Alexei Ratmansky discusses his new ballet for San Francisco Ballet with Allan Ulrich:
"From Foreign Lands" will consist of six duets, inspired by the techniques and temperaments of the dancers. "It will be a divertissement," says Ratmansky, similar in structure to the choreographer's "Russian Seasons," which was seen here earlier. "The language is academic, with a few folkloric elements. It needs a lot of presentation, depending on people who can project and do the fancy footwork."
The new season brings "Borderlands," the first San Francisco commission from England's Wayne McGregor, whose edgy, deconstructed vocabulary takes its inspiration from Paul Henley's pop score. New to the company is Serge Lifar's lovely World War II abstraction, "Suite en Blanc," to Lalo's enchanting music.