FURY is a critic's pick in SF Chronicle Datebook

“‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ the ballet — that’s what filmmaker and producer Kate Duhamel has created in “Fury,” an apocalyptic ballet-rock show.

The spectacle features music by art-rock band Yassou and violinist Kristina Dutton, choreography by Danielle Rowe, and videos by animator Brandon MacFarland. The production sold out shows in San Francisco last year, and it now makes its way to the East Bay, taking over the Tortona Big Top, a 12,000-square-foot circus tent in downtown Oakland for just one weekend.

The cast has changed a bit: San Francisco Ballet corps member Kimberly Braylock will debut as Furiosa, and SFdanceworks star Kendall Teague will perform as Nux. Lines Ballet star Babatunji, who has a background in both hip-hop and ballet, again portrays Max.

It’s big, bold and post-apocalyptic.”

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KQED lists Fury on their "Do List"

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…”August Hall, typically a standing-room music venue, is an unusual and intimate location for the performance, which aims to be more accessible than your typical ballet performance inside of a theater. The show sold out when it was previously presented at The Midway in September.”

Read full article by Nastia Voynovskaya in link below.

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A Mad Max ballet? Believe it, ‘Fury’ lands in SF this weekend

“Performing arts organizations exist to transport people out of quotidian reality, to offer a glimpse of clarifying truth, transcendent beauty or at least a diverting funhouse mirror. But in a nation with minimal public support for culture, arts organizations must heed the unavoidable fact that demography is destiny.

Across every art form there are angst-ridden campaigns and initiatives to connect with young audiences. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone called on Mad Max for help. Taking ballet out of hushed confines to create an immersive theatrical experience, “Fury” is one of the latest and maybe most audacious attempts yet to reach millennials where they live.”…

“Presented by Duhamel’s production company CandyBomber and Live Nation, “Fury” is a test run that could turn into a touring show. The September run served as “a proof of concept,” she says. The August Hall production offers another opportunity to gauge the show’s appeal.

“We are learning how to tour,” she says. “We’re exploring options in different cities. This show could have a good number of other runs.””

Read full article by Andrew Gilbert in link below.

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Culture Vulture reviews FURY

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“The seated and the larger SRO audience totals 800 each night. It is strikingly young in composition. Dancers improvise bows in all directions for a jubilant standing ovation, where Rowe can’t be fully seen until the second call. Her luminosity feels nearly buried in the celebratory fray: you want the dancers and musicians to carry her down Fury Road on their shoulders. With Duhamel’s help and the artists’ dedicated interpretations, she has demonstrated that even with a scant 50 hours of rehearsal time, if you build it, they will awesomely come.”

Full review by Toba Singer in link below.