Although British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s “Borderlands” made its world premiere at the War Memorial Opera House on Tuesday night, the piece looks rather familiar.
The finale to San Francisco Ballet’s Program 1, “Borderlands” feels like a B-side to McGregor’s 2006 work “Chroma” – which SFB performed just last year. The works share similar sets, costumes, lighting and staging but use different music. Read More
San Francisco Ballet’s current "Nutcracker" uses 173 costumes, 42 pairs of pointe shoes, more than 59 pairs of tights and 18 wigs per show. It’s a contrast to 1944, when it made do with rhinestones from Goodwill and rationed fabric in what was the first production of the ballet in America.
Today, the show garners about 40 percent of the company’s ticket revenue each year, for good reason: "Nutcracker" is a crowd-pleasing romp, albeit with some room for improvement. Read More
A strong, entertaining opening night gala Wednesday night signaled the beginning of San Francisco Ballet’s 78th season.
Two great selections bracketed the program: the opening excerpt from William Forsythe’s dazzling 1996 “The Vertiginious Thrill of Exactitude” and the finale’s fourth movement from Georges Bizet’s “Symphony in C” featuring George Balanchine’s landmark 1947 choreography.
Frances Chung and Jaime Garcia Castilla were the lively standouts in “Thrill,” seemin Read More