Wheeldon’s left his mark on San Francisco
Festival Dance: San Francisco Ballet, Edinburgh Playhouse, run ended
By Ellie Carr for The sunday Herald
He is ballet’s golden boy: a fresh-faced, blond-headed hope for a sometimes dusty artform. And in this earth-mover of a triple-bill for San Francisco Ballet, British-born Christopher Wheeldon (best known as resident choreographer at New York City Ballet) proves all the whispers surrounding his young talent to be true.
In There Where She Loved (originally entitled There Where She Loves), we see the softer edges of Wheeldon’s early choreographic output. Women are dressed in floaty, emerald green dresses; men in black trousers and green braces without shirts (the better to display their rippling torsos). A Chopin mazurka tinkles: love is young and fresh. click for more
**************************** Wheeldon keeps on turning
San Francisco Ballet’s triple-bill tribute to the coolest of British choreographers was a red-hot success, says David Dougill for The Times
As always during the final week of the Edinburgh Festival, the atmosphere was less hectic, because the Fringe had finished. But there was no sense of diminuendo about the closing event of the festival’s dance programme: the 3,000-seat Playhouse was sold out and abuzz for performances by San Francisco Ballet. Under the direction of the former New York City Ballet star Helgi Tomasson, SFB is, as Edinburgh and London know, a dazzling company: America’s third-biggest, packed with superb multinational dancers and possessed of an extensive repertory encompassing all the great names of 20th-century classical choreography. click for more