PROGRAM 2 – Opens Tonight At San Francisco Ballet

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

PROGRAM 2 is a mixed bill beginning with SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS. The music is by César Franck and choreography by Frederick Ashton. Conductor Martin West will lead the Ballet Orchestra with Michael McGraw at the piano. Considered one of Sir Frederick Ashton’s signature masterpieces, this demanding abstract work for six dancers pays homage to the purity of classical ballet. The performance features Maria Kochetkova, Gennadi Nedvigin, Frances Chung, Dana Genshaft, Jaime Garcia Castilla, and Isaac Hernandez. The ballet has been staged by Wendy Ellis Somes, scenic and costume designs by Sophie Fedorovitch and with lighting based on the original designs of Michael Somes. Ashton’s Symphonic Variations had its world premiere in 1946 with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. San Francisco Ballet premiered the work on April 13th, 2004.

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Next is the world premiere of RAkU. The music comes from Shinji Eshima with choreography by SF Ballet’s Choreographer in Residence, Yuri Possokhov.
Scenic design is by Alexander V. Nichols, costumes by Mark Zappone, and lighting by Christopher Dennis. The generosity of Lead Sponsors Yurie and Carl Pascarella, and Athena and Timothy Blackburn have made this world premiere possible.

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YURI POSSOKHOV, Choreographer — SHINJI ESHIMA, Composer

The program concludes with one of the most popular works in the Company’s repertoire, George Balanchine’s SYMPHONY IN C, music by Georges Bizet. The ballet has been staged by Elyse Borne. Costumes are after designer Karinska. Original lighting design by Ronald Bates. The 1947 world premiere of Symphony in C was presented by the Paris Opéra Ballet and was performed under the title Le Palais de Cristal. San Francisco Ballet premiered the work on March 17th, 1961 at the Alcazar Theater. Tonight’s performance will feature Vanessa Zahorian, Jaime Garcia Castilla
Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets, Frances Chung, Taras Domitro, Sarah Van Patten, and Hansuke Yamamoto.

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Click on the date to order tickets on-line to PROGRAM 2
Thursday, February 3rd, 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 5th, 2:00 PM
Saturday, February 5th, 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 6th, 2:00 PM
Tuesday, February 8th, 8:00 PM
Wednesday, February 9th, 7:30 PM
Friday, February 11th, 8:00 PM

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VANESSA ZAHORIAN – Balanchine’s Symphony In C

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Seán Martinfield
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