The 2015 San Francisco Ballet season has started and I’m proud to say this is my 10th year of being a patron. Program 1 started off strong this past month with three beautiful pieces by the company.
Part 1 was “Serenade” with music by Tchiakovsky and choreography by Balanchine.
This was STUNNING. The ballerinas were dressed in beautiful blue tulle and floated around like blue wisps across the stage. Lead by principal dancers Frances Chung, Mathilde Froustey, Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz, and Joseph Walsh, watching this piece was like seeing Edgar Degas’ “Blue Ballerinas” come to life. The supporting corps were equally as impressive and I would go back to see this piece in a heartbeat.
Part 2 was Raku. A piece created for my favorite dancer, Yuan Yuan Tan, by choreographer Yur Possokhov and composer Shinji Eshima,
This was my second time to see this. A very dark piece, set in a time of warlords and emperors in Asia. I remember the first time I saw this it was right after Ms. Tan performed the star role in “The Little Mermaid”. Like her performance as the mermaid, Ms Tan portrays deep emotion and pain in a dance that is so light and beautiful across the stage. Though the material is dark, including a dance ending in presumed sexual assault, Ms. Tan’s talent is so strong and shines through.
Part 3 was “Lamberena”. This is a piece of 8 movements with music alternating from pieces by JS Bach and traditional African music. Choreography by Val Caniparoli
I loved this. It was fun, fresh, and beautifully performed. Having played many pieces by Bach on the piano growing up, this was a creative way of celebrating the classic with a twist. The costumes were colorful across the stage and I was so sad when it was over!