Program 3

The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, Act II
Ghosts ©


Program 3: Triple-Bill

Total running time: 2 hours 25 minutes, two intermissions

Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, one of the Company’s most popular ballets, returns! Set to Stravinsky’s soaring score, the San Francisco Examiner called Firebird “robust, imaginative, vastly entertaining… with an impact that had the audience cheering raucously in the aisles.” The program also includes Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts ©, which recently wowed London fans and critics. The London Independent said, “Ghosts is original and astonishingly atmospheric… utterly gripping.” The program concludes with the spellbinding classic, The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, Act II. A ballet of extraordinary poetic beauty, this large-scale work with a cast of over 30 dancers was originally set on SF Ballet by the legendary ballerina Natalia Makarova.

View the available Program 3 principal casting on our blog.

Performance Dates
Thursday, February 20, 8pm
Saturday, February 22, 2pm
Saturday, February 22, 8pm
Tuesday, February 25, 8pm
Wednesday, February 26, 7:30pm
Friday, February 28, 8pm
Sunday, March 2, 2pm


Do you know what an arabesque is, or why Firebird is one of the most iconic ballets in history? Take a peek at our “Instant Expert” video, and you’ll get a quick, fun lesson on Program 3.



The 2010 world premiere of Ghosts © was made possible by the generosity of Lead Sponsor Yurie and Carl Pascarella; and Major Sponsors Susan and John Diekman, Mr. and Mrs. James N. Sullivan, and Judy C. Swanson.



The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, Act II
Composer: Leon Minkus
Choreographer: Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa

Ghosts ©
Composer: C.F. Kip Winger
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Composer: Igor Stravisnky
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

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