LA SYLPHIDE • THE SEASONS
A magical world about forbidden love unfolds with a young Scotsman who, on his wedding day, falls spellbound to the charms of an ethereal fairy and follows her into her kingdom in the woods. August Bournonville's most everlasting ballet is sure to enrapture and pull at your heartstrings while dazzling you with technical fireworks.
THE SEASONS—WEST COAST PREMIERE
The Seasons is "born from joy and bursting at the seams" (The New York Times). Alexei Ratmansky, one of the world's most sought–after, visionary choreographers, premieres his new work on the West Coast in this reimagined ballet of Marius Petipa. This allegorical ballet showcases a choreography that is fiendishly challenging with tornado ferocity.
Updated 1/20/2022: Per San Francisco city guidelines, beginning February 1, 2022, San Francisco Ballet will require up-to-date vaccination, including proof of a COVID-19 booster—received at least one week prior to the performance they are attending—for entrance into the venue. This expands upon the Company's current requirement that all patrons ages 12 and up present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and audience members under the age of 12 to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time or antigen [rapid] test within 24 hours of the performance start time).
Patrons will also be required to show a photo ID alongside proof of vaccination and booster shot to enter. Patrons can show either paper or electronic documentation (including a photo of the card).
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Mar 15–20, 2022
Composer: Herman Løvenskiold
Choreographer: August Bournonville
The Seasons (SF Ballet Premiere)
Composer: Alexander Glazunov
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
BEHIND THE SCENES
A Ballet in Two Acts
Production Directed by: Helgi Tomasson
Staged by: Helgi Tomasson with Anita Paciotti and Katita Waldo
Additional Coaching by: Ulrik Birkkjaer
Scenic and Costume Design: Jose Varona
Lighting Design: Sara Linnie Slocum
World Premiere: November 28, 1836—Royal Danish Ballet; Copenhagen, Denmark
San Francisco Ballet Premiere: October 25, 1987—Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall; Honolulu, Hawaii
Music: La Sylphide. Costumes constructed by Dallas Ballet Costume Department, Dallas, Texas. Additional costumes constructed by San Francisco Ballet Wardrobe Department.
The Seasons (SF Ballet Premiere)
Staged by: Nancy Raffa
Costume Design: Robert Perdziola
Costume Design Assistant: Caitlin Rain
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
World Premiere: May 20, 2019—American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House; New York, New York
San Francisco Ballet Premiere: March 15, 2022—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California
The Seasons is a co-production with American Ballet Theatre.
Music: The Seasons, Op. 67. Costumes constructed by Colin Davis Jones Studios, New York, NY; Euro Co Costumes, New York, NY; Krostyne Studio, Pittsburg, PA; Tricorne, Inc., New York, NY. Millinery by Lynne Mackey Studio, New York, NY; Rodney Gordon, Inc., New York, NY. Fabric Printing and Dyeing by Dyenamix Inc., New York, NY.