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Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms! Don’t Miss Our San Francisco Ballet’s Programs 3 and 4, Running Through March 9th

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Programs 3 and 4 are running right now at our San Francisco Ballet. See them before they leave by March 9, 2011, why not?

First up is Program 3, with dances by Possokhov, Tomasson, Forsythe.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Allan Ulrich just loved the show. Check it. And see what San Francisco Sentinel Editor and Publisher Seán Martinfield thinks right here.

Program 3:

Classical Symphony

Composer Sergei Prokofiev

Choreographer Yuri Possokhov

Yuri Possokhov’s joyous work, inspired by ballet history and his own classical training in the Russian tradition, returns for an encore season.

Nanna’s Lied

Composers Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender

Choreographer Helgi Tomasson

Underscored by the emotional songs of Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender sung live, Nanna’s Lied portrays the dramatic tale of a young woman’s loss of innocence and shattered dreams of love.

By Erik Tomasson

Artifact Suite

Composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Eva Crossman-Hecht

Choreographer William Forsythe

A powerhouse of contemporary movement, this two-part work for 27 dancers is visually arresting and stunning in its complex ballet technique.

Here are your dates:

Tue, Mar 1, 2011, 8:00 PM

Fri, Mar 4, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Mar 6, 2011, 2:00 PM

Wed, Mar 9, 2011, 7:30 PM

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Next up is Program 4, with dances by Tomasson and Balanchine.

All right, the alcohol is the lobby and downstairs – a very old school kind of set-up with an incredible bar down there. The tobacco is on stage, as lovely Maria Kochetkova (100,000 Twitter followers can’t be wrong) will tell you:

I never smoked in my life, but I’m getting to smoke for the first time on stage tonight.”

And lastly, on stage are your firearms, of sorts. See?

Theme and Variations

Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer George Balanchine

One of George Balanchine’s most regal and elegant ballets in the Russian tradition, Theme and Variations remains a timeless masterpiece in the twentieth century’s neoclassical ballet repertoire.

Winter Dreams

NEW SF Ballet Premiere

Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan

New to SF Ballet this season, Winter Dreams is a densely layered emotional work inspired by Anton Chekhov’s literary masterpiece Three Sisters.

Trio

NEW World Premiere

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

And here are your dates:

Wed, Mar 2, 2011, 7:30 PM

Thu, Mar 3, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Mar 5, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Mar 5, 2011, 8:00 PM

Tue, Mar 8, 2011, 8:00 PM

All right, see you there!

 

Spectacular Little Mermaid Ends, New Shows at San Francisco Ballet Start April 8th

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Check out the San Francisco Ballet‘s Facebook Wall to see how much people liked Program 5, the Little Mermaid, the past week.

Programs 6 and 7 are coming up soon – get the deets on them below. They’re what you can see on a Friday or Saturday night for just a little bit more than the price of a movie theatre ticket.

O.K. then. Program 5 certainly was a spectacle. Check the reviews, below.

Yuan Yuan Tan as the Little Mermaid, by Erik Tomasson:

Allan Ulrich: Dance review: ‘Little Mermaid’ casts spell

Chloe Veltman: Taking a Children’s Tale to Dark New Depths

Janos Gereben: Dancing away Andersen’s ‘Mermaid’

Ann Murphy: Stunning ‘Mermaid’ flounders at times in S.F.

Rachel Howard: San Francisco Ballet Star Shines Under the Sea

Sean Martinfield: THE LITTLE MERMAID – “This Girl’s Got Everything!”

Becca Hirschman: SF Ballet’s The Little Mermaid Reviewed: It’s a Bewitching Tale

Barbara Koh: Review – The Little Mermaid

Katie Gaydos: San Francisco Ballet’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Dives into Dark Waters

And here’s what’s coming up:

Program 6

“Haffner” Symphony
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Translating Mozart’s elegance and warmth into visible patterns, Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner” Symphony is a gracious celebration of effervescence and refinement.

Read the program notes.

Underskin – New!
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella

Set to a complex, passionate composition by Arnold Shoenberg, Renato Zanella’s world premiere, Underskin, is an emotional voyage through mysterious and deep emotions.
 
Read the program notes.

Russian Seasons
Composer: Leonid Desyatnikov
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky

Following its SF Ballet premiere last season, Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons is a work of both reflection and evolution as classical poses unravel into contemporary gestures.

Read
the program notes.
 
Thu Apr 8, 8pm* | Sat Apr 10, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 13, 8pm | Fri Apr 16, 8pm* | Sun, Apr 18, 2pm* | Wed Apr 21, 7:30pm
 
Total running time: 2:16
 
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Thu, Apr 8, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 13, 2010, 8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 16, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 18, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 7:30 PM

 

Program 7

Rush©
Composer: Bohuslav Martinu
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Set to a forceful and energetic score by Bohuslav Martinu, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush sweeps, swirls, and flows with sophisticated movement.

Read the program notes.

Classical Symphony – New!
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

 
For his ninth work for SF Ballet, Yuri Possokhov turns to his roots with Classical Symphony, a neoclassical flow of patterns, dancers, and space.

Read
the program notes.

The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody)
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins

Returning this year, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert is a truly fun-filled parody and stroke of choreographic genius.

Read
the program notes.
 
Fri Apr 9, 8pm* | Sun Apr 11, 2pm* | Wed Apr 14, 7:30pm• | Thu Apr 15, 8pm | Sat Apr 17, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 20, 8pm
 
Total time: 1:56
 
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Fri, Apr 9, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 11, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 14, 2010, 7:30 PM

Thu, Apr 15, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 8:00 PM

The Reviews are In for the San Francisco Ballet’s Program 4 – See It This Weekend

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Hey, there are still a few tickets left for something-for-everybody Program 4 at your San Francisco Ballet over the next three days.

See what Allan Ulrich, Chronicle Dance Correspondent, thinks here and what Janos Gereben, a contributor to the Examiner, thinks here, and what Paul Parish, a writer for the Bay Area Reporter, thinks here.

And check out the casting and some photos from Seán Martinfield, Sentinel Editor and Publisher, here.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Anthony Spaulding. Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs. Photo, Erik Tomasson

Program 4

Petrouchka
SF Ballet Premiere –  New!
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Choreographer: Michel Fokine

Making its SF Ballet premiere this season, Michel Fokine’sPetrouchka, which was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in 1911, is a classical tale of a Russian puppet come to life that fuses music, ballet, and history in perfect balance.
 
Read the program notes.

Diving into the Lilacs
Composer: Boris Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Returning after its world premiere in 2009, Yuri Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs transforms poignant memories of youth into emotional expressions of dance.
 
Read the program notes.
Watch a short video with segments from Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs.

in the middle, somewhat elevated
Composer: Thom Willems
Choreographer: William Forsythe

Making an encore performance this season, William Forsythe’s dynamic in the middle, somewhat elevated investigates the ballet vocabulary, redefining its boundaries along the way.
 
Read the program notes.
Watch a short video with segments from Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated.
 
Watch a short interview with William Forsythe on in the the middle, somewhat elevated.

 

Tue Mar 2, 8pm* | Wed Mar 3, 7:30pm• | Thu Mar 4, 8pm | Fri Mar 5, 8pm* | Sat Mar 6, 2pm & 8pm | Sun Mar 7, 2pm*
 
Total running time: 2:14
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Fri, Mar 5, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Mar 7, 2010, 2:00 PM