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5 / BALLET ACCELERATOR

5 / BALLET ACCELERATOR

PUSHING DANCE TO THE LIMITS

Looking for poetry, drama, and the hair-raising thrill of extreme virtuoso dancing? Check, check, and check—Ballet Accelerator has all of these and more. A poetic, neoclassical work for eight dancers, Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, set to Bach concertos, incorporates sensual adagio, exuberant allegro, and everything in between. Cathy Marston, whose Snowblind was a 2018 Unbound festival favorite, has created another stunning world premiere of dance drama for San Francisco Ballet, titled Mrs. Robinson. David Dawson’s Anima Animus is ballet pushed to every extreme; technique stretched to its outer limit—physically emotional virtuosity.

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7 FOR EIGHT

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

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MRS. ROBINSON WORLD PREMIERE

Music Composed By: Terry Davies
Choreographer: Cathy Marston

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ANIMA ANIMUS

Composer: Ezio Bosso
Choreographer: David Dawson


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Total run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 20 and one 15 minute intermission

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BEHIND THE SCENES

One of Helgi Tomasson's most iconic works. Anima Animus—one of the most challenging contemporary ballets to dance. And Kathy Marston—bringing story telling back into fashion. Check out the wildly diverse ballets on this program.

Your Ultimate Guide to Ballet Accelerator – Read
Tomasson’s 7 for Eight – Read | Watch
Reconsidering Mrs. Robinson – Read
Dawson's Anima Animus – Read | Listen

7 FOR EIGHT

Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: David Finn

World Premiere: February 26, 2004—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

The 2004 world premiere of 7 for Eight was made possible by Mr. Thomas J. Perkins and The Edward E. Hills Fund.


MRS. ROBINSON

Scenic and Costume Design: Patrick Kinmonth
Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp
Lighting Design: Jim French
Dramaturg: Edward Kemp
Choreographic Collaborator: Jenny Tattersall


ANIMA ANIMUS

Scenic Design: John Otto
Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Assistant to the Choreographer: Rebecca Gladstone

World Premiere: April 21, 2018—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House

The 2018 world premiere of Anima Animus was made possible by Unbound Festival Presenting Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey and Grand Benefactor Sponsor Yurie and Carl Pascarella.