THE COLORS OF DANCE
Tomasson's 7 for Eight
The season's mixed repertory program opens with Helgi Tomasson's 7 for Eight from 2004, a series of elegant solo and ensemble numbers for eight dancers and set to portions of four of Bach's keyboard concertos. 7 for Eight includes black-on-black costume designs by Sandra Woodall and lighting designs by David Finn.
The stage debut of Myles Thatcher's COLORFORMS, a new work the choreographer began developing for the Company in spring 2020, which premiered as a dance fil in SF Ballet's 2021 Digital Season. Now, Thatcher's vibrant reflection on joy and connection set to Steve Reich's Variations for Vibes, Pianos, and Strings will come to life on the stage.
Forsythe's Blake Works I
Blake Works I is set to seven songs from James Blake's album The Colour in Anything. Forsythe—one of ballet's most innovative creators—crafts a living love letter to the artform with complex, kaleidoscopic movements that riff off the classic ballet vocabulary.
MAR 14–MAR 19
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7 for Eight
Johann Sebastian Bach
BLAKE WORKS I
Choreography and Scenic Design
7 for Eight
Costumer Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: David Finn
World Premiere: February 26, 2004—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California
Music: Keyboard Concerto No. 5, BWV 1056 (2nd & 3rd movements); Keyboard Concerto No. 4, BWV 1055 (1st and 2nd movements); Concerto for 4 Harpsichords, BWV 1065 (2nd movement) arranged for one harpsichord; Keyboard Concerto No. 1 BWV 1052 (2nd and 1st movements). Costumes constructed by Birgit Pfeffer, Palo Alto, California.
Scenic and Lighting Design: Jim French
Costume Design: Susan Roemer
World Premiere (film version): February 11, 2021—San Francisco Ballet
Premiere (stage version): March 14, 2023—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California
Music: Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings by Steve Reich, used by arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner. Costumes constructed by S-Curve Apparel, San Francisco, California. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.
Blake Works I
Staged by: Ayman Harper
Costume Design: Dorothee Merg and William Forsythe
Lighting Design: Tanja Ruehl and William Forsythe
World Premiere: July 4, 2016–Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier; Paris, France
San Francisco Ballet Premiere: February 3, 2022—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California
Music: Songs from The Colour in Anything: "I Need a Forest Fire", “Put That Away and Talk to Me”, “The Colour in Anything”, “I Hope My Life (1-800 Mix)”, “Waves Know Shores”, “Two Men Down”, and "f.o.r.e.v.e.r.". Costumes constructed by San Francisco Ballet Wardrobe Department.