I recently took my 18 year old “all boy” son to Wayne McGregor’s Borderlands at San Francisco Ballet. I barely mentioned it to him in advance, saying we were stopping by to see a 25 minute ballet performance on our way to dinner with his cousins. He wasn’t terribly pleased, but went along because it was only a half hour. He was sitting back in his seat to last it out as the curtain rose, revealing the massive blue box with dancers standing in the four corners. As the sounds began, and the dancers began to move, I could see my son sit up in his chair, and stretch a bit to get a full view over the people in front of him. He was fully engaged the whole time. As we walked to the car afterwards, I asked him what he thought. “It wasn’t at all what I expected.” And then came what I think many 18 year olds who have never seen contemporary ballet would say, “I’m glad I went.” Thanks Wayne for your fascinating, forward thinking and challenging work. Even an 18 year old boy can sense that something interesting and cool is happening on stage.
The San Francisco Ballet, one of the worlds top dance companies, is not the only major act in town these days. Recently the Bay Area hosted the unprecedented collaboration of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Company with Hubbard Street from Chicago, IL. Renowned hip-hop dancers, Les Twins, hosted a workshop at CITY Dance to a packed crowd. SF Jazz hosted its inaugural performance the night before SF Ballet’s 80th opening gala. Choosing which artists to film and project to the masses has proven to be a delicate choreography. With so much amazing talent to capture how does one film company choose what to capture? To say the least, it is a good kind of problem to have and we are forever thankful and grateful to be surrounded by such great talent. Whether it is my 18 year old son at a ballet performance, or the 20 year old flying in from Maryland to see Les Twins, the Bay Area will always be a place humming with talent and forever exciting the interested.