Featuring dancers from Alonzo King LINES Ballet and a score by the indie-pop group Yassou performed live, “Fury” is a rock ballet inspired by George Miller’s post-apocalyptic hit 2015 film “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The show premiered with several sold-out performances last September at the Midway, and a revamped production returns to San Francisco for this weekend’s run at August Hall ballet shoes full movie. The brainchild of documentarian Kate Duhamel, who has spent the past decade creatively capturing dance on film, “Fury” arose after years of conversations about “how to get ballet in front of broader and younger audiences,” she says..
Duhamel decided to take matters into her own hands to “bring ballet into a context that we know young people already like,” namely a nightclub-like setting where drinks are available and conversations can flow freely. “Fury” unfolds in a tidy one-hour show, leaving plenty of time for people to hang out before and afterwards. “But it’s not just aimed at creating a social hang,” Duhamel says. “It’s about putting dance and music together in a new context and seeing both art forms in a different way.” ballet shoes full movie.
Fittingly, the choreography is by rising Aussie dancemaker Danielle Rowe, who relocated to San Francisco in 2015 after a productive tenure as a dancer at the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater (she has already set dances for SFDanceworks, Berkeley Ballet Theater and Diablo Ballet) ballet shoes full movie. “I knew I’d have incredible dancers and the narrative element,” Duhamel says. “People have an easier time understanding dance if there’s a story they can follow. Mad Max is so recognizable and not what you’d expect from ballet. Doing it in a music club in the round makes it feel a lot closer. You’re right next to it.”..
Featuring a 10-piece band complete with a string quartet, “Fury” puts musicians on stage with the dancers, who portray characters in a harrowing fight for survival set to a score that evokes the story’s driving intensity. Video projections enhance the immersive feel. “We treated it very much like a soundtrack,” says guitarist James Jackson, who co-leads Yassou with his wife, lead singer Lilie Hoy ballet shoes full movie. “We worked with composer Kristina Dutton, who wrote a whole, beautifu,l 10-minute string quartet piece. There’s a defined storyline, so we added some parts where Lilie acts as that narrator. There are three or four songs interspersed where she tells from the perspective of one of the wives on the run.”..
Duhamel has long focused on capturing dance in ways that allow audiences to experience the art form viscerally and intimately ballet shoes full movie. Despite all her experience behind the camera, producing a live show based on a film “felt like jumping off a cliff,” she says. The idea to use “Mad Max: Fury Road” as a road map arose after she’d teamed up with Yassou, who had recently finished an extensive collaboration performing a live score for Louisville Ballet. “It was great, because some people were there for the dancers, and there were people there who are fans of us,” Jackson says. “And a surprising number of people who are diehard Mad Max fans. Most of the questions in the post-show Q&A revolved around the film.”..