Ballet’s candy-colored ‘Beaux’ plays with imagery

Mary Ellen Hunt for San Francisco Chronicle

One might think that "Beaux" is the kind of piece that should not be taken too seriously. And yet, underlying the frolicsome cascades of sideways split jumps, and lofty sautés that bound across the space with the head thrown back, Mark Morris' eighth creation for San Francisco Ballet, which premiered Tuesday at the War Memorial Opera House, asks for a deeper examination of personal premises.