the sf ballet was breathtaking last night – the program of the season to see, and it was well worth it, even though my expectations were so high I thought I’d be disappointed. It started out with the brilliantly beautiful Allegro Brilliante, then mellowed out with the emotional Chaconne, pulled you into a cerebral/visceral Fifth Season (my friend’s fave), and ended with the Sandpaper Ballet that had the audience dancing in their seats.
i definitely realized i like the older dancers better – their emotional artistry is SO much deeper and so much more expressive, and the details of their dancing is so much more attuned with the entire performance. a review on a younger dancer, vanessa: “Balanchine’s “Rubies” was notable mostly for the stagnation of Vanessa Zahorian, a principal who can whirl like a top but shows little engagement or decision-making onstage. The chops are there, and always have been, but where is the fire behind the eyes?” this quote really nails it perfectly – my favorite dancers with fire in their eyes: yuan yuan tan, tina leblanc, gonzalo garcia, stephen legate. i really want to see yuri possohkov dance, a dancer famous for his choreography who’s definitely preparing to leave soon, i think.