SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES 2009 REPERTORY SEASON
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE THE WORLD PREMIERE OF TOMASSON’S
ALL-NEW SWAN LAKE, AN ALL-MORRIS PROGRAM & THE SF BALLET PREMIERE OF TUDOR’S JARDIN AUX LILAS
Season Includes Two World Premieres & Two SF Ballet Premieres, Plus the Revival of Balanchine’s Evening-length Jewels
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, May 6, 2008—San Francisco Ballet announced today the repertory and performance schedule for its 76th Repertory Season. In 2008, SF Ballet, America’s oldest professional ballet company, commemorated its 75th anniversary with a year-long celebration. Festivities have included an ambitious repertory season as well as an upcoming four-city American Tour in fall 2008. The 2009 Repertory Season will begin with Nutcracker, which runs December 11 through 28, 2008 for a total of 31 performances. Following the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, January 21, 2009, the season will consist of eight programs performed in alternating repertory, from January 27 to May 9.
“I am especially pleased to present an all-new Swan Lake, the first for the Company since my last production which premiered over 20 years ago. The work will be completely restaged and feature new scenery and costumes,” said SF Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. “Also, in honor of the Company’s 15-year collaboration with Mark Morris, we will present a program of three works that he created expressly for San Francisco Ballet. I am also delighted to bring back six works from the successful New Works Festival that was held in spring 2008, as part of our 75th Anniversary Season.”
2009 Repertory Season Overview
Program 1 opens Tuesday, January 27 and features the revival of Tomasson’s Prism, a world premiere by SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, and the revival of George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. Prism, set to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, premiered at New York City Ballet in 2000 as part of the Diamond Project. The New York Times proclaimed of the piece, “Anyone who missed Prism, the superb ballet by Helgi Tomasson…now has a chance to be swept away by its ingenuity and exuberance.” Prism, with a cast of 29 dancers, was last performed by the Company during the 2005 Repertory Season. Possokhov, a former principal dancer with SF Ballet, was named Company
choreographer in residence in 2006. Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments premiered in 1946, and had its SF Ballet premiere in 1974. Set to Paul Hindemith’s Theme with Four Variations for String Orchestra and Piano, it was last performed by the Company on the 2005 Repertory Season.
Program 2 opens Thursday, January 29 with the encore performances of Stanton Welch’s Naked and Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House; and the revival of William Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated. Welch’s Naked, set to Francis Poulenc’s Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos, is for five couples. Featuring scenic design by Tom Boyd and costume design by Holly Hynes, the work was created for the Company’s 2008 New Works Festival. Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House also premiered on the New Works Festival and is based on characters from five plays by Henrik Ibsen. The work is set to Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, and features scenic and costume design by Sandra Woodall. Set to the music of Thom Willems, in the middle…was first performed by the Paris Opéra Ballet at the Palais Garnier, in 1987. Created for nine dancers, in the middle…was the second Forsythe work to enter the Company’s repertory and was first performed by SF Ballet in 1989.
Program 3 opens Saturday, February 21 with the world premiere of Tomasson’s all-new Swan Lake. Tomasson first staged Swan Lake for the Company in 1988 to great audience and critical acclaim. Tomasson’s new production will be completely restaged, with all-new scenery and costumes by acclaimed European designer Jonathan Fensom. Fensom has designed for a number of Broadway revivals such as Pygmalion, Faith Healer, and R.C. Sheriff’s Journey’s End, which earned him a 2007 Tony Award nomination for best scenic design for a play. The three-act production is set to the renowned score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Program 4 opens Thursday, March 12 and includes the encore of Tomasson’s On a Theme of Paganini, the SF Ballet premiere of Antony Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas, and the revival of Jerome Robbins’ The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody). Tomasson’s On a Theme of Paganini, premiered on Program 5 of the 2008 Repertory Season. The work, set to Sergei Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, features costume design by Martin Pakledinaz. Set to music by Ernest Chausson, Tudor’s melodramatic Jardin aux Lilas was first premiered by Ballet Rambert in London in 1936, with a cast that included Tudor. The one-act work depicts the impact of a marriage of convenience on four characters as they socialize in a lilac garden. 2008 marked the 100th anniversary of Tudor’s birth. New York City Ballet premiered Robbins’ comedic The Concert, set to the music of Frederic Chopin, in 1956. The spoof of a classical music concert, for 20 dancers, had its SF Ballet premiere in 1987.
Program 5 (All-Morris Program) opens Friday, March 13, featuring three Morris works created on SF Ballet: A Garden, Joyride, and Sandpaper Ballet. Over the past 15 years, Morris has forged a unique partnership with the Company, having created seven works for SF Ballet—more than he has created for any other company aside from his own. Morris’ A Garden, a work for 12 dancers, is set to music by Richard Strauss after François Couperin. SF Ballet first premiered the work in 2001. Joyride, created for SF Ballet’s 2008 New Works Festival, features a commissioned score by John Adams, costume design by Isaac Mizrahi, and lighting design by James F. Ingalls. Sandpaper Ballet, for 25 dancers, was premiered by the Company in 1999. Set to music by Leroy Anderson, the work also includes costume design by Mizrahi and was last performed by the Company during the 2006 Repertory Season.
Program 6 opens Friday, April 3 and includes the revival of Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and the encore presentations of Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour and Robbins’ West Side Story Suite. Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto premiered on the opening program of New York City Ballet’s Stravinsky Festival in 1972. The work, set to Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra, was last performed by the Company during the 2004 Repertory Season. Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is set to music by Ezio Bosso and Antonio Vivaldi, and was created for the 2008 New Works Festival. Wheedon, artistic director and co-founder of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company has created four works on the Company. Robbins’ West Side Story Suite had its SF Ballet premiere on the 2008 Repertory Season. Premiered in 1995 by New York City Ballet, the work features highlights from the original 1957 musical, West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Program 7 opens Saturday, April 25 and features Balanchine’s evening-length Jewels, a ballet in three parts. First performed by New York City Ballet in 1967, Jewels is comprised of three ballets: “Emeralds,” “Rubies,” and Diamonds,” set to music by Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, respectively. Each work within Jewels highlights a distinctive era and style of dance. Jewels entered the SF Ballet repertory on the 2002 Repertory Season, and the Company last performed the complete work on the 2003 Repertory Season.
Program 8 opens Tuesday, April 28 with the encore performance of Possokhov’s Fusion, the SF Ballet premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, and the encore performance of Jorma Elo’s Double Evil. Possokhov’s Fusion is set to music by Rahul Dev Burman and Graham Fitkin with scenic, video and projection design by Benjamin Pierce, and costume design by Sandra Woodall. Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons for 12 dancers was created in 2006 for New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project. The work is set to music by Leonid Desyatnikov and told in 12 sections. Elo’s Double Evil, which debuted during the 2008 New Works Festival, is set to the music of Philip Glass and Vladimir Martinov. The work features costume design by Holly Hynes, and is the first ballet Elo has created for the Company.
During the 2009 Repertory Season, the Company will perform a total of 56 standard subscription performances. Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m.; Wednesday evening performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. The SF Ballet Orchestra will accompany all programs.
2009 Repertory Season Sponsor
Continuing its lead support of San Francisco Ballet, the Koret Foundation is proud to serve as the Lead Sponsor of the 2009 Repertory Season.
“Meet the Artist” Interviews and “Pointes of View” Lecture Series
SF Ballet will continue to present the entertaining and informative “Meet the Artist” series, held in conjunction with the opening night of each program, as well as all Friday evening and Sunday matinee performances. The thirty-minute interviews with artists, management, and guests of SF Ballet begin one hour prior to performance, and all ticket holders are invited to attend free of charge. In addition, SF Ballet will present eight free “Pointes of View” lectures during the season, on select Wednesday evenings. Each lecture will focus on the program to be performed that evening and is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Ticket Services Office at 415.865.2000.
Three, five, and eight program subscription packages to SF Ballet’s 2009 Repertory Season range in price from $30 to $3,680 and are on sale to the public now. For information, please call the Ticket Services Office at 415.865.2000. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Individual tickets for SF Ballet’s 2009 Repertory Season, starting at $25, will be available for advance sale online at www.sfballet.org
beginning in November 2008 or by calling 415.865.2000, starting January 5, 2009.
San Francisco Ballet
As America’s oldest professional ballet company and one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States, SF Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933. It performed the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first production of Coppélia choreographed by an American choreographer. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam, and Harold Christensen, SF Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for more than two decades, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, SF Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award, its first, in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance,” for its 2004 London tour. In 2006, SF Ballet was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. This year, SF Ballet celebrates its 75th anniversary.