All kinds of dance!

04.08.08 | Comment?

This past weekend I was treated by seeing 2 very different, but completely awesome in their own way, dance showings.

Planet B-BoyThe first one was Planet B-Boy at the Lumiere movie Theater. Wanna see some spinnin’? Wanna see some freezin’? This documentary on Germany’s “Battle of the Year” is packed with amazing moves!
Gotta check it out for the little French kid and Grandma B-girl!… And of course the other mind bendingly good dancers!!

You can find the YouTube video of the full winning piece here. Check it out!!

On the complete opposite side, I went to see a ballet show hosted by (but not danced by) San Francisco Ballet. I didn’t know you could get last minute $10 standing tix for any SF Ballet show!! What a bargain!

The program included 3 world class guest companies: The National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Without going too deep into analysis, the Canadian company was very strong, but the choreography didn’t really grab me. NYC Ballet presented Balanchine’s super cute “Duo Concertant”. I liked it a lot.
But then, the Monte-Carlo dancers came on stage and completely made us forget about everybody else. Jean-Christophe Maillot’s choreography, paired with Karl Lagerfeld costumes and completely engaged dancers created pure magic.

Monte-Carlo Ballet
(photo via Voice of Dance)

I read that this “Alto Canto” piece was 40 minutes long and honestly it felt like 15 or 20 minutes, which is soooo rare when you watch a dance show!

Monte-Carlo Ballet Duet
(photo via Voice of Dance)

We met a gay couple who was here to see the show for the 3rd time, just to experience the Monte-Carlo Ballet piece one more time. Now that’s impact!

Voice of Dance has a great article on this program.

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