“From Foreign Lands,” “Beaux,” “Classical Symphony,” “Symphonic Dances”
“Trio,” “Ghosts,” “Suite en Blanc”
San Francisco Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
October 17, 19 (matinee), 2013
By Leigh Witchel
Copyright © 2013 by Leigh Witchel
If you want to know what San Francisco Ballet is about without getting on a plane, the recent New York season was a great place to start. It kicked off with a week of repertory showing off the company's designer fashions: commissioned ballets by top choreographers.
Paradoxically, the weakest piece was from the most recently acclaimed – Alexei Ratmansky, part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Class of 2013. “From Foreign Lands” is an updated divertissement for six men and six women to tuneful music by Moritz Moszkowski. It had a looser quality than it did in March with an alternate cast in San Francisco, but it still had the generic feel of diluted character dance. The costumes by Colleen Atwood, a one-design-fits-all-nationalities template of a tiered skirt and bodice for the women, and tight pants with a side gold braid for the men, didn't help the confusion.