Program 6

The Rite of Spring

APRIL 4-APRIL 15, 2014

Program 6: Triple-Bill

Total running time: 2 hours 21 minutes, two intermissions

SF Ballet is pleased to present the world premiere of Caprice by SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, and set to the immensely joyful Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns. The program continues with the 20th anniversary presentation of Maelstrom, the first work created for SF Ballet by Mark Morris. Upon its premiere, the San Francisco Bay Guardian called Maelstrom “a jewel that goes right to the core of classical European dance.” The program concludes with Yuri Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring, a gripping interpretation of Stravinsky’s masterwork. The San Francisco Examiner says The Rite of Spring [boasts] magnificent work from the corps—both in the wild, joyful celebrations of the spring, and later, as it [turns] into a frightening mob…” Read the full review.

Performance Dates
Friday, April 4, 8pm
Sunday, April 6, 2pm
Wednesday, April 9, 7:30pm
Thursday, April 10, 8pm
Saturday, April 12, 2pm
Saturday, April 12, 8pm
Tuesday, April 15, 8pm

View the available Program 6 principal casting on our blog.


In our latest installment of Instant Expert, get a quick lesson on the work of Mark Morris, and learn about the ballet that caused a riot in Paris!



The 1994 world premiere of Maelstrom was made possible in part by a grant from the National Dance Repertory Enrichment Program (REP), a partnership of Philip Morris Companies, Inc. and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.  REP was conceived and administered by Pentacle.  Additional funding for this production was provided by The Sharper Image.

The 2013 world premiere of The Rite of Spring was made possible by Lead Sponsors Yurie and Carl Pascarella, and Athena and Timothy Blackburn, with additional support from the TeRoller Fund for New Productions of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation.


Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Choreographer: Mark Morris

The Rite of Spring
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

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