Bright Fast
Cool Blue

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: George Balanchine

The Chairman Dances
Composer: John Adams
Choreographer: Benjamin Millepied

Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
Composer: Aaron Copland
Choreographer: Justin Peck

Balanchine turned up the volume on classical ballet, making the movement bigger, faster, and more energetic, and New York City Ballet alums Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck have put their own stamp on this aesthetic. Balanchine’s moonlit Serenade is followed by Millepied’s propulsive and expanded The Chairman Dances, and Peck’s Rodeo, an athletic, high-energy interpretation of Aaron Copland’s iconic music.

SF Ballet in Serenade. (Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust) // © Erik Tomasson

“Mr. Peck is one of those rare dance-makers whose detailed planning rewards multiple viewings.”

The New York Times

Costume Design

  • after Karinska
Rodeo: four dance episodes
  • Reid Bartelme, Harriet Jung, and Justin Peck 

Original Lighting Design

  • Ronald Bates

Costume and Lighting Design

The Chairman Dances
  • Benjamin Millepied

Lighting Design

Rodeo: four dance episodes
  • Brandon Stirling Baker