San Francisco Ballet topped international dance news lately with the announcement that Tamara Rojo will take over as artistic director next year, succeeding New York City Ballet star Helgi Tomasson after his 37-year tenure. What has San Francisco Ballet, once a second-tier West Coast company, become under Tomasson’s leadership? Well, in institutional size SFB is now second only to New York City Ballet among US companies, with an annual budget of $52 million. In repertory, it counts ballets by most of the major international talents, many of these commissioned in massive new works festivals.
Sarah Van Patten in Cathy Marston's “Mrs. Robinson.” Photograph by Erik Tomasson
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continua a leggere
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continua a leggere