Paufve / Dance, Choreography by Randee Paufve
I don’t have much to say about this dance. I went to see friends and hang out with my brother. Sometimes it’s not about the dance, but about who you get to talk with after. This was one of those dances for me.
San Francisco Ballet, choreography by George Balanchine, Mark Morris, Liam Scarlett
Back to the SF Opera House.
I saw two San Francisco Ballet programs last season – both full length pieces (Giselle and Schokovitch Trilogy). I didn’t write much about the dancing in either ballet. This year started I with a mixed repertory program: Rubies (Balanchine), Drink to me with Thine Eyes (Morris), and Fearless Creatures (Scarlett). I rather enjoyed “the whole” of the evening; it was nicely curated. The pieces were abstractly similar even if they come out of different times and represent different aesthetics. I got a little nostalgic with Rubies (1967) – some Balanchine choreography can do that to me. Learning and performing Concerto Barocoo back in 1987/1988 was an incredible experience, and sometimes when I watch Balanchine’s choreography I enjoy (and appreciate) the work happening on stage. I got a little dreamy watching Drink to me with Thine Eyes (1987). There was buzz about Fearless Creatures (2015); I heard a rumor about standing ovations. I watched a lot of creature in this piece but wanted more fearless. A quick read through the program notes confirmed this observation: “anti-venom to the fairies;” “synergy within them (the dancers) as a pack;” “something prowling.” I think our world needs more fearless right now, but I also understand and appreciate time spent in the beauty and wonder of a dance. “Program 2” was a pleasant surprise, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that the next SF Ballet program will be just as tight and maybe a little more fearless.