Program

02

Modern Masters

Seven Sonatas
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky

Optimistic Tragedy
Composer: Ilya Demutsky
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

Pas/Parts 2016
Composer: Thom Willems
Choreographer: William Forsythe

Program 2 features the purity and delicacy of Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, the world premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s emotionally intense Optimistic Tragedy, and William Forsythe’s pulsating Pas/Parts 2016. Set to Scarlatti, Seven Sonatas is a neoclassical ballet The Washington Post hailed for “its extreme musical sensitivity.” Be the first to see Optimistic Tragedy, a world premiere by Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, whose Swimmer was the undisputed hit of the 2015 season. And finally, William Forsythe’s astounding Pas/Parts 2016. Upon its debut, the SF Chronicle raved, “dense in detail, yet airy in effect, classical in its language…yet resolutely contemporary in its sensibility—a major acquisition for the company.”

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 23 minutes, including 15- and 20-minute intermissions
Header Image: SF Ballet in Forsythe's Pas/Parts 2016 // © Erik Tomasson
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“The most fascinating bill of the year.”

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Meet the Masters

Take a peek at what Allan Ulrich from The San Francisco Chronicle called “the most fascinating bill of the year.”

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WILLIAM FORYSTHE ON PAS/PARTS 2016

We visited choreographer William Forsythe in rehearsal for Pas/Parts 2016 and talked to him about his experience remounting the ballet, which was originally titled Pas/Parts and choreographed over 20 years ago.

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Scenic Design

Optimistic Tragedy
  • Alexander V. Nichols
Pas/Parts 2016
  • William Forsythe

Costume Design

Optimistic Tragedy
  • Mark Zappone
Pas/Parts 2016
  • Stephen Galloway
Seven Sonatas
  • Holly Hynes

Lighting Design

Optimistic Tragedy
  • Christopher Dennis
Pas/Parts 2016
  • William Forsythe
Seven Sonatas
  • Brad Fields

Projection Design

Optimistic Tragedy
  • Alexander V. Nichols

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