Robert Dekkers’ Post:Ballet (http://www.postballet.org/) is launching its fifth season, performing on three nights,Aug. 7-9 in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater (known locally as simply “YB”).
One of the Bay Area’s many modern-dance companies, Post:Ballet’s distinctions include Dekkers’ boundaries-stretching choreography and the distinguished pedigree of its dancers:
Benjamin Behrends, Christian Squires, and Jane Hope Rehm come from Smuin Ballet; Behrends spent the past three seasons with the Trey McIntyre Project, and is moving to Holland to join Netherlands Dance Theater 2.
Aidan DeYoung is from Smuin and Ballet West; Sandrine Cassini from Paris Opera Ballet and the Bejart; Laura O’Malley from Dutch National Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet; Caroline Rocher from Dance Theatre of Harlem; Katherine Wells from Colorado Ballet and Lar Lubovitch; Ricardo Zayas from Alvin Ailey II, LINES Ballet,. Formidable!
Dekkers himself has an impressive background, having danced with Ballet Arizona, ODC/Dance, and Company C Contemporary Ballet. When a member of the Diablo Ballet, he danced leading roles in works by George Balanchine, José Límon, Val Caniparoli, KT Nelson, Trey McIntyre, Septime Webre, and Mario Radacovsky, and others.
The Yerba Buena “Five High” program consist of:
* The world premiere of Dekkers’ “ourevolution” (the company seems devoted to inventing a language of its own, beginning with the incongruous colon in the middle of its name), set on music by Nils Frahm, with graphic design by Yas Opisso, and in collaboration with visual artist Enrique Quintero.
* “field the present shifts” (there you go again, but at least with spaces between words), Dekkers’ 2013 work to music by Matthew Pierce, a violinist whose scores are being commissioned by major American ballet companies (the score is performed live)
* “Mine is Yours,” Dekkers’ 2012 work to an original score by Daniel Berkman
Following the Yerba Buena run, the company is holding a week-long workshop for pre-professional and young professional dancers “interested in exploring a modern approach to classically-based technique” – a description that fits well Post:Ballet itself.
Student performances will be open to the public at the Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama, at 17th Street. The schedule may be available at http://www.postballet.org/postworkshop/, although it’s not there yet. An alternative is to send a question by email at http://www.postballet.org/contact-us/.