Experience Different Styles of Dance with San Francisco Ballet

Experience Different Styles of Dance with San Francisco Ballet

Now through October 27, the San Francisco Ballet performs at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Last week, I attended a performance, which also happened to be the first time I’d seen professional ballet live. While I’ve been inside the Vivian Beaumont and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, I was stunned upon entering the David H. Koch Theater at its glamour, its size and the enormous spherical chandelier hanging from its ceiling.

Once the ballet began, I was even more impressed. The performance I saw had four acts, which provided a good mixture of more traditional styles with modern movement as well as fitting music and costumes for each piece.

From Foreign Lands was comprised of six dances that represented various countries with an array of colorful costumes. For the Italian dance, the female dancers wore tutus the color of autumn leaves. The more playful Hungarian dance offered lighter, pastel costumes.

The most modern act, Beaux, featured scenic and costume design by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. Mizrahi’s design—loud neon colors in a camouflage pattern—decorated both the stage’s backdrop and the all-male ensemble’s attire. The colors and patterns mixed with the twinkling harpsichord music made for a dizzying effect.

My favorite act was Classical Symphony. The choreography went well with the orchestra music, making each move more dramatic and pronounced. The female dancers’ tutus floated as if they defied gravity and the undersides flashed a sparkly gold.

Finally the night commenced with Symphonic Dances, which included dream-like movement and flowing costumes. Visit sfballet.org for more details.

Photo: Wheeldon’s Cinderella (© Erik Tomasson)

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