Dances at a Gathering, San Francisco Ballet

I’ve been to many a party in my day but few can compare to “Dances at a Gathering,” Jerome Robbins’ 1969 homage to composer Frédéric Chopin. No cocktails, paper hats or streamers here, just a piano and beautiful dancing that  ...

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

The City of Brussels, with its gilded Grand Place built on a stodgy metaphorical foundation of bullion, is perhaps the most conservative of European world capitals, known for rolling up its streets, and tucking in its bankers and tourists by  ...

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane (2015)

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane is the first installment of a trilogy, with the other two segments to premiere later this year. It is based on the oral history of a ninety-five-year old French-Jewish woman (Dora) who is both a French Legion of  ...

Coppélia , San Francisco Ballet

The aged artisan, Dr. Coppelius (Pascal Molat), likes to take a drink now and then. His exquisite doll “Coppélia,” is the canard for Swanilda (Frances Chung). Swanilda is the frisky soubrette whose course of true love with Franz  ...

Silicon Valley Ballet

With classical bravura and Jewish-inflected “shticklach” book-ending two resounding contemporary works, Silicon Valley Ballet showed that it could put its best foot forward no matter the genre. Now a mature company that has everything at the ready (except  ...

Strangers Become Flowers

Randy Pauve notes that “Strangers Become Flowers” “…is about finding places in the grip and slip of human contact…” In her beautifully crafted 50-minute piece, her six dances meet, encounter and sometimes resolve those moments, but not always.  ...

San Francisco Ballet Program 2

The Tyger (an excerpt) by William Blake “Tyger Tyger. burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies. Burnt the fire of thine  ...

Rice

All ecological fans and all lovers of the exotic must be pleased with the performance. The sections of the piece consist of episodes entitled “Soil,” “Wind,” “Pollen (1 & 2),” “Sunlight,” “Grain,” Fire,” and “Water.” These dances were backed by  ...

What The Day Owes To The Night

  Upon his father’s deathbed, choreographer Hervé Koubi learned late in his 25th year that his family’s origins were not from France, but Algeria. This dramatic revelation opened the door to Africa for him in a poetic quest of  ...

“Atomos” (2014)

      From the captivating first moments of “Atomos” it is clear that Lucy Carter’s lighting design is less about theatrical lighting and more about architecture and atmosphere. Confined by her triangular shaped ray of misty  ...