Unbound: A Festival of New Works

12 new works by 12 innovative choreographers.

The future of ballet is coming to San Francisco. We’ve celebrated "maker culture" here in San Francisco for decades—now we’re taking it to a whole new level. Unbound features 12 world premieres by 12 innovative, international choreographers. Planned and conceived by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, this ambitious festival encompasses four distinct programs, each featuring three brand-new ballets.

Participating choreographers include: David Dawson, Alonzo King, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, Trey McIntyre, Justin Peck, Arthur Pita, Dwight Rhoden, Myles Thatcher, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon.

Additional programming information and festival details will be announced this spring.

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“To ensure that ballet as an art form continues to evolve, we need to support and showcase choreographers who display ingenuity, passion for the art form, and fresh thinking—and who are willing to take risks.” 

Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer


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David Dawson

David is an associate artist at Dutch National Ballet and a prolific dancemaker.

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Alonzo King

Alonzo has directed San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet since 1982.

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Edwaard Liang

Edwaard is a former dancer with New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater and artistic director at BalletMet since 2013.

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Annabelle lopez ochoa

Annabelle has created works for more than 40 companies worldwide.

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Cathy Marston

Cathy trained in Cambridge and at The Royal Ballet School before launching an international career that has spanned more than 20 years.

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Trey McIntyre

Trey is a choreographer, filmmaker, writer, and photographer and has been a freelance choreographer for more than 25 years.

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Justin Peck

Justin is the resident choreographer and soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet (NYCB).

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Arthur Pita

Arthur is a London-based choreographer who often collaborates on theater, film, and opera productions.

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Dwight Rhoden

Dwight is founding artistic director and resident choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, where he has been choreographing for more than 23 years.

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Myles Thatcher

Thatcher is a corps de ballet dancer with San Francisco Ballet and a choreographer.

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Stanton Welch

Stanton is an Australian choreographer who became artistic director of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth-largest classical ballet company, in 2003.

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Christopher Wheeldon

Christopher, an OBE and former dancer with The Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet (NYCB), is an associate artist at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

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