San Francisco Ballet, choreography by John Cranko
This was my fourth trip to see the San Francisco Ballet this season and my only full-length ballet. I could feel the storytelling of the Pushkin narrative poem and found myself connecting with the drama as it unfolded out of the choreography. I think the last lines of the program notes best capture my experience: “it is a joy to watch.” Even so, this dance doesn’t inspire me to write. I could write about the quality of dancing, sets, or costumes. I could write about the choreography or music. There just isn’t much say. But I do think there is something to say about San Francisco Ballet now that the season is over. That, however, will wait until later.