Monday, May 9, 2011

Little Mermaid Not For Kids



For my wife’s birthday I took her to see the San Francisco Ballet Company’s “Little Mermaid” at the War Memorial opera house downtown. Needless to say, it was a fantastic production of both art and music. This show, however, was no Disney remake, instead focusing on Hans Christian Andersen’s original story, which was much darker and more adult. 

This particular rendition of the “Little Mermaid” ballet is hosted by San Francisco’s premier ballerina, Yuan Yuan Tan, who not only headlines probably the best ballet company in the U.S., but is herself one of the top ballerina’s in the world and a major superstar in her home country in China. Nowadays, Yuan Yuan lives in San Francisco and puts on productions with other top talent from Russia, Cuba, and the U.S.  My wife did ballet as a girl and needless to say, she loved seeing such amazing performers onstage. 

But I know what you’re wondering…can a guy actually like the ballet? Yes, it actually was pretty darn good and anyone who can appreciate athleticism or music can get into such a well put together production such as the San Francisco ballet. If you don’t believe me, just check it out for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed.