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3 / DANCE INNOVATIONS

3 / DANCE INNOVATIONS

three visions of ballet

Dance Innovations offers a chance to see three different ideas of what ballet can express: the beautiful poignancy of Edwaard Liang’s The Infinite Ocean, the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s The Big Hunger, and the thrilling display of classical movement that is Etudes. Visually stunning and emotionally stirring, The Infinite Ocean, set to a commissioned score by Oliver Davis, is a heartfelt, spiritual contemplation of the space between life and death. Choreographer Trey McIntyre returns with a brand-new work exploring the search for meaning in life in a society constantly focused on minutiae, set to Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 2. Harald Lander’s Etudes follows the course of ballet class, beginning simply at the barre and culminating with a spectacular display of virtuosity and technique by 40 dancers.

THE INFINITE OCEAN

Composer: Oliver Davis
Choreographer: Edwaard Liang

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The Big Hunger WORLD PREMIERE

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Trey McIntyre
Pianist: Yekwon Sunwoo

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ETUDES

Composer: Knudåge Riisager, after Carl Czerny
Choreographer: Harald Lander
Staged by: Johnny Eliasen
Artistic Advisor: Lise Lander


Total run time: 2 hours and 37 minutes, including one 20 and one 15 minute intermission

Program 03 Casting

THE INFINITE OCEAN
Composer: Oliver Davis
Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
Conductor: Ming Luke
Violin: Cordula Merks
Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets
Yuan Yuan Tan, Carlo Di Lanno

 

INTERMISSION

 

THE BIG HUNGER WORLD PREMIERE
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Trey McIntyre
Conductor: Martin West
Pianist: Yekwon Sunwoo
Dores André, Benjamin Freemantle
Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham
Esteban Hernandez, Wei Wang

 

INTERMISSION

 

ETUDES
Composer: Knudåge Riisager, after Carl Czerny
Choreographer: Harald Lander
Conductor: Ming Luke
Sasha De Sola
Angelo Greco, Joseph Walsh
Carlo Di Lanno
THE INFINITE OCEAN
Composer: Oliver Davis
Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
Conductor: Ming Luke
Violin: Cordula Merks
Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets
Wona Park, Steven Morse

 

INTERMISSION

 

THE BIG HUNGER WORLD PREMIERE
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Trey McIntyre
Conductor: Martin West
Pianist: Yekwon Sunwoo
Dores André, Benjamin Freemantle
Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham
Cavan Conley, Lonnie Weeks

 

INTERMISSION

 

ETUDES
Composer: Knudåge Riisager, after Carl Czerny
Choreographer: Harald Lander
Conductor: Martin West
Misa Kuranaga
Benjamin Freemantle, Wei Wang
Cavan Conley
*Denotes role debut in current production
‡Denotes role debut at San Francisco Ballet
†Denotes debut in current production

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Discover the wide-ranging approaches to ballet: Edwaard Liang's emotional and dramatic The Infinite Ocean; Trey McEntyre's 2020 Season World Premiere; and Harald Lander's intensely classical Etudes.


San Francisco Ballet in Lander's Etudes. (© Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet rehearse McIntyre's The Big Hunger. (© Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet rehearse McIntyre's The Big Hunger. (© Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet rehearse McIntyre's The Big Hunger. (© Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet in Liang's The Infinite Ocean. (© Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet in McIntyre's The Big Hunger // © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet in McIntyre's The Big Hunger // © Erik Tomasson
Nathaniel Remez in McIntyre's The Big Hunger // © Erik Tomasson
Julia Rowe in Liang's The Infinite Ocean // © Erik Tomasson
Sofiane Sylve and Tiit Helimets in Liang's The Infinite Ocean // © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet in Liang's The Infinite Ocean // © Erik Tomasson
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THE INFINITE OCEAN
Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

World Premiere: April 26, 2018—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

The 2018 world premiere of The Infinite Ocean was made possible by Unbound Festival Presenting Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey and Grand Benefactor Sponsor Denise Littlefield Sobel.


THE BIG HUNGER
Scenic and Costume Design: Thomas Mika
Lighting Design: Jim French

World Premiere: February 13, 2020—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California


ETUDES
Lighting Design: Harald Lander, Craig J. Miller

World Premiere: January 15, 1948—Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Theater; Copenhagen, Denmark

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: February 3, 1998—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California