THE FIFTH SEASON • HARMONY • MAGRITTOMANIA
THE FIFTH SEASON
Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle when it premiered as “his best ballet yet,” this is a study in contrasts: cool, sophisticated movements coexisting with passionate interludes and minimalistic yet romantic melodies.
The world premiere of Helgi Tomasson’s dynamic Harmony, created after SF Ballet’s joyous return to the studios post–shelter-in-place, will be the iconic dancemaker’s final premiere as artistic director and principal choreographer.
Yuri Possokhov’s quirky, imaginative work is inspired by the art of surrealist painter René Magritte, raising the question: Is life something we encounter or create? Bowler hats, oversized green apples, clouds, and other recognizable iconography of Magritte’s work infuse this dreamlike ballet.
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Apr 2–16, 2022
The Fifth Season
Composer: Karl Jenkins
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Harmony (World Premiere)
Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Yuri Krasavin after Ludwig van Beethoven
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Run time: 2:13 with two 20-min intermissions
Casting and run times subject to change.
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BEHIND THE SCENES
The Fifth Season
Scenic and Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Michael Mazzola
World Premiere: March 28, 2006—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California
Music: String Quartet No. 2 and “Largo” from Palladio, used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright holder. Costumes constructed by Birgit Pfeffer, Groveland, California. Handpainting by Connie Strayer, Los Altos, California. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.
The 2006 world premiere of The Fifth Season was made possible by The Herbert Family and the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund of the SF Ballet Endowment Foundation.
Harmony World Premiere
Scenic and Costume Design: Emma Kingsbury
Lighting Design: Jim French
World Premiere: April 2, 2022—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California
Music: All music is by Jean-Philippe Rameau from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin (1727); Les Boréades: Act 4, Scene 4 (1763); Pièces de clavecin en Concerts: Cinquieme concert (1741); Pigmalión: Scene V, 2nd Pantomime (1748). Costumes constructed by Colin Davis Jones Studios, New York, New York. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.
Scenic and Costume Design: Thyra Hartshorn
Lighting Design: Kevin Connaughton
World Premiere: March 30, 2000—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California
Music: Selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged by Yuri Krasavin: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 (Variation No. 33); Bagatelle in A minor for Piano, Op. 59 “Fur Elise”; Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 (Mvt. 3); Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10/3; Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 “Emperor” (Mvt. 1); Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 (Mvt. 2); Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica” (Mvt. 4); Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein” (Mvt. 3); Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata” (Mvt.1). Yuri Krasavin: Excerpts from film scores. Costumes constructed by Cincinnati Ballet Costume Shop, Diana Vandergriff, Supervisor. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments. All photographs taken by Thyra Hartshorn, except photograph of GUM in Moscow, Russia, taken by Damian Smith.
The 2000 world premiere of Magrittomania was made possible in part by the Phyllis C. Wattis New Works Fund.