Imagine the choreographer, his canvas: the stage. He (or she) has at his disposal every piece of music ever written and/or recorded, a top notch orchestra, a phenomenal performance space, and one of the best dance companies in the world. Now all he has to do is create a work of art and debut it in front of international press, ballet fans from all over, tireless staff, and dedicated fundraisers dressed in their finest all in one night. For three men, that night was last Tuesday at the San Francisco Ballet New Works Festival Opening. No pressure.
But first, a little about the style for the opening evening. Before the rain began, gala dinner patrons arrived for a cocktail reception in the main hall of the Opera House. Champagne, wine, a full bar and passed hors d'oeurves kept the guests satiated as they greeted each other in "festive black tie". All eyes were on dinner co-chair, Yuri Pascarella, who wore a gown designed by one of the dancers, Danielle Santos, along with loaned Bulgari diamonds totaling some 114 carats. Pascarella said of the gown, "I'm very proud [of how it turned out]." (Shown top left (L to R): Ann Fisher, Yurie Pascarella, Kati Kadar Lynn, Mary Jo Kovacevich (gala dinner co-chairs.)