SF BALLET — Opening Night Cast Announced for Program 3, February 24th

By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

PROGRAM 3 at San Francisco Ballet opens this Thursday, February 24th at 8:00 PM. The evening is a mixed bill consisting of Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony; Helgi Tomasson’s Nanna’s Lied; and William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite. Emil de Cou will conduct the SF Ballet Orchestra.
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HANSUKE YAMAMOTO, Classical Symphony. Photo, Erik Tomasson

CLASSICAL SYMPHONY – taken from Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 The Opening Night cast features Vanessa Zahorian, Gennadi Nedviguin, Frances Chung, Isaac Hernandez, Dores Andre, and Jaime Garcia Castilla.
For Classical Symphony, Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov tapped into reservoirs of emotion and memories of his boyhood at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Though he described it as “just dance” during rehearsals, this ballet bears a dedication to Peter Pestov, the most beloved and respected of Possokhov’s ballet teachers. Classical Symphony, the choreographer says, is a “dedication to my school, to my teacher, my background.” Created for the 2010 Repertory Season, it was Possokhov’s 11th piece in a lineup of 12 commissions for SF Ballet.*

NANNA’S LIED – with songs by Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender. The Opening Night cast features Sarah Van Patten (Nanna), Anthony Spaulding (Johnny), Val Caniporoli (Jacob Schmidt). Nanna’s Lied is a song of love in varied forms: idealized, self-destructive, passionate, unrequited. For this ballet, which premiered in 1993, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson chose to depict the unrest and upheaval of 1930s Europe through the life of one young woman. In nine scenes—nine songs—the central character, Nanna, evolves from girl to woman, her passage marked by her betrayal and loss of innocence. *


ARTIFACT SUITE — Music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Eva Crossman-Hecht, featuring pianist Margot Kazimirska. The Opening Night cast features Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith, Lorena Feijoo, Pascal Molat, and Elana Altman. Originally titled Suite from Artifact, the Scottish Ballet premiered the work in 2004. SF Ballet marked its U.S. Premiere in 2006.

Photo, Erik Tomasson

William Forsythe’s ARTIFACT SUITE, a shorter version of his 1984 evening-length Artifact, preserves all of the original ballet’s power and striking innovation. Created for the Scottish Ballet in 2004, Artifact Suite made its U.S. premiere at San Francisco Ballet during the 2006 Repertory Season, startling audiences with its unconventional staging and daring exploration of the boundaries of the classical ballet lexicon.*

Six presentations follow the Opening Night performance:
Saturday, 2/26 at 2:00 and 8:00; Tuesday, 3/1 at 8:00; Friday, 3/4 at 8:00; Sunday, 3/6 at 2:00; and Wednesday, 3/9 at 7:30 pm.
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* Additional program notes, Cheryl A. Ossola

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Seán Martinfield
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