San Francisco Ballet Program 5: culturevulture.net – review

San Francisco Ballet offered something for the funny bone and something for the heart in its fourth program offering of the 2009 season. First the heart. Antony Tudor’s 1936 masterpiece “Jardin aux Lilas” (“Lilac Garden”) stepped out on the San Francisco stage for the first time, a belated but welcome  ...

Swan Lake, San Francisco Ballet Program 3

Ballet in four acts by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky New production choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov) Orchestra conducted by Martin West War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco World premiere, February 21, 2009 (program continues, with alternating casts, through March 1) http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season/program3.asp Considered purely as a vehicle  ...

San Francisco Ballet, Program 5

Works by Mark Morris: “A Garden,” “Joyride,” and “Sandpaper Ballet” Orchestra conducted by David LaMarche and Martin West (for “Joyride”) War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco March 13, 2009 (program continues, with alternating casts, through March 24) http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season/program5.asp Mark Morris has enjoyed a 15-year collaboration with San Francisco Ballet,  ...

San Francisco Ballet, Programs 1 & 2, 2007

There are two ballets to talk about here, Artifact Suite, by William Forsythe (seen on Program 1), and Yuri Possokhov’s new Firebird (Program 2). Both were splendid. The other four ballets on the first two programs of the season may have been less noteworthy, but that is not to call  ...