Read our program notes to learn more about the works being performed by SF Ballet in New York City.
See program descriptions below.
Wednesday, October 16, 8pm: Trio, Ghosts, Borderlands
Thursday, October 17, 8pm: From Foreign Lands, Beaux, Classical Symphony, Symphonic Dances
Friday, October 18, 8pm: From Foreign Lands, Beaux, Classical Symphony, Symphonic Dances
Saturday, October 19, 2pm: Trio, Ghosts, Suite en Blanc
Saturday, October 19, 8pm: Trio, Ghosts, Borderlands
Sunday, October 20, 2pm: Suite en Blanc, From Foreign Lands, Symphonic Dances
San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s immensely sophisticated Trio is set to Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence.” The work, which Tomasson created for the Company’s 2010 Repertory Season, has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “elegant and engrossing.”
SF Ballet recently wowed London fans and critics with Christopher Wheeldon’s ethereal Ghosts. The London Independent said, “Ghosts is original and astonishingly atmospheric… utterly gripping.” The work originally debuted during the Company’s 2010 Repertory Season.
Set to an electronic score by Joel Cadbury and Paul Stoney, Wayne McGregor’s arresting Borderlands is a fierce, driving study in movement inspired by the work of contemporary visual artist Josef Albers. Upon its world premiere in January 2013, the San Jose Mercury News said, “Borderlands offered dancers extreme physical challenges, and stunning moments abounded.”
Upon its world premiere in March 2013, the New York Times said Alexei Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands “has original details that show why Mr. Ratmansky is in such high demand… Ratmansky hurtles us from one locale to another with breathtaking velocity, proposing folk elements and spicing them with ballet bravura.”
Set to a baroque revival harpsichord score by Bohuslav Martinů, Mark Morris’ Beaux features nine men in colorful costumes by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and “shows Morris once again as master craftsman” (San Francisco Chronicle). The work debuted on SF Ballet’s 2012 Repertory Season. Upon its revival this season, The New York Times called Beaux “the happiest rethink of masculinity that ballet has seen in decades.”
Having premiered in 2010 and set to Prokofiev’s soaring score, San Francisco Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony is “an exhilarating and bold display of full-throttle academic pure dance with modern accentuations… a breakthrough.” (New York Times)
Set to the music of Rachmaninov, Edwaard Liang’s Symphonic Dances “has a youthful primitive energy,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle, while Examiner.com proclaimed the work as “an explosive revelation, an instant classic.” The work, which debuted on SF Ballet’s 2012 Repertory Season, was performed at London’s Sadler’s Wells
Having made its SF Ballet debut in January 2013, Serge Lifar’s iconic Suite en Blanc features over 40 dancers in a dazzling array of beautiful white costumes. This showcase of French neoclassicism offers “a parade of stunning individual and Hollywood-big corps performances” (San Jose Mercury News)
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Lead Sponsor Denise Littlefield Sobel; Major Sponsors Donald F. Houghton, Sandra and James Katzman, Bob Ross Foundation, and Randee and Joseph Seiger; and Sponsors Elizabeth and Richard Fullerton, and Ms. Susan A. Van Wagner.
The following funds of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation provide permanent support for touring by San Francisco Ballet: Lead Underwriters Osher Touring Fund, G. William Jewell Touring Fund, The Hellman Family Touring Fund; Major Underwriters Frannie and Mort Fleishhacker Touring Fund, Stephen and Margaret Gill Family Foundation Touring Fund, Teri and Andy Goodman Touring Fund, Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Touring Fund, Bob Ross Foundation Touring Fund, Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Touring Fund; Underwriters Davidson Bidwell-Waite and Edwin A. Waite Fund, Glenn McCoy Touring Fund, and Anne and Michelle Shonk Touring Fund.