As part of Program 3, San Francisco Ballet presents the world premiere of Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov’s interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps). This highly anticipated work joins SF Ballet’s repertory as part of a worldwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the premiere of The Rite of Spring, a legendary opening night performance so groundbreaking and shocking that it evoked a riot. With its percussive rhythms and dissonant harmonies, Stravinsky’s masterpiece is one of the most revolutionary musical works of the 20th century. The infamous Paris premiere of The Rite of Spring ballet—with Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography depicting an ancient pagan ritual—was a watershed moment in cultural history. The performance, and ensuing audience revolt, marked the end of the romantic period and heralded the beginning of modernism, a transition that was ultimately celebrated. A year after that notorious opening, Stravinsky was carried victoriously through the streets of Paris after a performance of The Rite of Spring. Program 3 opens with Mark Morris’ Beaux, featuring nine men in colorful costumes by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and continues with Ashley Page’s Guide to Strange Places, which also made its world premiere in San Francisco in 2012.
PROGRAM 3 — February 26th through March 10th.
Seven performances of three ballets by choreographers Ashley Page, Mark Morris, and Yuri Possokhov: 2/26, 8 pm; 2/27, 7:30 pm; 2/28, 8 pm; 3/2, 2 pm and 8 pm; 3/8, 8 pm.
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Casting for Opening Night, 2/26:
Guide to Strange Places – Choreographed by Ashley Page, music by John Adams, and conducted by Martin West. Featuring Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit, Maria Kochetkova, Gennadi Nedvigin, Frances Chung, Pascal Molat, Vanessa Zahorian, and Jaime Garcia Castilla.
Beaux – Choreographed: Mark Morris, music by Bohuslav Martinů, and conducted by Martin West. Featuring Jeremy Rucker, Pascal Molat, Benjamin Stewart, Vito Mazzeo, Ruben Martin Cintas, Gennadi Nedvigin, Sean Bennett, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Diego Cruz, and harpsichordist Bradley Moore.
The Rite of Spring – A World Premiere. Choreographed by Yuri Possokhov, music by Igor Stravinsky, and conducted by Martin West. Featuring Jennifer Stahl , Luke Ingham, James Sofranko, Garen Scribner, Shane Wuerthner, Myles Thatcher, Hansuke Yamamoto, Dana Genshaft, Clara Blanco, and Sasha De Sola.
Program 4, opening on Friday, March 4th, begins with the world premiere of From Foreign Lands, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, artist-in-residence at American Ballet Theatre and former director of the Bolshoi Ballet. His second work for San Francisco Ballet (his first was Carnival of the Animals in 2003) Ratmansky is one of the ballet world’s most sought-after choreographers. The evening continues with Christopher Wheeldon’s stunning Within the Golden Hour, first performed during the 2008 New Works Festival. The program concludes with George Balanchine’s jubilant masterpiece, Scotch Symphony.
PROGRAM 4 – March 1st through Saturday, March 9th. Seven performances of three ballets by choreographers Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, and George Balanchine: 3/1, 8 pm; 3/3, 2 pm; 3/3, 8 pm; 3/6, 7:30 pm; 3/7, 8 pm; 3/9, 2 pm and 8 pm.
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Casting for Opening Night, 3/1:
From Foreign Lands – Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, music by Moritz Moszkowski, and conducted by Martin West. In five sections, featuring:
Russian – Vanessa Zahorian, Davit Karapetyan, Maria Kochetkova, and Gennadi Nedvigin.
Italian – Pascal Molat, Sarah Van Patten, Dana Genshaft, and Dores Andre.
German – Sofiane Sylve, Vito Mazzeo, Luke Ingha*, and Garen Scribner.
Spanish – Maria Kochetkova, Pascal Molat, Sarah Van Patten, and Gennadi Nedvigin.
Polish – Sofiane Sylve, Vanessa Zahorian, Dores Andre, Dana Genshaft, Davit Karapetyan, Vito Mazzeo, Luke Ingham, and Garen Scribner.
Within the Golden Hour – Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. music by Ezio Bosso, and conducted by Martin West. Featuring Vanessa Zahorian, Damian Smith, Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada, Sarah Van Patten, and Luke Ingham.
Scotch Symphony – Choreographed by George Balanchine, music by Felix Mendelssohn, and conducted by Martin West. Featuring Yuan Yuan Tan, Davit Karapetyan, and Courtney Elizabeth.