Tragedy has attracted artists since time immemorial, and Yuri Possokhov’s “Francesca da Rimini” is no exception.
The brief but tumultuous piece is the second part of San Francisco Ballet’s Program 7 mixed bill, and its ultimate highlight.
Based on the tale of Paolo and Francesca – lovers immortalized in Dante Alighieri’s 14th century poem “The Divine Comedy – “Francesca” is, essentially, a condensed “Romeo and Juliet.” Read More
Smuin Ballet is known for spice and sass, but this spring, it’s very serious and very Balanchine. Read More
Coppélia is a mechanical doll, without a heart, but around her, San Francisco Ballet’s production of “Coppélia” sparkles with live and lively dancers, miles of heart — and muscles not to be believed.In Sunday’s Program 5 matinee, Vanessa Zahorian danced the lead role of Swanilda with charm, grace and what must be called superhuman strength. Read More
I’m crossing off of my New York nostalgia bucket list all the George Balanchine ballets performed at the New York City Ballet (the great man's home company until his death in 1983). Read More