Renate Stendhal

Articles, reviews and commentary
from November 2004 through Last Month.


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

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

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

Meret Oppenheim   
Retrospective: 100th Anniversary  October 2013

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

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

Ballet SWL06REH-ET014-crs 

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

San Francisco Ballet Premieres Forsythe and Scarlett
Passion, sex, humor bounce off the stage  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: Lady Di’s Swan Lake
Controversial and unforgettable  November 2014

Romeo and Juliet  
San Francisco Ballet (with Yuan Yuan Tan)   June 2005

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

Matthew Bourne's All-Male Swan Lake: Ten Years Later 
Matthew Bourne's shamanic version of Swan Lake  May 2006

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

Suzanne Farrell Ballet 
Cal Performances, Berkeley  December 2009

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

Onegin by John Cranko  
San Francisco Ballet  March 2012 

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

Shen Wei Dance Arts
Shen Wei's choreography, discovered by the artistic director of Cal Performances, Robert Cole  November 2004

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

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

Endangered Species: Pina Bausch  
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
Shen Wie Dance Arts at Cal Performances, Berkeley  May 2007

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

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

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

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

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

Ballet and Sex
Joan Acocella Lectures in Berkeley  April 2005


Capturing Love | The Invisibles  September 2014

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

Charlotte alias Sir Charles
Kathryn Shevelow’s "Charlotte"  May 2005

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

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

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

Monsieur Ambivalence
How reading Pascal can change your life  March 2014


Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy
San Francisco performance of pop songs revealing the #MeToo violence hidden in plain sight  December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Film almodovar-g-cr2-s  

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

Surprise Winner
The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio  December 2005

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

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

Phantom Limb
The cinematic alchemy of Jay Rosenblatt   October 2005

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

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

Black Swan
By director Darren Aronofsky  February 2011

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

Blue is the Warmest Color
French Sheet Acrobatics  February 2014

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

Opera Brunnhilde-on-Wotan_s-des-c 

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

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

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

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

Der Rosenkavalier at San Francisco Opera
Boy Played by Girl Dresses Up As A Girl To Get A Girl  August 2007

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

Opera and Popcorn
Live in HD at the Met  November 2008

Anna Netrebko as La Traviata
San Francisco Opera  August 2009

Brave New Met
Brilliance and Kitsch  June 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Xerxes by Handel
San Francisco Opera  December 2011

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

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

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

Forget Venice!
Tales of Hoffmann  San Francisco Opera  August 2013

Eugene Onegin with Anna Netrebko
The Met's Season Opening Live in HD: Another Star Turn for Netrebko  November 2013

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

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

Theatre einstein-crs    

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Wilson's The Old Woman
With big names of experimental dance and theater on stage:
Russian dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov and actor Willem Dafoe  January 2015


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