San Francisco Ballet is about to begin its 90th season, the company’s first under new artistic director Tamara Rojo. I spent the better part of a day watching Rojo teach company class and coach dancers, and wrote about the beginning of her tenure for the San Francisco Chronicle here.
January and February will bring me frequently to the War Memorial Opera House, as SFB unveils nine world premieres under the banner of its next@90 festival. I offered a guide to each choreographer and the new works here. I will be reviewing each of these premieres for the Chronicle and for Fjord Review.
UPDATE: My reviews of the gala and all three next@90 programs:
Review of San Francisco Ballet’s next@90 festival program C, featuring world premieres by Claudia Schreier, Nicolas Blanc, and Yuri Possokhov. January 2023. SF Chronicle.
Review of San Francisco Ballet’s next@90 festival program B, featuring premieres by Bridget Breiner, Yuka Oishi, and Val Caniparoli. January 2023. SF Chronicle.
Review of San Francisco Ballet’s next@90 festival program A, featuring premieres by Danielle Rowe, Jamar Roberts, and Robert Garland. January 2023. SF Chronicle.
Review of San Francisco Ballet 90th season opening gala, including Yuka Oishi’s “Bolero.” January 2023. SF Chronicle.
I highlighted other 2023 Bay Area dance offerings to anticipate here, and also profiled one of my favorite choreographers of the moment, Oakland’s Nkeiruka Oruche, here.
I continue my split writing life, which means that five days a week I make my way to my desk to work on fiction and essays. Last year yielded promising revisions and a new story I hope to find a home for in 2023. I am also 3,500 words into a new book-length manuscript.
The year is off to a good start for my 2023 resolution: a daily 20 minute meditation. I also make space for my “other meditations”–singing and dancing–almost daily.
Keep reading, writing, singing, and dancing–whatever particular forms those ways of being may manifest for you. See you between at the ballet.