Distinctly SF Ballet

All three works on this evening's program are locally sourced archived ballets. Those who have seen them in other seasons can reflect on how they stand the test of time and a new call-up of dancers takes on the tasks  ...

Bright Fast Cool Blue

It is hard to name a work that creates otherworldliness all of one piece as does George Balanchine's sky blue "Serenade." To do justice to the Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky score, dancers must arrive floaty, swift, and punctual, contradictory though those  ...

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

It's not an unfamiliar story about 1950s film studio era diva Gloria Grahame that screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh offers, and it's a sympathetic rendering, but not so cloying as to go dime-store hagiographic. Tinsel town affords a wide girth to a  ...

Sleeping Beauty, San Francisco Ballet

The boisterous opening to the Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty overture can invite slices of a dancer's life to flash before one's eyes. For at least three generations, elements of this score have been the mainstay accompaniment to many a dance student's  ...

Interview with Danielle Rowe, Choreographer

Having followed Australian-born Danielle Rowe's ballet career since she was a principal dancer with Houston Ballet, and then having seen her perform with Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague, then again in British choreographer Christopher Bruce's "Intimate Pages," in a  ...

Garrett + Moulton 15th Anniversary

The CITGO sign that once stood as an iconic place-name in Boston’s Kenmore Square has a soulmate: the imposing ODC sign that lights the intersection at Shotwell and 17th Streets in the otherwise humble neighborhood in San Francisco’s rapidly-gentrifying Mission  ...

“Indomitable Waltz”

In its December 2, two-performance appearance at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center in Los Angeles, the Cuban dance company Malpaso featured “Indomitable Waltz,” a 2016 work set on the company in Cuba by noted choreographer Aszure Barton. It was  ...

Whose Streets? (2017)

“Whose Streets?” by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, is a documentary film about the aftermath of the August 2014 gunning down of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old Black youth, by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson Missouri. The co-directors decided  ...

San Francisco Ballet

Is classical ballet dead? A good way to test this patient’s viability is to stage Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner Symphony” in an outdoor setting, where living things abound in the lush splendor of orange poppy-fringed trees and meadows. See how it  ...