Program 5–OPENING NIGHT–Wednesday, March 21, 2012–7:30 PM
THE FIFTH SEASON Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Composer: Karl Jenkins Conductor: Martin West Frances Chung*, Davit Karapetyan Sarah Van Patten, Pierre-François Vilanoba Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
World Premiere SYMPHONIC DANCES Choreographer: Edwaard Liang Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff Conductor: Martin West Yuan Yuan Tan*, Vito Mazzeo* Sofiane Sylve*, Tiit Helimets* Maria Kochetkova*, Vitor Luiz*
GLASS PIECES Choreographer: Jerome Robbins Composer: Philip Glass Conductor: Martin West
Courtney Elizabeth, Hansuke Yamamoto Elana Altman, Anthony Spaulding Dana Genshaft, Sean Orza* Sofiane Sylve*, Pierre-François Vilanoba
In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change
Program 6–OPENING NIGHT–Friday, March 23, 2012 – 8:00PM
RAYMONDA ACT III Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev Composer: Alexander Glazunov Conductor: Martin West Countess Sybille: Elana Altman* King of Hungary: Pierre-François Vilanoba* Raymonda: Sofiane Sylve* Jean de Brienne: Tiit Helimets* Grand Pas Classique: Dores Andre*, Courtney Elizabeth*, Dana Genshaft*, Frances Chung* Charlene Cohen*, Nicole Ciapponi*, Vanessa Zahorian, Sarah Van Patten* Luke Willis*, Steven Morse*, Sebastian Vinet*, Lonnie Weeks* Isaac Hernandez*, Hansuke Yamamoto*, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira*, Quinn Wharton* 1st solo: Sarah Van Patten 2nd solo: Frances Chung 3rd solo: Vanessa Zahorian 4th solo: Charlene Cohen Pas de Quatre: Hansuke Yamamoto, Isaac Hernandez, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira, Steven Morse Pas de Trois: Nicole Ciapponi, Dores Andre, Courtney Elizabeth
RAkU Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov Composer: Shinji Eshima Conductor: Martin West Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith Pascal Molat
GUIDE TO STRANGE PLACES Choreographer: Ashley Page Composer: John Adams Conductor: Martin West Sarah Van Patten*, Anthony Spaulding* Maria Kochetkova*, Gennadi Nedvigin* Frances Chung*, Pascal Molat* Vanessa Zahorian*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*
This is it: 2012 is the year to impress your Valentine’s Day date by attending a showing of the vaunted, world-class San Francisco Ballet for less than what it cost you to see Transformers III: Dark of the Moon at the AMC.
“Join San Francisco Ballet for the return of Wayne McGregor’s stunning Chroma, an award-winning contemporary work proclaimed “ravishing on all fronts” by theSunday Times (UK), set to music compositions by Joby Talbot and arrangements by Jack White III. The evening also features Beaux, a world premiere work by acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris, and an encore presentation of Christopher Wheeldon’s breathtaking Number Nine, featuring a large ensemble of 24 dancers and set to an exhilarating score by Michael Torke.
The 2011 world premiere of Number Nine was made possible by Lead Sponsors Shelby and Frederick Gans, David and Kelsey Lamond, and Mr. and Mrs. James N. Sullivan, and by Major Sponsors Rosemary B. Baker, and Jennifer Caldwell and John H. N. Fisher, and by Sponsors Courtney Benoist and Jason M. Fish. The 2012 world premiere of Beaux is made possible by Lead Sponsors Mrs. Suzy Kellems Dominik and The Bernard Osher Foundation.”
See you there!
PROGRAM 2: OPENING NIGHT – Tuesday, February 14 – 8:00PM
Chroma Choreographer: Wayne McGregor Composer: Joby Talbot, Jack White III Conductor: Martin West
Maria Kochetkova, Jaime Garcia Castilla Frances Chung, Pascal Molat Yuan Yuan Tan, Taras Domitro Dana Genshaft, Anthony Spaulding Isaac Hernandez, Garen Scribner
World Premiere Beaux Choreographer: Mark Morris Composer: Bohuslav Martinů Conductor: Martin West Harpsichord: Bradley Moore
Jeremy Rucker*, Pascal Molat*, Benjamin Stewart* Vito Mazzeo*, Ruben Martin Cintas*, Gennadi Nedvigin* Sean Bennett*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*, Diego Cruz*
If you’ve never seen ballet before,* this is it. This week is your last chance to see the debut performances of Onegin from our world-class San Francisco Ballet in our world-class War Memorial Opera House.
The plot is super simple – it’s easy to follow along. So, as Sean Martinfield points out, you shouldn’t expect a bunch of twists and turns and “resolving climaxes.”
Onegin: Ruben Martin Cintas; Tatiana: Yuan Yuan Tan; Lensky: Jaime Garcia Castilla; Olga: Dores Andre; Gremin: Damian Smith. Conductor: Martin West. Performance begins at 8:00 pm.
* And if it turns out you don’t like what you see, then you don’t like ballet. And that’s fine, at least you tried. And how much money will you be out, like double the cost of going to see Ernest Goes to Camp II 3D at the Metreon? Something like that.
Yuan Yuan Tan and Anthony Spaulding. Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs. Photo, Erik Tomasson
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.