4.08.2008

sfb: program 6

on saturday night i had the pleasure of an evening at the san francisco ballet with ms.tangobaby. after a delicious meal at a new-to-us restaurant called sauce {the lobster & crab sliders were amazing!}, we were enthralled & delighted by the last program of the '08 season. this program's theme was an international salute ~ the delicate battle from the national ballet of canada, duo concertant from nyc ballet {choreographed by balanchine}, and altro canto from les ballets de monte-carlo. tangobaby took a few photos of the theater which she kindly let me share with you here, and i found a few photos taken by erik tomasson of two of the performances to share as well.

a delicate battle has a continual snow falling onstage, and gorgeous combinations of dancers in white leotards, female dancers in taffeta formal gowns and male dancers in black business suits. the choreography was inventive & engaging. i adore snow so this piece was very enjoyable to watch.

but the astounding accomplishment of altro canto made all ballets i've seen so far, ever, pale in comparison. set to pre-baroque music mostly composed by monteverdi {a composer i studied & learned to appreciate while in italy}, the stage was lit by candles hanging from the ceiling in various numbers & locations depending on the scene. the partnering was absolutely incredible. words really cannot do this ballet justice so i hope these few photos and the video clip will give you an adequate glimpse into pure dance genius.
surprisingly, i found a very edited version of this ballet on youtube, but the person who made the video clip had really poor taste and dubbed some horrible techno music over the top. so if you watch {and the choreography is well worth it} be sure to turn off your volume first. ;o)


as you might expect, i was a very happy and attentive fan {captured by tangobaby}:

6 comments:

tangobaby said...

We are like a pair of bookends! ;-)

I love the beautiful photos you found of the first piece, and I agree with you entirely about the video clip.

At first I was so happy to have found it on youtube, but then disappointed that it didn't capture the beauty of what we saw. But still, it's better than nothing and we can watch it over and over again to remind us of that beautiful woman.

Relyn said...

What a great time you two had. I am so excited for you. Thanks for sharing your wonderful evening with us all. That girl walking on the hands was breathtaking.

studio wellspring said...

tee hee, tangobaby! i love that we both thought to post on the same day, then found the same video clip, but posted different photos. what a wonderful evening ~ thank you so much for sharing it with me!

oh relyn if you could have only see the whole thing in person you'd be swooning too. the choreography was so incredible. if you ever come to visit sf tangobaby & i will be sure to take you out with us! :o)

Alex said...

you and tb make me wish I lived there...

studio wellspring said...

alex ~ well at least come and visit soon so we can show in person all the joys to be had!

paris parfait said...

Beautiful photos and such fun you two had! I am envious.