“An incredible experience.” The choreographers and dancers of Unbound on this unprecedented festival. From April 20–May 6, our Unbound festival of new work brought together a dozen choreographers from around the world and all of our dancers for 17 performances of 12 new works. How was the experience for the artists who created it? The choreographers, some of whom were happy to reunite with old friends here at SF Ballet, were grateful to the dancers and artistic staff, and thrilled to be a part of Unbound.
Thank you so much to Helgi Tomasson and everyone who has achieved the impossible at @sfballet for an incredible experience creating #ANIMAANIMUS for #UNBOUND2018! Thank you to the amazing dancers I have had the privilege to work with - @balletrusse #SofianeSylve @carlodilanno @luke_ingham @way8way @henrysidford123 @kamrynebaldwin @emateer @lizzypowell222 #SkylaSchreter - it is at times like this when it's hard to say goodbye - the moments we shared together will stay in my heart forever and I will miss you all so very much - keep enjoying, loving, and sharing the living histories of our art! The wonderful Violin Concerto No.1 by @eziobosso has given us wings! - and together with #JohnOtto @yumikoworld and #JamesIngalls beautiful designs it has taken its first flight - Thank you! Special thanks to @feldiazinsane @bglad247 and Alan Villareal for all the incredible work you do - for keeping me together and pushing me forward. And finally - my special thanks, respect and gratitude to the fantastic 11 choreographers with whom I had the honour to share this wonderful creative journey - Alonzo King Christopher Wheeldon Justin Peck Myles Thatcher Cathy Marston Stanton Welch Trey McIntyre Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Edwaard Liang Dwight Rhoden and Arthur Pita - congratulations to you all for your sensational work and for your wealth of talent that knows no boundaries! Love you all! UBOUND2018 Forever! #UNBOUND #newcreation #worldpremiere #ballet #dance #choreography @e_tomasson https://www.sfballet.org/unbound https://www.sfballet.org/season/2018-repertory/2018-unbound-b http://www.dawsonarts.net/work/anima-animus/
For many of the dancers, it was an equally thrilling, and for some, a transformative experience. “A life changing experience” wrote Mathilde Froustey and “an experience I’ll never forget” wrote Elizabeth Powell. Principal Dancer Jennifer Stahl recognized the irony of posting an image of Christopher Wheeldon’s Bound To©, a cautionary tale about our addiction to technology, as she used her phone to take over @sfballet’s Instagram stories.
Still a little bit in the clouds after yesterday’s Opening Show of SnowBlind choreographed by @cathyrmarston . We started working on it over the summer 2017 and it has been a life changing experience for me. It’s the first time ever a choreographer creates a ballet on me. I don’t know how to say thank you enough to Cathy for trusting me and making be becoming the sensitive « Mattie » of Snowblind. Thank you also so much to @ulrikbirkkjaer and @_svp_ who helped me through this new experience. And this coral dress .... Thank you @patrickkinmonth for designing the most beautiful dress for me .. .. I’m dancing 3 more show of SnowBlind ( program B of Unbound festival ) on 04/25 , 04/29 and 05/04 . Come over !
We did it!!! @doublediamond1 Thank you for creating this masterpiece. It’s an experience I will never forget . . . . #animaanimus #beastmode #sfballet #unbound #yumiko #daviddawson #skylaistoocoolforinstagram @doublediamond1 @feldiazinsane @yumikoworld @carlodilanno @henrysidford123 @emateer @luke_ingham @balletrusse @itsmekamii @way8way @sofsylve
Thank you @annabellelopezochoa for such a fierce, fun, and timely ballet. And thank you @juliamrowe for letting me throw you around out there! #GUERNICA #unbound2018 #bullsinspace #ballet #dance #maledancers #guysdancetoo #pointe #scream #sfballet #choreography #dancersofig #worldwideballet #dance #dancer
Dancers also provided a closer, behind-the-scenes look at the incredible costumes of Unbound.