San Francisco Ballet Program 2

San Francisco Ballet Program 2. January 26, 2017

San Francisco Opera House

Theater, Technology, Technique

Did you ever see the Eisenstein film “Battleship Potemkin?” Search for it online and watch it. It will give you the events and background of Yuri Possokhov’s World Premiere ballet, “Optimistic Tragedy.” Screen shots, video and scenic effects dominate this work, which is “Dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives for future generations.” Clearly we are dealing here with the 1905 uprising, prelude to the Russian Revolution.

San Francisco Ballet Program 1

San Francisco Ballet Program 1. Season 2017. 84th Repertory Season

Tuesday, January 24. San Francisco Opera House

A Superb Evening of Dancing

After the Gala, the San Francisco Ballet settles into its repertory season. The good news is that the dancing is superb, although sometimes the choreography, always captivating, is less than distinguished. As classical ballet evolves into more modern dimension, the challenge to bring new styles of movement, new music, and a new dance vocabulary to old audiences is fascinating.

Regarding the Republican’s President Elect

Under our current system, it is essentially impossible for anyone to be elected as President unless he/she is put forward by either the Republican or the Democratic party. There are currently no other feasable scenarios. We should therefore not forget this and not leave off the enabling adjective Republican when mentioning the Republican’s President-Elect Donald Trump. Without the backing and agreement of the Republican party, he could not have acheived this office. Just as he constantly adds qualifiers when naming others, we should always remind everyone that he is the Republican party’s candidate and that they are responsible for him.

Dance Brigade

Gracias a la Vida” “Love in a Bitter Time

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

San Francisco January 13, 2017

Celebration and Witness

Krissy Keefer’s Dance Brigade began forty years ago as the Wallflower Order Dance Collective in 1975. The current program reflects Keefer’s continuing efforts to bring awareness, to examine, to protest and evoke audience response to women’s issues and the current political, social and environmental threats. To those ends, she has enlisted a large company, several musicians, including Holly Near, and a great technical staff.

Oakland Ballet Company – “The Nutcracker”

Oakland Ballet Company – “The Nutcracker

Paramount Theater, Oakland

December 17, 2016 1 PM

Delightful Entertainment

Once again, Graham Lustig has produced a delightful “Nutcracker” featuring Oakland’s talented children, wonderful sets and costumes and some remarkable dancing. OBC’s “Nutcracker” is not an elaborate production as one might see in NYC or San Francisco, but is it’s a joy to sense the participation and pleasure sustained by both the cast and the audience.