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Joseph Walsh, top, and Esteban Hernandez dazzled in San Francisco Ballet’s production of Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Balanchine, Shakespeare’s charming ‘Dream’ at SF Ballet

Bard’s comedy comes to life in lovely, funny dance version

Joseph Walsh, top, and Esteban Hernandez dazzled in San Francisco Ballet’s production of Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Cellist Maya Beiser and dancer Wendy Whelan appear in “The Day” at Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Hayim Heron)

Dance in ‘The Day’ lacks urgency

Beiser, Whelan, Lang, Childs collaboration feels self-couscious

Cellist Maya Beiser and dancer Wendy Whelan appear in “The Day” at Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Hayim Heron)
San Francisco Ballet dancers Luke Ingham and Mathilde Froustey appear in Helgi Tomasson’s “Nutcracker” at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ goes deep

Added nuance welcomed in 2019 edition of holiday favorite

San Francisco Ballet dancers Luke Ingham and Mathilde Froustey appear in Helgi Tomasson’s “Nutcracker” at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
The famed Mariinsky corps de ballet executes “La Bayadère’s” Act 3 with stunning precision. (Courtesy Natasha Razina)

Mariinsky Ballet dazzles with technical virtuosity

Cal Performances presents Russian troupe in classic ‘La Bayadère’

The famed Mariinsky corps de ballet executes “La Bayadère’s” Act 3 with stunning precision. (Courtesy Natasha Razina)
Benjamin Freemantle was in the spotlight on Trey McIntyre’s “Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem” on San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program C.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s Unbound fest reveals ties that bind

Contemporary ballet requires dancers to shift from rapid off-center neoclassicism to soft…

Benjamin Freemantle was in the spotlight on Trey McIntyre’s “Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem” on San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program C.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Cathy Marston’s timeless “Snowblind” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program B. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet loosens up in ‘Unbound’

There are social uprisings going on, from #MeToo to Black Lives Matter.…

Cathy Marston’s timeless “Snowblind” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program B. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet in Miles Thatcher’s “Ghost in the Machine.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet boasts a distinct new crop of talent

Thursday night in the opening of “Distinctly SF Ballet” at the War…

San Francisco Ballet in Miles Thatcher’s “Ghost in the Machine.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet performs George Balanchine’s “Serenade.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s ‘Bright Fast Cool Blue’ stutters

San Francisco Ballet artistic director Helgi Tomasson has a nose for putting…

San Francisco Ballet performs George Balanchine’s “Serenade.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)