The SF Ballet is top-notch. They have dancers from all around the world, and do all kinds of cool things.
We saw them a few nights ago for the Scotch Symphony, Within the Golden Hour, and From Foreign Lands. They were all so different! The Scotch Symphony was essentially a choreographic homage to Scotland, danced to Mendelssohn's Scotch Symphony. The costumes were fantastic, and the dancing was beautiful, especially the pas de deux repeated twice in the piece.
From Foreign Lands was the main piece-- the world premiere, choreographed by Ratmansky. It was essentially a collection of smaller pieces inspired by the music and culture of various European countries. Our favorite was easily the Spanish piece, which had tons of saucy personality and emotive dancing.
But the best piece, we thought, all night was easily Within the Golden Hour by Christopher Wheeldon. Our tickets said this was the 'audience favorite', and it was easy to see why! It was super contemporary, almost experimental, without being overly weird or abstract. It was phenomenally gorgeous, hugely evocative. Even without a clear narrative storyline, it drew us in and captivated us the entire time. The dancers seemed to revel in dancing it, too, which always makes a show even more enjoyable.
We came with a Stanford alumni deal, which made the tickets much more affordable than usual... But we'd easily pay full price to see another Wheeldon piece! Or maybe their upcoming performance of Cinderella... We'll see!
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