Joseph Walsh in Possokhov's Swimmer

Digital Program 03

Digital Program 03

Created for 21 dancers, Symphony #9 highlights two lead couples and a solo male set against designer George Tsypin’s backdrop of grays and splashes of red recalling works of Socialist realism. Wooden Dimes – Danielle Rowe’s first mainstage production for SF Ballet – follows her Gala successes and is sure to delight fans of dramatic, contemporary choreography. Closing the program, Yuri Possokhov’s fan-favorite Swimmer brings audiences on a psychedelic multimedia journey through loneliness, love, and 1960s pop culture.

*Note: Symphony #9 and Swimmer will be archival captures.



Mar 4 – Mar 24, 2021

Symphony #9

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky


Composer: James M. Stephenson
Director and Choreographer: Danielle Rowe


Composers: Shinji Eshima, Kathleen Brennan, Gavin Bryars, and Tom Waits
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

Programming subject to change.

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Program 03 Casting

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Conductor: Martin West

Jennifer Stahl, Aaron Robison
Dores André, Joseph Walsh
Wei Wang

Composer: James M. Stephenson
Director and Choreographer: Danielle Rowe

Betty Fine, a rising Vaudeville Star: Sarah Van Patten*
Robert Fine, her husband: Luke Ingham*
The Dresser, Betty’s best friend: Ludmila Bizalion*
The Office Men, Robert’s demanding colleagues: Hansuke Yamamoto*, John-Paul Simoens*, Joseph Warton*
The Director, Betty’s infatuated boss: Tiit Helimets*
Shiny Things, Betty’s joy and happiness: Madison Keesler*, Nathaniel Remez*
Dark Angels, Robert’s doubts and insecurities: Dores André*, Max Cauthorn*
The Chorus Ladies, Betty’s friends and colleagues: Samantha Bristow*, Thamires Chuvas*, Gabriela Gonzalez*, Anatalia Hordov*, Ellen Rose Hummel*, SunMin Lee*, Norika Matsuyama*, Tyla Steinbach*

Composers: Shinji Eshima, Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, and Gavin Bryars
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Conductor: Ming Luke

Joseph Walsh
Lauren Strongin, Tiit Helimets
Sofiane Sylve, Luke Ingham
Wanting Zhao
Max Cauthorn, Daniel Deivison-Oliviera, Pascal Molat

Music Director and Principal Conductor

Martin West

Violin I

Cordula Merks, Concertmaster
Heeguen Song, Associate Concertmaster
Beni Shinohara, Assistant Concertmaster
Heidi Wilcox
Robin Hansen
Brian Lee
Mariya Borozina
Wenyi Shih**
Barbara Riccardi*
Karen Shinozaki*
Lev Rankov*
Carla Picchi*
Maya Cohon*
George Hayes*
Julie Kim*

Violin II

Ani Bukujian, Principal
Craig Reiss, Associate Principal
Jeanelle Meyer, Assistant Principal
Marianne Wagner
Patricia Van Winkle
Elbert Tsai
Laura Keller
Jeremy Preston
Rebecca Jackson**
Katherine Button*
Jennifer Hsieh*
Dian Zhang*


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


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


Steve D’Amico, Principal
Shinji Eshima, Associate Principal
Jonathan Lancelle, Assistant Principal
Mark Drury
Joseph Lescher*


Barbara Chaffe, Principal
Julie McKenzie
Stephanie McNab*


Julie McKenzie


Laura Griffiths, Principal
Marilyn Coyne

english horn

Marilyn Coyne


Natalie Parker, Principal
Andrew Sandwick
Steve Sanchez**
Andrew O’Donnell, Principal**
Barret Ham**

bass Clarinet

Andrew Sandwick
Barret Ham**


Rufus Olivier, Principal
Patrick Johnson-Whitty


Patrick Johnson-Whitty


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


Adam Luftman, Principal
Joseph Brown
Conrad Jones**
John Pearson*


Jeffrey Budin, Principal
Hall Goff
Matthew Cox
Gabe Cruz**

Bass Trombone

Scott Thornton, Principal


Peter Wahrhaftig, Principal


James Gott, Principal
John Burgardt**


David Rosenthal, Principal
Todd Manley*
Peter Thielen*
Victor Avdienko*
Thomas Duckworth*


Annabelle Taubl, Principal
Sophie Baird Daniel*


Natalia Feygina

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

Staged by: Nancy Raffa
Scenic Design: George Tsypin
Costume Design: Keso Dekker
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Rehearsal Assistants: Ricardo Bustamante, Katita Waldo

World Premiere: October 18, 2012—American Ballet Theatre, New York City Center; New York, New York

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: April 2, 2014—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Shostakovich Trilogy was co-commissioned by San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Music: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70 by Dmitri Shostakovich, used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and sole copyright owner. Photo image © Estate of George Platt Lynes. Scenic construction by R.A. Reed-USA, Inc., Portland, Oregon, and Scenic Art Studios, Newburgh, New York. Costumes constructed by Artur & Tailors Ltd., New York, New York, and Euro Co. Costumes, Inc., New York, New York. Costume dyeing and digital printing by Dyenamix Inc., and Raylene Marasco, New York, New York.

Costume Design: Emma Kingsbury
Scenic Properties Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Lighting Design: Jim French and Matthew Stouppe
Director of Photography: Heath Orchard
Editor: Lindsay Gauthier
Executive Producer: Christopher Dennis
Producers: Lauren Finerman and Lindsay Gauthier

World Premiere: March 4, 2021—San Francisco Ballet

Music: Wooden Dimes by James M. Stephenson, commissioned by San Francisco Ballet; recorded individually at home by members of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and compiled, edited, and mixed by Martin West. Costumes constructed by Colin Davis Jones Studios. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.

Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: David Finn
Video Design: Kate Duhamel
Rehearsal Assistant: Anita Paciotti

World Premiere: April 10, 2015—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

The 2015 world premiere of Swimmer was made possible by Lead Sponsors Kate and Bill Duhamel, Gaia Fund, Yurie and Carl Pascarella, Judy C. Swanson, and Miles Archer Woodlief, with additional support from the TeRoller Fund for New Productions of San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation.

Music: “Swimmer” original music composed by Shinji Eshima. “Green Grass” by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan; “If I Have to Go” by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan; “The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me Today” by Tom Waits © Jalma Music (ASCAP). Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet” by Gavin Bryars used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, sole U.S. and Canadian agent for Schott Music Ltd., London, publisher and copyright owner. Animation created by Photon SF, Inc., San Francisco, California. Costumes constructed by Mark Zappone et Co., Seattle, Washington. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.