Recent Press Quotes
"paints the stage with such dense, evocative scenes..."
- Daria Kaufman, examiner.com Read the full review!
“... mad and maddening, a wild whirl of song, text, visual design and movement...”
-Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
“... out-of-the-blue originality...”
-Becca Hirschman, SF Appeal
“...intriguing, exerimental, well thought-out, studiously chaotic and ambitionsly searching.”
-Michael Wade Simpson, CultureVulture.net
“Art that revels and reveals through intimacy and lack of pretense.”
-Michael Wade Simpson, San Francisco Chronicle
“A lively blend of the political and the personal, a fluid journey to the emotional through the physical and back again. Their dance works evoke and penetrate the multifarious strands of the human condition.”
-Sima Belmar, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Hard-edged, arresting, clear ....nevertheless hard to describe.”
-Paul Parish, Dance View West
“Intense, intuitive choreography.”
-The Los Angeles Times
“...the real thing: clear, emotive and thoughtfully structured.”
-Rachel Howard, The San Francisco Examiner
More press quotes....
"With its short phrases, quick shifts, and shared partnering, There exuded a sense of urgency from the moment the two men put on their shoes for their respective journeys ...There took a fresh look at a basic human concern; it was well thought out and excellently presented."
-Rita Felciano, San Francisco Bay Guardian 2003
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"Outstanding in concept, choreography and performance was Kimiko Guthrie's There. Guthrie both wrote and read the text which deals with being, becoming and knowing the self. It was very effectively danced by Eric Kupers and Frank Shawl. Kupers and Shawl shared a unique bond and intimate timing. Erin Gottwald and Debby Kajiyama, dressed in black, served as 'fates', driving the men to see, yet not believe life's inevitability."
-Joanna Harris, Voice of Dance, 2003
"The strongest piece on the show, both in certainty of purpose and in edge of execution, was Kimiko Guthrie's There. Ms. Guthrie's shows are always heavily attended by other dancers; she's probably on everybody's short list of whose work is most interesting. Hard-edged, arresting, clear, There is nevertheless hard to describe."
-Paul Parish, Dance View West, 2003
"...There revealed Guthrie to be the choreographer to watch, one capable of producing provocative works."
-Joyce Nishioka, Asian Week, 2003
"Undressed blurs the objectification of the body, allowing new ways of looking at dance."
-Sima Belmar, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 2003
"Exposing his body and the dance world's narrow view of beauty, (Kupers) is ballsy in every sense of the word ...risking self-exposure in constantly shifting ways ...Guthrie, Dandelion Dancetheater's matriarch, is also no stranger to risk ...Guthrie and Kupers are without rival in the partnering context. They move fluidly and with rhythmic precision and, despite size differences, lift and lower each other with equal grace."
-Sima Belmar, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 2002
"(Dandelion Dancetheater's work is) a lively blend of the personal and the political, a fluid journey to the emotional through the physical and back again ...Their dance works evoke and penetrate the multifarious strains of the human condition. As choreographers, dancers, and educators, they exhibit an inspiring level of sophistication and integrity."
-Sima Belmar, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 2000
"...using only a few witty colors and applying them heavily, Guthrie designed a dance about instinct and community, competitiveness and unity."
-Ann Murphy, The Oakland Tribune, 2001
"Kimiko Guthrie is multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multitalented...She and...(Eric Kupers) - masters at going into the floor silently - specialize in seamless contact duets that breathe in arcs and spirals. They have a keen sense of gesture....(Guthrie) has proved her ability to allow text to illuminate movement and vice versa through a solid interweaving of live music ...singing, speaking, and dancing."
-Sima Belmar, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 29, 1998
"Accompanied by Bob Frank's sweet yodeling and Monica Pasqual's dirge -a resonant, multilayered score...Guthrie restrains Miyo's anger and sticks to the what and where; she gives the dancing room to deliver compassionate insights into the characters' transgressions..."
-Apollinaire Scherr, San Francisco Weekly, May 6, 1998
"Recollections of a Hapa Cowgirl, choreographed by the fantastically expressive Kimiko Guthrie... is a riveting ride, presenting the All-American family and its dark secrets for what they are....If any one piece from Small-town, USA ever hit a nerve in the national conscious, its "Recollections"....It needs to be seen."
-Kimberly Gaurdino, Santa Cruz Good Times, June 12, 1997
"... Guthrie's eloquent simplicity has an almost epic quality."
-Rita Felciano, San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 24, 1999