San Francisco Ballet’s latest mixed bill yielded the luscious, enigmatic Ghosts by Christopher Wheeldon, the otherworldly wraiths of La Bayadère‘s Kingdom of the Shades, and a curiously de-feathered Firebird, courtesy of SFB’s resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov. All revivals, though this was the first time they had appeared on my dance card.
Wheeldon’s fluid and inventive partnering bowed graciously to Balanchine, Robbins, Ailey, Graham, Kylián, and the Rockettes, among others, stitched together by lots of aimless rushing back and forth.
Davit Karapetyan and Yuan Yuan Tan were glorious in Bayadère, undaunted by a wayward violin. The grave beauty of the platoon of Shades, as they filtered down a long ramp and into their stark lines, was not dimmed in the least by a few wobbly ankles.
Wit and invention were plentiful in Possokhov’s condensed Firebird, but his uninspired choreography for the Firebird itself (danced on Thursday night by Sarah Van Patten, who can dance anything), and her ill-conceived costume, gave her the air of a burlesque dancer rather than a supernatural creature.
– More in our review on Bachtrack. –