"Trio" ""Ghost in the Machine" "Within the Golden Hour"
San Francisco Ballet
War Memorial Opera House
April 5, 2017
San Francisco, CA
by Rita Felciano
copyright @ Rita Felciano 2017
This season SFB called its penultimate program Made for San Francisco Ballet, which referred to Christopher Wheeldon's "Within the Golden Hour" for the New Works Festival of 2008, Helgi Tomasson's 2011 "Trio'' and the world premiere of "Ghost in the Machine" by company member Myles Thatcher. This beautifully performed triptych left me with a buoyant perspective on 21st century ballet, or at least as Tomasson, part of the time, sees it. It was an evening of glorious dancing in which you felt every performer knew what he or she was aiming at individually and within the context of a work. Was every piece perfect? Of course not. But each showed skill, talent, musical sensitivity, intention and an understanding what excellently trained artists need and can do. You can't really ask for much more.
San Francisco Ballet in Myles Thatcher's "Ghost in the Machine" Photo © Erik Tomasson