San Francisco Ballet – Program 5

 

March 9 -19, 2017 SF Opera House

Ballet at the Movies

Contemporary Voices,” Program 5 in repertory at the San Francisco Ballet brought to the Opera House a World Premiere “Salome,” a work by Portuguese choreographer Arthur Pita. Pita, so the program notes, “has an affinity for the films of David Lynch.” Most recently we have seen his “La La Land” but also check out Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive.” Pita has also made reference to Oscar Wilde’s play, David McVicar’s opera and the Bible story. Finally the ballet is Pita’s own invention; a ‘rite of passage’ for Salome (not her father Herod), no ‘seven veils’ dance but cannon shots, lots of confetti on stage and of course, the severed head.

SF Ballet – Program 4 – Balanchine

 

March 7, 2017 (and repertory dates)

San Francisco Opera House

Beloved Balanchine

It is a great pleasure, after many inventive, but not always successful new works introduced into the repertory of the SF Ballet, to return to an evening of retrospective ballets by the master, George Balanchine. For me it is like coming home. I first saw his company, the NYC Ballet in 1948. The March 7 evening renewed every pleasure in Balanchine’s genius.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

 

Cal Performances UC Berkeley March 3,4, 2017

Forty Funny Years Dancing

The “Trocks” as they are affectionately called, celebrated 40 years of performance at UC Berkeley with a program that included their famous Act 2 parody of “Swan Lake,” as well as the “Pas de Six” from “Esmeralda,” the notorious “Dying Swan,” and last (but certainly not least,)”Don Quixote.” What is amazing and now, more than ever before, is the mastery of both the technique and choreography required to execute these ballets…and then to add the humor intrinsic to the Trocks.

SF Ballet “Frankenstein”

SF Ballet Frankenstein

February 17-26, North American Premier

SF Opera House

Spectacle “Frankenstein”

 

“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay

To mould me Man, did I solicit thee

From darkness to promote me?”

Milton: Paradise Lost (Book X, 743–745)

 

A ballet is not a novel, yet important elements of the novel need be realized if the choreographer is to be true to the original.

Batsheva Dance Company

Last Work

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

February 15-17, 2017

A Lasting Work

The dance of the Batsheva Dance Company is amazing. Somehow the presentation offers extensive solos as well as brilliant ensemble work. There are no ‘run of the mill’ dance numbers here. Every moment of the 70 minutes of “Last Work” demands audience attention and admiration.

Black Choreographers Festival

 

Malonga Casquelourd CFTA

1428 Alice Street Oakland

February 11,12, 2017

Many Dimensions

The Black Choreographers Festival celebrated its 15th year by returning to the Malonga Casquelourd Center where it was performed in 2005. As Kendra Barnes, BCF co-producer suggests, ‘”it is like returning home.”

The unique program featured the special talents of Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ibrahima Diouf, Phylicia Stroud and Deborah Vaughan of Dimensions Dance Theater. Joseph dominated the evening with three ‘talking/dancing’ segments.