SF BALLET – Program 6, A Power-Packed Triple Feature

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

PROGRAM 6 is one of the finest triptych’s ever assembled by San Francisco Ballet. It is a tempting three-course banquet of dance that is complex in flavor, rich in texture, and bold in presentation. Beginning with Christoper Wheeldon’s Ghosts, an encore delight from the company’s 2010 world premiere, the ballet is a reverie on unresolved hopes and fears, delayed passions and scattered longings. The images seem all at once cohesive, as if moving toward a narrative, then melting away into hazy impressions – the fleeting remnants of things certain and the vagueries of what might have been. The music is from composer and instrumentalist C.F. Kip Winger – of the hard rock band Winger and one-time member of Alice Cooper. The textures are dense and provocative, sometimes poignantly sweet, riddled with sudden shocks and elongated streams of scrambled tensions – as seen particularly in the pas de deux of Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz. As with all ghostly tales, the evidence is unsettling, the energies are turbulent and fleeting, but the adventure remains in the heart and preys on the imagination.

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Maria Kochetkova and Vitor LuizWheeldon’s Ghosts
Photos, Erik Tomasson

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Dores Andre and Myles ThatcherWheeldon’s Ghosts

7 for Eight is a gem from Helgi Tomasson. His choreography reflects and exalts the intricate keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach – so masterfully rendered by pianist Michael McGraw and conductor Martin West. Principal dancers Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets raised the bar on sophisticated elegance combined with unfaltering control. Handsome Joan Boada was spectacularly strong in the fifth movement solo and hearts ran fast during an all-too-brief but dazzling male duet.

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Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit HelimetsTomasson’s 7 For Eight
Photos, Erik Tomasson

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Dores Andre and Joan BoadaTomasson’s 7 For Eight

Wayne McGregor’s Chroma is a San Francisco Ballet Premiere. The work was first presented in 2006 by The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. It went on to win the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for “Best Dance Production” and a 2007 Critics Circle Award. San Francisco Ballet proves the work to be an astonishing theatre piece.

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Yuan Yuan Tan and Taras DomitroMcGregor’s Chroma
Photos, Erik Tomasson

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San Francisco BalletMcGregor’s Chroma

Costumes by Moritz Junge strip the dancers down to the essentials. McGregor’s choreography demands a daunting display of strength from the very best of Classical dancers. He then expounds on that definition and expectation – flexing, bending and splaying the sinewy and finely chiseled bodies to seemingly impossible limits as the score created by Joby Talbot and contributing composer Jack White III drives to passionate and frenzied heights. Chroma is a spectacular surprise in the 2011 Season.

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Maria Kochetkova & Jaime Garcia Castilla
Anthony Spaulding

McGregor’s Chroma

Performances continue on:
Tuesday, 4/12, at 8:00 pm
Friday, 4/15, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, 4/17, at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 4/20, at 7:30 pm
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: PROGRAM 6

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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