Press Releases

November 7, 2017

San Francisco Ballet Announces Program Details for Unbound: A Festival of New Works, April 20-May 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, November 7, 2017—San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has announced the program order, artistic credits, and select titles for Unbound: A Festival of New Works, which will be performed Friday, April 20 to Sunday, May 6, 2018. Unbound, an unprecedented festival of new works, celebrates the city’s spirit of curiosity and experimentation. Over 17 performances, Unbound will include 12 world premieres by 12 international artists including: 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. The festival, comprised of four programs of three works each, will make San Francisco the epicenter of the dance world next spring.

“This season, I’m especially excited about Unbound, which will include world premieres by some of the most innovative and forward-thinking choreographers working today,” said SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. “This unique festival will offer a glimpse at the future of our art form and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

 

Unbound Programming

Unbound will be presented Friday, April 20 to Sunday, May 6 for a total of 17 performances. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8pm; all other evening performances are at 7:30pm; matinees are at 2pm.

Updated Unbound programming is as follows: Program A opens on Friday, April 20 and will feature new works by Alonzo King, Christopher Wheeldon (entitled Bound©), and Justin Peck (entitled Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming). Program B opens on Saturday, April 21 and features new works by Myles Thatcher, Cathy Marston (entitled Snowblind), and David Dawson (entitled Anima Animus). Program C opens on Tuesday, April 24 and will feature new works by Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre (entitled Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem), and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Program D opens Thursday, April 26 and includes new works by Edwaard Liang (entitled The Infinite Ocean), Dwight Rhoden, and Arthur Pita. 

The festival will also include special ancillary programs such as a dance film series, a weekend-long symposium, a series of community pop-up events, as well as a recently completed series of four live streams from the rehearsal studios, entitled Unbound Live.

 

Dance Film Series

As part of Unbound, SF Ballet is partnering with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival to produce four short dance films. Bay Area filmmakers will collaborate with four of the 12 Unbound choreographers to create a short film based on, or inspired by, the choreographers’ new works. Participating artists include: filmmaker Kate Duhamel with choreographers Alonzo King and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; filmmaker Mark Kohr with choreographer Cathy Marston; and filmmaker Matthew McKee with choreographer Dwight Rhoden.

 

Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet’s Future

In conjunction with Unbound, SF Ballet is presenting Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet’s Future, from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29. The Symposium is comprised of an opening roundtable hosted by critic Marina Harss and three panels on the following topics: “Silicon Ballet:” Bringing Ballet and Technology Together On Stage, On Film, and Online; Ballet Unbound? The Aesthetics and Politics of Ballet in a Globalized World; and Boundless: Featuring New Voices in Ballet Choreography, Leadership, and Audiences. The panels will include an array of critics, academics, industry leaders, and artists. The opening night event will be free and open to the public, with individual tickets for the remaining three panels at $35 for the general public and $30 for subscribers. Tickets will go on sale beginning November 16, 2017. For more information, visit sfballet.org; all Symposium events will take place at the War Memorial Opera House and nearby venues.

 

Pop-up Events

Unbound Out of Bounds is a series of pop-ups that take place throughout the winter and next spring, in unexpected spaces throughout San Francisco. Through experiences hosted in public venues, bars, and more, these parties are designed to appeal to young audiences who aren’t as familiar with ballet. The series launched with an outdoor fitness class on October 26 and will continue with additional events, to be announced soon.

For more information on Unbound: A Festival of New Works, visit sfballet.org/unbound.

 

Unbound Sponsors

Support for Unbound: A Festival of New Works is provided by Grand Benefactor Sponsors David and Kelsey Lamond, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Osterweis, Yurie and Carl Pascarella, Denise Littlefield Sobel, Ms. Susan A. Van Wagner, and Miles Archer Woodlief; Lead Sponsors Ms. Laura Clifford, Mrs. Randee Seiger, and Judy C. Swanson; and Major Sponsors Tom Horn and the Bob Ross Foundation, and Koret Foundation.

SF Ballet’s 2018 Season runs from January 23 to May 6, for a total of 62 performances. For more information, visit sfballet.org.

 

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has a history of making history. The Company has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. SF Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States and currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. The mission of SF Ballet is to share its joy of dance with the widest possible audience—in its community and worldwide—and to provide the highest caliber of dance training in its School. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. For more information, visit sfballet.org.

 

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Unbound Schedule

 

Program A: King/Wheeldon/Peck (April 20 eve, April 22 mat, April 28 eve, May 3 eve, May 6 mat)
Program B: Thatcher/Marston/Dawson (April 21 eve, April 25 eve, April 29 mat, May 4 eve)
Program C: Welch/McIntyre/Lopez Ochoa (April 24 eve, April 27 eve, May 2 eve, May 5 mat)
Program D: Liang/Rhoden/Pita (April 26 eve, April 28 mat, May 1 eve, May 5 eve)

 

Unbound Artistic Credits

 

Program A

King World Premiere

Composer: Jason Moran
Choreographer: Alonzo King
Scenic Design: Jim Campbell
Costume Design: Robert Rosenwasser
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Bound©

Composer: Keaton Henson
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Scenic and Costume Design: Jean-Marc Puissant
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Composers: Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez, Bradley Laner, and Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Choreographer: Justin Peck
Costume Design: Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

 

Program B

Thatcher World Premiere

Composer: John Adams
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher
Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Sylvie Rood
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Snowblind

Composers: Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, and Arvo Pärt
Music arranged by: Philip Feeney
Choreographer: Cathy Marston
Scenic and Costume Design: Patrick Kinmonth
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Anima Animus

Composer: Ezio Bosso
Choreographer: David Dawson
Scenic Design: John Otto
Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

 

Program C

Welch World Premiere

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer: Stanton Welch
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem

Composer: Chris Garneau
Choreographer: Trey McIntyre
Costume Design: Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Lopez Ochoa World Premiere

Composers: Joe Andrews, Michel Banabila, Tom Halstead, and Charles Valentin-Alkan
Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

 

Program D

The Infinite Ocean

Composer: Oliver Davis
Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Rhoden World Premiere

Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman
Choreographer: Dwight Rhoden
Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Christine Darch
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Pita World Premiere

Composers: Björk Gudmundsdottir, Sigurjon Sigurdsson
Choreographer: Arthur Pita
Costume Design: Marco Morante
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls