Saturday, March 19, 2011

When my eye heals I have these to read

Society of the Spectacle, by Guy Debord
Poems by ee cummings
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, by Karen Russell
The Common Reader, by Virginia Woolf
The Conspiracy of Art, by Jean Baudrillard
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, by Rebecca Solnit

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Curtain Call

Joffrey Ballet, March 7, 2011
Granada Theater, Santa Barbara, California

Got some more ballerina dust on me last night: the Joffrey girls are good, and they love to jete and they love to be lifted high and draped like towels over the shoulders of their male partners.
This is the second time I've seen Joffrey, and the second venue, and each time they take command of the stage. Not all companies can pull that off.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Artists of the Company

San Francisco Ballet, March 5, 6, 2011
War Memorial Opera House, San Franciso, California

Choreographers MacMillan and Forsythe and Possokhov and Tomasson and Balanchine.

We should all be as fortunate as Tomasson to have ballerinas Maria Kochetkova and Vanessa Zahorian star in our creations.

Tomasson's "Trio" to Tchaikovsky's "souviner de florence" was the surprise delight of the weekend, but macmillan's russian narrative ballet and Tomasson's Kurt Weill-inspired one-act story ballet anchored the performances. Forsythe was prickly and Possokhov and Balanchine pure confections.

Although I go to ballet to see the ballerinas, it must be noted that the male dancers at San Francisco Ballet are thrilling.