Reviews of San Francisco Ballet's third and final program.
Ten men on a ballet stage would inspire most choreographers to create a testosterone fest of hurtling leaps and dynamo spins, just in case anyone was thinking nancy boys in tights. But Mark Morris isn't like most choreographers – and the clues to his latest piece for San Francisco Ballet are in its title, Beaux, and in its wayward, light-fingered harpsichord music by Martinů.
Dressed in patterned unitards of pink, orange and lime, the men are put through some hard technical paces, but the point of the choreography lies in its musicality and style....
However, these are really no more than quibbles given the quality of the dancing which was further demonstrated in two works by Yuri Possokhov, the company’s choreographer-in-residence. The first, Classical Symphony, is a neo-classical romp set to Prokofiev’s exuberant score of the same name, and great fun to watch. The second is Raku, a dramatic retelling of the burning of Kyoto’s Buddhist Golden Pavilion in 1950. Yuan Yuan Tan’s performance conveyed considerable dramatic skill, as well as exemplifying the consistently high standard of the San Francisco visitors. An inspiring season for dancers.