Critical Acclaim

SEASON 7 (Do Be @ Z Space)

“Post:Ballet’s Dekkers proves ‘Do Be’ project worth doing… an audacious and engaging piece.” -Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle, August 5, 2016 (full article)

Do Be is “…packed with mischief and whimsy. It’s a surreal, madcap adventure with universal appeal, notwithstanding its adult level of sophistication.” -Carla Escoda, KQED Arts, August 3, 2016 (full article)

“An enchanting, surreal and achingly human evening…” -Leigh Donlan, Ballet to the People, August 5, 2016 (full article)

“For all of the discipline behind both the choreography and the music of Do Be, the real enjoyment of the piece comes from the outrageousness of its all.” -Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio, August 5, 2016 (full article)

“Get set for a deliciously wild ride of imagination, whimsy and capriciousness with Do Be, an artistic experience created by Post:Ballet and The Living Earth Show. Post:Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Dekkers and The Living Earth Show co-founders Travis Andrews and Andy Meyerson have launched a production filled with innovative choreography and narrative revelation set amidst epic unconventionality. In addition, Do Be speaks to the convergence of compositional independence and interdependence. Each of its six individual chapters is its own unique theatrical container, featuring a different commissioned score, performed live by Andrews on guitar and Meyerson on percussion. And yet there is an undercurrent of connection running through. The resulting full-length work takes a deep dive into creative collaboration and explores the choreographic, musical, design and conceptual possibilities within twenty-first century dance theater performance.” -Heather Desaulniers, Dance CommentaryAugust 5, 2016 (full article)

 

SEASON 6 (SIX PACK @ YBCA Theater)

“…cerebral, cutting-edge creations – work that never seems to tread the same ground twice.” -Carla Escoda, Huffington Post, July 21, 2015 (full article)

“Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Dekkers, Post:Ballet is a contemporary performance powerhouse with limitless potential. Six Pack exudes the company’s uncompromising vision, passionate drive and forward trajectory.” -Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance, July 26, 2015 (full review)

“The rise of Post:Ballet to the upper echelon of Bay Area contemporary classical troupes has been rapid, astonishing and artistically satisfying. Founder Robert Dekkers… has assembled a nine-member team that embraces every challenge thrown their way.” -Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, July 23, 2015 (full article)

“There are many contemporary artists for whom collaboration drives process. But there are actually very few who seek collaboration as a force for change, for creative growth, for departure from the norm. Robert Dekkers is one of the few, and with Do Be: Family, it shows.” -Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance, July 26, 2015 (full review)

Post:Ballet’s Six Pack performance was “enveloped in such handsome production values that troupes with three times Dekkers’ budget might look on with envy. These collaborators set Post:Ballet apart from the crowd. Taste and discrimination never hurt.” -Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, July 25, 2015 (full review)

 

SEASON 5 (FIVE HIGH @ YBCA Theater and HI-5 @ Z Space)

“This is a company that not only lives dangerously– it thrives on it. Art should be dangerous — it should take chances, push boundaries, envelopes and most of all, audiences. When it works, as so many of Dekkers’ pieces do in this current program, audiences embrace the push.” -David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, November 21, 2014 (full review)

“Like a René Magritte painting come to life, Robert Dekkers’ latest assault on the conventions of theatrical dance piles up one absurd image on another in precise, deliberate fashion, leading us rapidly from a vision of tranquil domesticity into hell and chaos, in concert with Anna Meredith’s seductive electronic score – gamely executed by The Living Earth Show…” -Carla Escoda, The Huffington Post, November 22, 2014 (full review)

“Every dance company should be lucky enough to have a Robert Dekkers at the helm. In a mere five years, he has brought his Post:Ballet to the attention of audiences looking for substantial summertime dance fare and held their interest…. The nine dancers, drawn prominently from the local ballet world, are among the finest on the West Coast.” -Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, August 9, 2014 (full review)

“The space between life and art is not neat and tidy; it isn’t tied up in a perfect package. Do Be: Tassel breaks facades, digs beneath the surface and is committed to sparking a conversation about this reality.” -Heather Desaulniers, Dance Commentary, November 21, 2014 (full review)

“Among Western dance genres, ballet today remains close to its original form, and even in so-called modern ballet, certain movements are expected. But Robert Dekkers, founder and artistic director of San Francisco-based Post:Ballet, is moving the form into the 21st century.” -Andrea Pflaumer, San Francisco Examiner, August 5, 2014 (full article)

“In the past half decade, Artistic Director Robert Dekkers has created a successful, thriving and influential arts institution with Post:Ballet, but what ‘Five High’ truly reveals is the journey of an artistic family; a cohesive and committed group of professionals that has gelled creatively and grown together. It is going to be a joy to see where Post:Ballet is five years from now.” -Heather Desaulniers, Dance Commentary, August 7, 2014 (full review)

 

SEASON 4 (FOUR PLAYS @ YBCA Theater)

“Robert Dekkers’ mind is like a bullet train, and as we race to keep up with him we realize his dances are not just landscapes of streamlined bodies making pretty shapes, but also witty social commentary.”  – Carla Escoda, The Huffington Post, July 24, 2013 (full review)

“The collaborative mixed repertory program revealed Artistic Director Robert Dekkers’ creative genius and the off-the-charts talent of every Post:Ballet dance artist.”  – Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance, July 31, 2013 (full review)

“Dekkers’ ability to capture so many different mediums and have them each unravel onstage according to his direction was beyond impressive.” – Lara Wilson, DIY dancer, July 27, 2013 (full review)

“[T]here are a few ‘must-sees’ every summer, and Post:Ballet is definitely one of them.”
– Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance, July 31, 2013 (full review)

“The Post:Ballet dancers are sleek, skilled, and very cool, the pointework solid, the jumps high, the lifts assured. There is no doubting the athleticism of the work, and Dekkers makes them do it all besieged by paint, sculptures, musicians, and projections.”  – Irene Hsiao, SF Weekly, July 24, 2013  (full review)

“Perhaps most intriguing is the ease with which Dekkers’ choreography embraces the ground and the air as one liquid continuum. His dancers crawl, slither, and slide along the floor like billowing smoke — and then rise into space as if born to it.”  – Rita Felciano, San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 23, 2013 (full review)

“If you were to judge Robert Dekkers’ Post:Ballet by the choreographer’s taste in collaborators, this small classical chamber company would be at the top of the local heap.” – Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, July 19, 2013 (full review)

“Striking… a tight athletic tussle that made you want to see more work by this guy.” -Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times, October 21, 2012 (full review)

“Robert Dekkers’ Redhood’s End set the stage on fire in a surreal time warp.” -Carla Escoda, Bachtrack, October 31, 2013 (full review)

 

SEASON 3 (TRIADS @ Herbst Theater)

“Post:Ballet… argues to become a permanent fixture on the local dance scene. We need more companies like this – inventive, focused, sophisticated and anything but risk averse.” -Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, July 22, 2012 (full review)

“Kudos to Robert Dekkers for taking risks and pushing the ballet envelope.” -Jeff Tobaco, Music and the Mirror, July 27, 2012  (full review)

“Smashing, 4 out of 5 stars.”  -Gregory M. Alonzo, Stark Insider, July 23, 2012  (full review)

“…Dekkers is most accomplished at—involving his audience in the shared gentle and diverting moments—a rare, if not rarified talent…”  -Toba Singer, California Literary Review, July 24, 2012  (full review)

“Dekkers’ choreography has an unmatched level of accessibility… he is like a master chef, who possesses an acute sense of how ingredients fit together, creating a clear finished product.” -Heather Desaulniers, In Dance, October 1, 2011 (full article)

 

SEASON 2 (SECONDS @ Herbst Theater)

“Post:Ballet is an example of everything that is good about the Bay Area dance scene — inventive choreography, intriguing music, and top-notch dancers.”  -Geri Jeter, California Literary Review, July 25, 2011  (full review)

“Dekkers followed his quirky muse away from the establishment and toward dance that is meticulously crafted, finely structured, decidedly daring and always beautifully performed.”  -Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Arts Monthly, June 26, 2011  (full article)

“This company’s future looks brilliant – Post:Ballet is fantastic and a must-see for every ballet patron in the San Francisco Bay Area.”  -Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance, July 16, 2011 (full review)

Robert Dekkers named ’25 To Watch’ -DANCE Magazine, January 2011 (full article)

“’Me No You’ looked like an essay on variations but it was so intriguingly done that it surpassed its origins as an exercise. Restricting the vocabulary to perhaps half a dozen ideas, Dekkers worked them like a rubix cube, suggesting both control and freedom.”  -Rita Felciano, Dance View Times, November 11, 2010 (full article)

“Dekkers’… choreography and artistic collaborations are risky and challenging, yet they still cling to traditional technique in a very unique and genuine way.”  -Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance, October 2, 2010 (full article)

 

SEASON 1 (CONCERT ONE @ Cowell Theater)

“Dekkers’ fierce choreography… will keep those who ordinarily fall asleep at the ballet wide awake.”  -Katie Gaydos, San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 14, 2010  (full review)

“A young choreographer with the maturity and self-discipline to create sophisticated work that means something to him personally, yet is accessible and entertaining to viewers who have no knowledge of his inspiration… Robert Dekkers and his new company, Post:Ballet, are much needed in the Bay Area dance scene.”  -Claudia Bauer, speakingofdance.com, July 19, 2010 (full review)

Post:Ballet named ‘Best New Dance’ of San Francisco –7×7 Magazine, April 2010 (full article)

“Call me a bourgeois classicist, but I like pretty dance… there is something undeniably appealing about watching dance rooted in beauty. Luckily, choreographer Robert Dekkers knows how to make dance that is both aesthetically pleasing and free from some of the more restrictive aspects of ballet.”  -Katie Gaydos, San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 21, 2010 (full review)

“An exciting display of strong choreographic talent, solid technical dancing and experimental interdisciplinary collaboration. But, what was most apparent… was the freshness and optimism that radiated from the stage. Post:Ballet is going to be a group to watch over the next decade.”  -Heather Desaulniers, Dance Commentary, July 20, 2010  (full review)

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