"Joe & Ida," "Portrait," "Z" "Duet from Concerto Six Twenty-Two" "Lickety Split"
San Francisco, CA
June 23, 2016
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano 2016
You can’t be risk-averse to start a new enterprise. If it involves the arts, even more so: no venture capitalists are likely to step forward with big money. It helps if you have friends and colleagues who believe in you. It particularly helps if you are a much-admired, longtime soloist with San Francisco Ballet. Such as James Sofranko. The inaugural season of his SFDanceworks came with many good wishes from the packed ODC Theatre, and probably few walked away disappointed. Sofranko put together a well-thought out, well-danced evening of three world premieres and reprises by Lar Lubovitch and Alejandro Cerrudo. One of this debut's real pleasures was seeing dancers, so familiar from other contexts such as Anne Zivolich-Adams (ODC Dance), Dana Genshaft and Garrett Anderson (SFBallet), Kendall Teague (Silicon Valley Ballet), Ben Needham-Wood (Smuin Ballet) in a fresh context and a more intimate venue. They were joined by Amber Neumann and Tobin Del Cuore. If this first program felt overly cautious, maybe the next time around Sofranko can be more adventuresome. What do they say? “Follow your bliss,” the money will follow
Garrett Anderson and Tobin Del Cuore in "Concerto Six Twenty-Two". Photo © Andrew Weeks.