen Wei Dance Arts
A discovery by Robert Cole  November 2004


John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Reviewed By Gertrude Stein February 2021

When Editing Isn't Ghosting
Two writers, eighty and ninety-seven years of age January 2020

Lost Time
Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp  January 2019

Hotel Violet
Excerpt from Kiss Me Again, Paris, a memoir by Renate Stendhal  May 2017

Night Wanderer
Excerpt from Kiss Me Again, Paris, a memoir by Renate Stendhal
February 2017

Amour Fou
Excerpt from Kiss Me Again, Paris, a memoir by Renate Stendhal
February 2017

Paris by Night
Excerpt from Kiss Me Again, Paris, a memoir by Renate Stendhal
February 2017

Gay Pride before the hour and right now  September 2014

Sex In Marriage
Why write another book about it?  May 2014

Monsieur Ambivalence
How reading Pascal can change your life  March 2014

There's No Business Like Book Business
The brave new world of e-publishing and self-publishing  July 2013

Feast For The Senses: A Musical Oddysey In Umbria
By Lin Arison & Diane C. Stoll  March 2011  

Cuban Ballet: From Swan to Phoenix
Octavio Roca's candid revelations in his new book  October 2010

Charlotte alias Sir Charles
Kathryn Shevelow's Charlotte  May 2005


Self on Self: A Café diary from San Francisco, 1987
August 2022

A Romance with Frugality: Meret Oppenheim, Food and the Bohemian Lifestyle
December 2021

Male Viewers Handle with Care
40th Anniversary of the Multimedia Show
In the Beginning…of the End: A Voyage of Women Becoming  September 2020

On Wiley At Eighty
In giving up books, Wiley has found a profound consolation  December 2019

A Week In War Zone California
Are we prepared?  December 2019

Ode to the Frogs!
Most nights I sit in bed reading  July 2019

Bonnne Birthday Glückwunsch!
Consistent wit and relevance  June 2019

Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy
#MeToo violence hidden in plain sight  December 2018

#Me Too Back Then
Sexual harassment log of a German girl  November 2018

Café Paris
How to be French without doing anything about it  July 2018

Best in Show
My life in HD  January 2018

Das Klagende Lied  March 2017

Curvy Barbie With Brains
Featuring the new Gertrude Stein Barbie!  April 2016

Weapons of Mass Distraction
Thoughts about addiction to electronic devices  December 2013

Paris with Pina, Salome and Claude
Pina Bausch, Strauss' Salome and Claude Cahun  November 2011

Stumbling Stones in German Streets   
A Holocaust memorial on city sidewalks  November 2009

Think Big and Do What You Can! Interview with Robert Cole
Interview with Robert Cole on his final season at the helm of Cal Performances  July 2009

The Labyrinth of 1000 Women 
The Women's Memorial Labyrinth Celebration in Wiesbaden   July 2006

Jeanne Stark Jochman, pianist
Timeless Clarity at Herbst Hall, San Francisco  March 2006

Bad Table Manners
Erotic story for the Special Issue The Art of Sex in the Arts  February 2006

Film almodovar-g-cr2-s  

Almodóvar Short Films Part 2 - The Human Voice
Tilda Swinton as an axe murderer
January 2024

Almodóvar Short Films Part 1 - Strange Way of Life
The first gay Western by the Spanish filmmaker
December 2023

Todd Field's Film Tár decoded
February 2023

Portrait of a Lady On Fire
The Female Gaze of Céline Sciamma's new film  April 2020

Blue is the Warmest Color
French Sheet Acrobatics  February 2014

Gertrude Stein in the Movies
Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and Alan Rudolph's The Moderns  
September 2012    

Black Swan
By director Darren Aronofsky  February 2011

A film about Pina Bausch's Kontakthof danced by teenagers  July 2010

Belle de Jour, Belle TouJours
Manoel de Oliveira's sequel to Bunuel's Belle de Jour  February 2008    

Surprise Winner
The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio  December 2005

Phantom Limb
The cinematic alchemy of Jay Rosenblatt   October 2005

Almodóvar's Tropical Malady (Sud Pralad)
Winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes  August 2005

Embracing the Crocodile
Second Thoughts about Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education (La Mala Educación)
March 2005

Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education
(La Mala Educación)  February 2005

Opera Brunnhilde-on-Wotan_s-des-c 

Benjamin Britten's Billy Bud at San Francisco Opera
October 2019

Quo Vadis Santa Fe Opera?
Is Santa Fe Opera trending in the modernist, "fashionist" direction that hopes to attract younger audiences?  September 2019

The American Ring
Back in San Francisco Opera with rape, handmaids, and #MeToo  August 2018

The new Tosca at the Met
Sexual harassment 101  March 2018

Massenet's Manon
Michael Fabiano debuts at San Francisco Opera  December 2017

San Francisco Opera's Summer of Passions
Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, La Boheme  September 2017

A Modernist Rosenkavalier at the Met
Octavian as a trannie  June 2017

Cultural Best of 2016
Opera and Other Feasts  February 2017

Seduction with Words and Music
Capriccio and Don Giovanni at Santa Fe Opera  October 2016

Samuel Barber's Vanessa
Modern and romantic at Santa Fe Opera  September 2016

Carmen at San Francisco Opera
A piece of meat  July 2016

Les Troyens - in Paris, London and San Francisco
Major operatic excitement  September 2015

Seven Keys to Saving Opera
The Double Bill of Iolanta/ Bluebeard's Castle at the Met  March 2015

Gender Bender
Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the Paris Opera  August 2014

Eugene Onegin with Anna Netrebko
Another Star Turn for Netrebko  November 2013

Forget Venice!
Tales of Hoffmann  San Francisco Opera  August 2013

Jake Heggie's Moby Dick
Flying Nantucket-Man? San Francisco Opera  December 2012

Xerxes by Handel
San Francisco Opera  December 2011

Four Saints in Three Acts, An Installation
Gertrude Stein's Opera at San Francisco's Summer Of Stein  October 2011

Summer of the Ring and Summer of Gertrude Stein
Richard Wagner and Gertrude Stein in San Francisco  August 2011

Immortal Diva: The Makropulos Case
Leos Janacek at San Francisco Opera  January 2011

The Ring Machine
Robert Lepage's production of Das Rheingold at the Met  December 2010

Not Exactly Paradise
Massenet's Werther at San Francisco Opera  November 2010

Outplaying the Met
Tales of Hoffman at Santa Fe Opera  September 2010

The All-American Ring is shaping up at SF Opera
Wagner's Ring Cycle directed by Francesca Zambello  August 2010

A Formidable Carmen
Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna at the Met  February 2010

The Met's New Tosca–Luc–warm
Luc Bondy's New Tosca Live in HD  November 2009

Anna Netrebko as La Traviata
San Francisco Opera  August 2009

Brave New Met
Brilliance and kitsch  June 2009

Opera and Popcorn
Live in HD at the Met  November 2008

San Francisco Opera's Summer Of Madness
Lucia di Lammermoor, Ariodante, Das Rheingold  August 2008

Der Rosenkavalier at San Francisco Opera
Boy played by girl dresses up as girl to get girl  August 2007

Alice Alice.  Opera On Demand
(Alice Waters and John Adams)  April 2006

Doctor Atomic Is Dead!
Doctor Atomic by composer John Adams at SF Opera  November 2005

Operatic Gamble. Queen of Spades, Cosi fan tutte, The Pearl Fishers
SF Opera's summer performances by director Pamela Rosenberg 
September 2005

Theatre einstein-crs   

Letter to a Man
Robert Wilson with Mikhail Baryshnikov: Dark, Arid Exercise of Perfection December 2016

Robert Wilson's The Old Woman
Russian dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov and actor Willem Dafoe  January 2015

Einstein On the Beach:Then and Now
Revival World Tour at Cal Performances, Berkeley  December 2012

Art and Magic
Arlecchino, A Winter's Tale, The Tempest  January 2006

Remains of the Season
Theatre and Opera in San Francisco  July 2005

Laurie Anderson's The End of the Moon
Cal Performances Berkeley  December 2004

Robert Wilson's Black Rider
The first full-length play by Robert Wilson shown in California  October 2004


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