Reviews of San Francisco Ballet's gala performance.
The San Francisco Chronicle
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Premiering Thursday was "In the Passerine's Clutch" by Myles Thatcher, a Ballet corps member and promising choreographer who has previously created work for the company school. This enigmatic piece for Dores Andre, Dana Genshaft, Joan Boada, and Jaime Garcia Castilla, set to music by Wojceich Kilar, is Thatcher's first work for the main company. The choreographic impulse here was more semaphoric than expressive, and yet the sinuous lines of necks and backs and fitful movements had an appealing hypnotic effect that referenced the avian quality indicated in the title.
A new star, soloist Sasha De Sola (promoted from the corps last year) was notable in the evening’s first number, Balanchine's "Tarantella" with the wonderful Pascal Molat, and the program-closing excerpts from Serge Lifar's 1943 "Suite en Blanc," to Eduard Lalo's music.
On Thursday night, the San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House was alive with a crowd that included socialites, dancers and San Francisco's avant-garde at the ballet's gala and performance. Guests could also spot a few famous faces including George Lucas, Larry Baer, Dede Wilsey, Joy Bianchi and Wilkes Bashford.
Once the curtain rose, a worldly selection echoed the theme of the evening: "Moving the Compass," a nod to the company's international partnerships.