April 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the devastating 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. There are a number of works and events commerating this day, including a couple of ballets. Here is one I found of a very innovative one-time performance by San Francisco Ballet:
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES ONE-TIME ONLY PERFORMANCE COMMEMORATING THE 1906 EARTHQUAKE
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, March 15, 2006–San Francisco Ballet announced today a special, one-night only performance of Ballet Mori, a new work commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, on April 4. The eight-minute solo will be performed by Principal Dancer Muriel Maffre, who will dance to live seismic data as it is transformed into accompanying music. Ballet Mori will be presented along with the Program 6 programming, which includes Stanton Welch’s Falling, George Balanchine’s “Rubies,” and the U.S. premiere of William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite.
Using network technology and live sound from a seismograph, the movement of the earth will be measured by a UC Berkeley Streckeisen STS-1 seismometer at the Hayward Fault, and transmitted in real-time via the Internet to the War Memorial Opera House. There, the seismic data will be transformed into an improvisational music composition and lighting effects that correspond directly to the earth’s movement. Maffre will respond to the music using a dance vocabulary created by Principal Dancer Yuri Possokhov.
Ballet Mori was conceived by artist and UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg. The creative team includes Randall Packer (composer), former SF Ballet Principal Dancer Benjamin Pierce (costume design), and Kevin Connaughton (lighting design). The project is being produced in cooperation with UC Berkeley Automation Lab, Zakros Interarts, and UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. Ballet Mori is sponsored by Words on Dance.
Perhaps DavidH can post some info here as well about Diablo Ballet's "Earthquake!" at Yerba Buena Center.
For a full calendar of events and information for events relating to the anniversary, visit http://1906centennial.org/