Recently retired San Francisco Ballet soloist James Sofranko, who built his leadership chops co-organizing the city’s annual Dance for a Reason cancer benefit gala, is soon off to take charge at Michigan’s Grand Rapids Ballet. SFDanceworks will continue with direction from Sofranko, and with associate direction by former Australian Ballet principal Danielle Rowe. Judging from Rowe’s new work, “The Old Child,” this is good news. Next to a passionately danced staging of Nacho Duato’s career-making masterpiece, “Jardi Tancat,” Rowe’s was the most memorable choreography of this program, and one hopes she’ll keep making dances.
SFDanceworks in Nacho Duato's “Jardi Tancat.” Photograph by Alexander Renoff-Olson
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading