February came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. For the curious, here are the end-of-month notices.
*Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion’s Pavement at YBCA in San Francisco, Feb. 19 (Critical Dance)
*Ballet San Jose’s MasterPieces, Feb. 22 (Critical Dance)
*San Francisco Ballet’s Program 3, Feb. 24, including the long-awaited world premiere of Myles Thatcher’s Manifesto (DanceTabs)
Coming up…the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. So exciting!
SF Ballet’s season began with two programs that ranged from Balanchine to the beyond. I shared my thoughts on DanceTabs:
Program 1: Balanchine’s Serenade, Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena
Program 2: Giselle
The big excitement is the upcoming world premiere, on February 24, of Myles Thatcher’s Manifesto, the first regular-season creation for the young SFB corps member and emerging choreographer. We had a nice chat about his Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative mentorship with Alexei Ratmansky, and you can read all about it in the February/March issue of Pointe Magazine.
After an extended break from the blogosphere, Speaking of Dance is back up and on the go. Here are a few things that happened recently:
*Dance Magazine cover story on San Francisco Ballet’s Maria Kochetkova
*Dance Magazine article on choreographer Gabrielle Lamb
*Pointe Magazine photo essay on Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev
*Pointe Magazine spotlight on Smuin Ballet’s Susan Roemer