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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Wooden Dimes
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Program 03 Casting

*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.