Digital Program 02

Digital Program 02

Dwight Rhoden’s brilliantly physical and deeply felt LET’S BEGIN AT THE END returns following its success at the 2018 Unbound Festival. SF Ballet Soloist Myles Thatcher, known for his signature blend of innovative movement and social consciousness, creates a new work, COLORFORMS. Closing the program, Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet is a cleverly tongue-in-cheek piece exemplary of this choreographer’s signature musical sensibility.

*Note: LET'S BEGIN AT THE END and Sandpaper Ballet will be archival captures.


Feb 11 – Mar 3, 2021


Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman
Choreographer: Dwight Rhoden


Composer: Steve Reich
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher
Film Director: Ezra Hurwitz


Composer: Leroy Anderson
Choreographer: Mark Morris

Streaming access available beginning 6 pm on Feb 11.

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Program 02 Casting

Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman
Choreographer: Dwight Rhoden
Conductor: David Briskin
Violin: Mariya Borozina
Piano: Natal’ya Feygina

Frances Chung, Angelo Greco
Esteban Hernandez
Sasha De Sola, Benjamin Freemantle
Jennifer Stahl, Ulrik Birkkjaer

Composer: Steve Reich
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher
Director: Ezra Hurwitz

Frances Chung*
Sasha De Sola*
Isabella DeVivo*
Jasmine Jimison*
Maggie Weirich*

Sean Bennett*
Ulrik Birkkjaer*
Cavan Conley*
Esteban Hernandez*
Steven Morse*

Composer: Leroy Anderson
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Conductor: Ming Luke

Kamryn Baldwin, Sean Bennett, Alexandre Cagnat, Thamires Chuvas, Cavan Conley, Daniel Deivison-Oliviera, Isabella DeVivo, Lucas Erni, Jahna Frantziskonis, Anatalia Hordov, Jasmine Jimison, Vladislav Kozlov, Norika Matsuyama, Swane Messaoudi, Sasha Mukhamedov, Kimberly Marie Olivier, Wona Park, Lauren Parrott, Joshua Jack Price, Leili Rackow, Nathaniel Remez, Natasha Sheehan, Mingxuan Wang, Maggie Weirich, Ami Yuki

Music Director and Principal Conductor

Martin West

Guest Conductor

Ming Luke

Violin I

Cordula Merks, Concertmaster
Heeguen Song, Associate Concertmaster
Beni Shinohara, Assistant Concertmaster
Heidi Wilcox
Mia Kim
Robin Hansen
Brian Lee
Mariya Borozina
Minsun Choi
Wenyi Shih*
Karen Shinozaki*
Jennifer Cho*
Julie Kim*
Daniel Flanagan*
Dian Zhang*

Violin II

Ani Bukujian, Principal
Craig Reiss, Associate Principal
Jeanelle Meyer, Assistant Principal
Marianne Wagner
Clifton Foster
Laura Keller
Jeremy Preston
Rebecca Jackson*
Emma Votapek*
George Hayes*
Rochelle Nguyen*
Katherine Button*


Yi Zhou, Principal
Anna Kruger, Associate Principal
Joy Fellows, Assistant Principal
Caroline Lee
Paul Ehrlich
Elizabeth Prior*
Katherine Johnk*


Eric Sung, Principal
Jonah Kim, Associate Principal
Victor Fierro, Assistant Principal
Thalia Moore
Nora Pirquet
Ruth Lane*
Miriam Perkoff*


Steve D’Amico, Principal
Shinji Eshima, Associate Principal
Jonathan Lancelle, Assistant Principal
Mark Drury
Mark Wallace**
Michael Minor**


Barbara Chaffe, Principal
Julie McKenzie
Stephanie McNab*


Julie McKenzie


Laura Griffiths, Principal
Marilyn Coyne

english horn

Marilyn Coyne


Andrew O’Donnell, Principal**
Barret Ham**

bass Clarinet

Barret Ham**


Rufus Olivier, Principal
Patrick Johnson-Whitty


David Henderson*
Dale Wolford*
Kevin Stewart*


Kevin Rivard, Principal
Keith Green
Brian McCarty, Associate Principal
William Klingelhoffer


Adam Luftman, Principal
Joseph Brown
John Pearson*


Jeffrey Budin, Principal
Michael Cox

Bass Trombone

Scott Thornton, Principal


Peter Wahrhaftig, Principal


James Gott, Principal
John Burgardt**


David Rosenthal, Principal
Todd Manley*
Tyler Mack*
Victor Avdienko*
Thomas Duckworth*


Annabelle Taubl, Principal


Natal'ya Feygina*
Brenda Vahur*

Orchestra Personnel Manager and Music Administrator

Tracy Davis

Music Librarian

Matthew Naughtin

**Season Substitute
*Extra player
*Denotes role debut in current production
‡Denotes role debut at San Francisco Ballet
†Denotes debut in current production
◊Denotes a dancer who is no longer part of the Company

Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Christine Darch
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Assistant to the Choreographer: Clifford Williams
Rehearsal Assistant: Ricardo Bustamante

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

The 2018 world premiere of LET’S BEGIN AT THE END was made possible by possible by Unbound Festival Presenting Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey.

Music: “Love Doesn’t End” from The End of the Affair by Michael Nyman, used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. Allemande from Partita No. 2 in D minor for Solo Violin BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Symphony No. 3 for Strings, Part 2 and Etude No. 2 from Etudes for Piano Vol. 1 by Philip Glass, used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., and Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc., publisher and copyright owner. “Time Lapse” from A Zed and Two Noughts by Michael Nyman, used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. Costumes constructed by Christine Darch. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.

Costume Design: Susan Roemer
Lighting Design: Jim French
Director of Photography: Ricardo Campos
Editor: Ezra Hurwitz
Executive Producer: Christopher Dennis
Producers: Lauren Finerman and Lindsay Gauthier

World Premiere: February 11, 2021—San Francisco Ballet

Music: Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings by Steve Reich, used by arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner; conducted by Martin West, produced by Leslie Ann Jones, recorded and mixed by Leslie Ann Jones; assistant engineer and music editor, Dann Thompson; 2nd assistant and music editor, Sean Martin. Costumes constructed by S-Curve Apparel, San Francisco, California. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.

Special thanks to:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and its Education and Public Engagement Department
Alexander Calder, 23 feuilles à l'écart, 1945; Trois disques (intermediate maquette), 1967; Big Crinkly, 1969 © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
HOWL by Julie Mehretu. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery
Ellsworth Kelly, Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery
Ursula von Rydingsvardm, Czara z B?belkami, 2006, © Ursula von Rydingsvard, Collection SFMOMA
Tree Sketches by John-Paul Simoens
Mason Hsieh
Thomas Baker
Christopher Ouellette

Other filming locations include Golden Gate Park and Yerba Buena Gardens. Special thanks to San Francisco Parks and Recreation and Yerba Buena Arts and Events.

Staged by: Tina Fehlandt
Costume Design: Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Rehearsal Assistants: Betsy Erickson and Tina LeBlanc

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.

Music: “Sleigh Ride”,  “The Typewriter”, “A Trumpeter's Lullaby”, “Saraband”, “Balladette”, “Jazz Pizzicato”, “Jazz Legato”, “Fiddle-Faddle”, “The Girl in Satin” and “Song of the Bells” used by permission of Woodbury Music Company LLC of Woodbury, CT. (All Rights Reserved). Costumes constructed by Ann Beck Dance and Specialty Costumes, San Francisco. Fabric Screening by Dye-namix, New York, NY.