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POST:Ballet's Six Pack to Present Two World Premieres

Robert Dekkers Reveals the Personal in the Impersonal

The choreography of Robert Dekkers, Artistic Director of POST:Ballet, is not known for being safely traditional. As Dekkers described his work in an interview with BayDance.com, he likes to take on the question of, "How do we deal with difficulty in the face of challenges?" Dekkers' latest performance, Six Pack, presents six short works, including two world premieres that take on the challenges of interpersonal relationships.

Inspired by family relationships, Do Be: Family is the fourth chapter of POST’s “Do Be” project with music group The Living Earth Show. Set to an original score by Montreal-based composer Nicole Lizeé and costume design by Christian Squires, this Do Be chapter explores the emotional conflicts and contradictions among family members. Seven dancers express in movements, gestures, and facial expressions the conflicts between inner feelings and the outer mask that society compels us to wear to conceal them. The dancers' contortions, sometimes together and sometimes at odds, go through scenarios of family life.

Pitch Pause Please is a solo set on POST:Ballet dancer Jessica Collado, currently in her third summer performing with the company. Set to a score by acclaimed San Francisco composer Samuel Adams, the title refers to the pitch, or presentation, of value that someone makes, followed by a pause and the etiquette of please-and-thank you.

To set the choreography, Dekkers went to Houston, Texas, where Collado has been performing as a first soloist with Houston Ballet. Hobbled by leg surgery, he had to choreograph from the confinement of a chair. Dekkers sent Jessica emoticons representing facial expressions. He then worked with her, from his chair, on dance movements to match the expressions.

Also on the bill is Yours is Mine, Dekkers' 2014 work for Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi; ourevolution, set to a score by composer Nils Frahm; the West Coast premiere of Reason does not know, a duet originally created for Kansas City Ballet with an original score by Jonathan Pfeffer; and Flutter, a Post:Ballet classic featuring live music by The Living Earth Show and violinist Abigail Shiman (cast change).

Six Pack will be performed on Friday, July 24th and Saturday, July 25th at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. For tickets, see http://www.ybca.org/post-ballet-six-pack.

San Francisco Ballet to Open Lincoln Center's New Great American Dance Film Series

San Francisco Ballet has been selected to open the new cinema series, Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, with Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet on September 24th.

The film will be screened in HD at select theaters across the country. San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancers Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan perform the title roles of Juliet and Romeo, with Company Principal Dancers Pascal Molat, Joseph Walsh, and Luke Ingham performing the roles of Mercutio, Benvolio, and Tybalt, respectively. The film includes exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

San Francisco Ballet is one of four American dance companies that were selected for Great American Dance, along with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, and New York City Ballet.

Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is produced by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and distributed by Fathom Events. SF Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet was directed for the screen by Thomas Grimm.

To find a theater screening Romeo & Juliet on September 24, see a list of theaters around the country.

24th West Wave Dance Festival Opens in September

26 Artists and 18 premieres in Five Days

The non-profit organization SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts has announced the 24th Season of West Wave Dance Festival: “Cultural Destinations”. The Festival will feature emerging and established choreographers and dancers, September 23-27. SAFEhouse works to cultivate new performing artists through residencies, workshops, and performance opportunities

This year’s Festival features more than 26 artists and 18 premieres in five days, presented as a choreography showcase in a shared-program format. This year's Festival presents the varieties of local dance in three curated evenings by Nina Haft, Laura Elaine Ellis, and Janey Madamba, and two evenings of resident choreographer showcases, including performances by Sean Dorsey, SOULSKIN Dance, and Mary Carbonara, and others.

The venue for the Festival will be Z Space in San Francisco.


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