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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.

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)
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THE INFINITE OCEAN

Composer: Oliver Davis
Choreographer: Edwaard Liang

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The Big Hunger WORLD PREMIERE

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Trey McIntyre

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ETUDES

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


Casting to be announced


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

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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.

Liang’s The Infinite OceanRead | Watch | Listen
McEntyre's The Big HungerComing Soon
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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