San Francisco Ballet

    “These 28 photos, when viewed in succession, tell the story of the libretto, inspired by the burning of the Golden Pavilion temple in Kyoto in 1950. The prince and princess love each other. The prince has to go to war. The monk, who suffers unrequited love for the princess, rapes her. The prince’s ashes and sword are brought back to the princess. The monk burns the temple. The princess, despairing, dies. I believe RAkU is a masterpiece, one of the most beautiful works I have ever seen.”—Dance photographer Michael Khoury, regarding “RAkU,” one of three short ballets presented by San Francisco Ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Sept. 27, 2011.