a tasting flight of contemporary ballet

Classical (Re)Vision features ballets specifically created for San Francisco Ballet dancers, including Stanton Welch’s updated classicism, Liam Scarlett’s moving drama, and Mark Morris’s quirky cool. Set to J.S. Bach’s violin concertos, Welch’s Bespoke is a neoclassical ode on the brevity of a dance career, created to show off the dancers of SF Ballet and their love for and commitment to the art form. Hummingbird, Scarlett’s first commission for SF Ballet, showcases this popular young choreographer’s style of blending classical ballet with contemporary drama, and is set to the music of Philip Glass. Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet, created here in 1999, is a cleverly tongue-in-cheek ballet exemplary of this choreographer’s signature musical sensibility, and set to the music of Leroy Anderson.


Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer: Stanton Welch



Composer: Philip Glass
Choreographer: Liam Scarlett



Composer: Leroy Anderson
Choreographer: Mark Morris

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Total run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 20 and one 15 minute intermission

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San Francisco Ballet in Morris' Sandpaper Ballet. (© Erik Tomasson)


2/9: Exploring Sandpaper Ballet

Join SF Ballet for an exploration Sandpaper Ballet. In this intensive one-day course, you’ll learn about the ballet's history and interpretations and hear from the artists who perform them.


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Find out what the three contemporary choreographers on Program 2 have to say about their inspiration, motivation, and creative process.

Ultimate Guide to Classical (Re)VisionRead & Listen
About Liam Scarlett’s HummingbirdRead
About Stanton Welch’s BespokeRead & Listen

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Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

World Premiere: April 24, 2018—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

The 2018 world premiere of Bespoke was made possible by possible by Unbound Festival Presenting Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey.

Scenic and Costume Design: John Macfarlane
Lighting Design: David Finn

World Premiere: April 29, 2014—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

The 2014 world premiere of Hummingbird was made possible by Lead Sponsor Yurie and Carl Pascarella.

Costume Design: Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Assistant to Mr. Morris: Tina Fehlandt

World Premiere: April 27, 1999—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

The 1999 world premiere of Sandpaper Ballet was made possible by The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis New Works Fund, and Philip Morris Companies Inc.