San Francisco Chronicle Datebook features FURY

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Immersive San Francisco show ‘Fury’ reimagines Mad Max and ballet

As the mainstream ballet world frets about staying relevant, San Francisco filmmaker and producer Kate Duhamel is taking the art form’s future into her own hands. With the new immersive ballet-rock show “Fury,” she is pushing the art form all the way to the apocalypse.

Inspired by the feature film “Mad Max: Fury Road,” George Miller’s Oscar-winning survivalist flick starring Tom Hardy as Max and Charlize Theron as fellow antihero Furiosa, “Fury” spins a one-hour survivalist romance that leaves classical fairy tales in the dust.

“We’ll be in the desert, we’ll have explosions and sandstorms,” Duhamel says. “We’re trying to situate ballet into a new context.” The Dogpatch club/performance space the Midway provides the context for the Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15, premiere of Duhamel’s take on “Max,” reimagined with in-the-round staging, concert-style standing room and two bars (after all, one does get parched out in the salt flats).

The “we” she refers to is a crack team of creative accomplices: pop-art-rock band Yassou and violinist Kristina Dutton, star dancers from Lines Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, choreographer Danielle Rowe, costume designer Vasily Vein, creative director Luke Acret and art director/animator Brandon McFarland.

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