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BLANC / SCHREIER / POSSOKHOV PREMIERES

BLANC / SCHREIER / POSSOKHOV PREMIERES

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Blanc / Schreier / Possokhov Premieres

 

Gateway to the Sun

Nicolas Blanc, former SF Ballet Principal Dancer and current choreographer at The Joffrey Ballet, returns to SF Ballet for Gateway to the Sun, his new ballet set to Anna Clyne's DANCE for cello and orchestra from 2019. "Dance is a liberation, dance is a sense of soothing, of solace for a human being," said Blanc, who models the five movements after the five lines of the 13th century poet Rumi that Clyne excerpted for her score:

Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.

—Rumi

Kin

Claudia Schreier is creating on SF Ballet for the first time with Kin, set to a commissioned score by Tanner Porter. "Working with Tanner has blown open wide for me the possibility of what it means to work in collaboration with an artists," said Schreier. An abstract ballet, Kin features two female dancers among a cast of sixteen who are enveloped in a shifting power dynamic, pressured by the limiting nature of time.

Violin Concerto

Yuri Possokhov, who became SF Ballet's Choreographer in Residence after retiring from dancing for SF Ballet in 2006, recalls Balanchine's Violin Concerto as one of his favorite ballets by the choreographer which he danced many times. Possokhov approaches Stravinsky's score with fresh eyes, however. "I needed to do this now," Possokhov said. "My memory of Balanchine comes back, of course, but this impulse gives me the chance to express myself." Violin Concerto showcases Possokhov's musicality and is set on seven couples and one lead ballerina.

 

next@90 festival

The future of ballet is coming Next. We’ve celebrated maker culture here in the Bay Area for decades, so to celebrate San Francisco’s 90th anniversary we’re looking forward. The next@90 festival presents 9 world premiere ballets by 9 innovative, international choreographers, centering the innovation of the dance world right here in San Francisco. next@90 festival features new works by Nicolas Blanc, Bridget Breiner, Val Caniparoli, Robert Garland, Yuka Oishi, Yuri Possokhov, Jamar Roberts, Danielle Rowe, and Claudia Schreier.

 

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Gateway to the Sun

Composer

Anna Clyne

Choreographer

Nicolas Blanc

Kin

Composer

Tanner Porter

Choreographer

Claudia Schreier

Violin Concerto

Composer

Igor Stravinsky

Choreographer

Yuri Possokhov

Production credits

 

Gateway to the Sun

Scenic and Costume Design: Katrin Schnabl
Lighting Design: Jim French

World Premiere: January 25, 2023—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: Dance by Anna Clyne, used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. Costumes constructed by Lineamente, Inc., Chicago, IL. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.

Kin

Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Abigail Dupree-Polston
Lighting Design: Jim French

World Premiere: January 25, 2023—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: Original composition commissioned by San Francisco Ballet. Costumes constructed by Colin Davis Jones Studios, New York, NY. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.

Violin Concerto

Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Jim French
Assistant to the Choreographer: Tiit Helimets

World Premiere: January 25, 2023—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra, used by arrangement with European American Music Distributers Company, sole U.S. and Canadian agent for Schott Music, Mainz, Germany, publisher and copyright owner. Costumes constructed by Parsons-Meares Ltd., New York, NY. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.