San Francisco Ballet, choreography by Helgi Tomasson, Alexi Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon
This is the most I’ve seen of a San Francisco Ballet season since moving here in 2007 – 4 so far and 1 left to go. Again, a mixed repertory program, and again odd programming. These three pieces (Prisim, Seven Sonatas, and Rush) were very similar, almost too similar. The program notes highlighted their differences in choreographic approaches, musical choices, and moods, but these differences didn’t provide enough differentiation between the three dances (for me). Yes, I had a favorite, but it doesn’t really matter as I am not inspired to write about either of these dances. Yes, there was good dancing, but there usually is good dancing with the San Francisco Ballet. I don’t mind spending time in the beauty of a dance. I do mind, however, when that is all there is again, and again. What is there to write or think about?
After I saw Program 2 in February, (Rubies (Balanchine), Drink to me with Thine Eyes (Morris), and Fearless Creatures (Scarlett), I wrote it was a pleasant surprise, but that I wanted more fearless.
I am still waiting.