Cinderella

Christopher Wheeldon’s co-production with Dutch National Ballet of “Cinderella” is dance theater, conceived of in that genre’s finest tradition, but by no means limited by it. A marvelous scenic design team headed by costume and set designer Julian Crouch,  ...

Made for SF Ballet, Program 7

Helgi Tomasson created “Trio” in 2011. It proceeds from a sixth sense of what Tchaikovsky’s piece “Souvenir” proposed about the shape of a dance work. Tomasson abandoned the notion of a continuous motif in favor of three different ones.  ...

Truman (2015)

You know you’re in for a treat when among the opening scenes of a film is one where two mature men face each other across a threshold, say nothing, but with an exchange of facial expressions and body language, tell  ...

Swan Lake

“It’s complicated,” Prince Siegfried (Joseph Walsh) might be inclined to confess, if asked to sum up his erotic inclinations. He celebrates his birthday while sharing a carousing bromance with his tutor, Wolfgang (Val Caniparoli), and appeasing his meddling Queen Mother  ...

The Women’s Balcony (2016)

My father broke with the religion of his birth, Judaism, when he was 14. Three factors drove his apostasy, two practical, one philosophical. During my grandfather’s Austrian childhood, a rabbi boxed his ear for an infraction of one of a  ...

Jerzy

Dissemble: (per the OED) Conceal or disguise one's true feelings or beliefs. Dissemble: A word I have never understood. Why not just say “lie”? In “Jerzy,” PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist Jerome Charyn bites off more than most of us  ...

Salome, a world premiere at San Francisco Ballet

An argument favoring bilingual education: When a child whose first language is not yet well-established is placed in a classroom where only English is spoken, the child develops “subtractive bilingualism,” making mastery of both languages difficult. Something along these  ...

Interview with playwright Lisa Loomer

In late February, I had a chance to sit down with playwright Lisa Loomer (“The Waiting Room,” “Girl Interrupted”) to discuss her play “Roe,” now at Berkeley Rep. My own experience with the political and practical history of winning and  ...

Must-See Balanchine

Stagers Bart Cook and Maria Calegari return as Balanchine Trust emissaries to transmit the particularities signaling George Balanchine’s momentous break with traditional classical ballet to another generation of dancers. In three works, “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” “Prodigal Son,” and “Diamonds”  ...

Frankenstein

Sparks flew at Friday evening’s San Francisco Ballet performance of Liam Scarlett’s “Frankentstein.” Unfortunately, they produced more light than heat. By the end of the co-commission with London’s Royal Ballet, quantity turned to quality, and Vitor Luiz’s jolie-laid rendering of  ...