I don’t live in Sacramento—state capital of California, the world’s sixth biggest economy—but I half wish I did after catching “Mozart in Motion,” the Sacramento Ballet’s mixed-bill opener for its second season under new artistic director Amy Seiwert. From a corner of Midtown Sac, the year-old, $29 million Sofia Center gleamed with twinkly lights against fashionably angled concrete. Inside, diverse patrons dressed in architect-chic took their glasses of Pinot Gris inside the well-equipped, pine-paneled and burnt-orange upholstered 365-seat theater, one of two performance spaces in the complex. Most appealing of all, when the curtain went up: A company of 21 technically powerful, stylistically refined dancers, any of whom could be corps members (or in some cases, soloists) in major companies.
Carrie Hennessey and Sacramento Ballet perform “On the Rocks, Please” by Darrell Grand Moultrie. Photograph by Keith Sutter
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