Reviews are in for Myles Thatcher’s COLORFORMS, a film-to-stage adaptation recently promoted in Cultural Currents.
The Colors of Dance, is a triple bill program running from March 14–19. COLORFORMS marks Thatcher’s fourth creation for SF Ballet’s repertory seasons and the first time SF Ballet has embarked on a film-to-stage adaptation in its 90-year history.
COLORFORMS premiered as a dance film during SF Ballet’s 2021 Digital Season. Like the film, in the stage version of COLORFORMS Thatcher explores the vibrancy and joy of dance itself and captures the myriad feelings that humans experience when encountering art. Thatcher, who is also an SF Ballet Soloist, first created a mainstage Company work in 2015, with Manifesto. “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with these dancers who are not only physically talented, but also intelligent and capable and generous with their spirit, movement, and time,” said Thatcher, who recalled beginning COLORFORMS’ choreography as the Company returned to the studios following quarantine in August 2020. “It’s incredible to work with people who you know and trust, and who know you. This—making COLORFORMS—is the dream.”
Dance critic, Jim Munson, of Broadway World, says: “For anyone out there wondering why so many of us consider ballet to be the most beautiful artform on the planet, look no further than San Francisco Ballet’s The Colors of Dance, its new program of three very different contemporary ballets, each one drop-dead gorgeous in its own way.”
San Francisco Chronicle dance critic Rachel Howard, notes “It’s lovely and unexpected to see the San Francisco Ballet score so many hits in a season that could have proved merely a placeholder as leadership transitioned from old to new.”
Tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at sfballet.org or by calling 415-865-2000, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm Pacific. The Colors of Dance will run from March 14–19 for a total of seven performances at the War Memorial Opera House and runs approximately 2 hours and 4 minutes including two intermissions. SF Ballet’s 90th anniversary season continues with Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella (March 31 ̶ April 8) and Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (April 21 ̶ 30).