© Erik Tomasson
here's a quick little excerpt from my review over at the sf appeal of san francisco ballet's program 3:
last on the bill was theme and variations, a tutu ballet that, for all except the main duo, focuses way too much on aquamarine and periwinkle (it's like my little ponies exploded onstage). with teal drapings and chandeleirs hanging from above, theme and variations is lighter than most balanchine works, embodied with a pureness of soul that swoops across the stage as the corps begins their procession. but this ballet isn't for pussies; feet move with warp-10-like speed, bodies fly through the air, and astounding abs are required.