Myles Thatcher World Premiere
Composer: John Adams
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher

Composers: Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, and Arvo Pärt
Music Arranger: Philip Feeney
Choreographer: Cathy Marston

Anima Animus
Composer: Ezio Bosso
Choreographer: David Dawson

Groupthink. Tragic passion. Opposing energy. Three innovative thinkers examine the ties that bind and the differences that distinguish. Myles Thatcher’s narrative ballet, set to John Adams’ Absolute Jest, follows a protagonist in a rigidly divided society uncovering the beautifully complex individuality behind simplified labels. Cathy Marston takes inspiration from the doomed love triangle in Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome, telling a story of repression, love, and desperation. David Dawson contrasts the diverse talents of SF Ballet’s dancers with “physically emotional virtuosity” and music by Ezio Bosso.

Program Dates
Sat, Apr 21, 8pm
Wed, Apr 25, 7:30pm
Sun, Apr 29, 2pm
Fri, May 4, 8pm

Sarah van Patten // © Erik Tomasson

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Scenic Design

Thatcher World Premiere
  • Alexander V. Nichols
Anima Animus
  • John Otto

Costume Design

Thatcher World Premiere
  • Sylvie Rood
Anima Animus
  • Yumiko Takeshima

Lighting Design

Thatcher World Premiere
  • James F. Ingalls
  • James F. Ingalls
Anima Animus
  • James F. Ingalls

Scenic and Costume Design

  • Patrick Kinmonth


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