If you think ballets about fairy tales are played out, Sarah Berges shows that you can make dances about other forms of the written word: letters, historical novels, and legends all feature in the new works premiering at Dance Mission Theater June 7-9.
The Letter, to an original score by Steven Weinstock, commemorates the handwritten letter in times of war. Antipodes, based on Hilary Mantel's 2012 Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Bring Up the Bodies, retraces the spicy history of the Tudors, with dancers depicting the lives of Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour as Thomas Cromwell angles for power in the court of Henry VIII, accompanied live on cello by Dawn Foster Dodson. Return to the simpler narrative of boy meets girl, without the prospect of beheadings and with a fish tail thrown in, and you get Mermaid, set to Ravel. Sunday matinee features a kid-friendly program.
Sarah Berges Dance performs at 8pm and 3pm, June 7-9 at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St, S.F. Tickets are $10-15; visit sarahbergesdance.com.