SF BALLET – Program 4 Opens Tonight, “All Tchaikovsky”

Casting announced for Opening Night performance, Friday, February 25th

Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

PROGRAM 4, opening tonight at San Francisco Ballet, is an evening of music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. With the added excitement of a world premiere, Helgi Tomasson’s Trio is set to the composer’s Souvenir de Florence; Winter Dreams to Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13; and Suite No. 3 for Orchestra for Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. Curtain is at 8:00.
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TRIO – A World Premiere

Choreography by Helgi Tomasson and conducted by Martin West, the Opening Night cast features Vanessa Zahorian, Vitor Luiz, Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets, Vito Mazzeo, Maria Kochetkova and Gennadi Nedvigin. Through his choreography and constantly changing configurations of dancers—solos and duos and trios and ensembles in fleeting sequence—Tomasson gives Trio a sense of fullness that’s not dependent on a large cast. The result is a ballet that matches Tchaikovsky’s trio of musical ideas in explosiveness, drama, and emotional intensity.*

TRIO – A rehearsal with Tiit Hellimets and Sarah Van Patten
Photo, Erik Tomasson

WINTER DREAMS – SF Ballet Premiere
The choreography is by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Martin West leads the SF Ballet Orchestra, with pianist Michael McGraw. The Opening Night cast features Sofiane Sylve (Masha), Tiit Helimets (Vershinin), Maria Kochetkova (Irina), Lorena Feijoo (Olga), Damian Smith (Kulygin), Garen Scribner (Tusenbach), Vitor Luiz (Solyony). Envision the bleakness of a Russian winter as a metaphor for despair and you’ll understand the theme of both Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet Winter Dreams and the play it’s based upon, Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Created only a year and a half before MacMillan died, the ballet tells a story that the choreographer had long wanted to bring to the stage: Chekhov’s depiction of the unfulfilled human spirit, withering away like dreams of spring as winter descends. The ballet was premiered in 1991 by The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.*

Sofiane Sylve and Artem Yachmennikov
Photo, Erik Tomasson

Choreography by George Balanchine, Martin West conducts. The Opening Night cast features Frances Chung and Taras Domitro. George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations is a classical ballet in miniature, complete with tutus, tiaras, variations, and a pas de deux. In both choreography and tone it reads as a dazzling tribute to Imperial Russia, whether presented in its traditional setting of a ballroom with pillars, drapes, and chandeliers or simply against a colorful background. For the score, Balanchine chose the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 for Orchestra, written in 1884, which consists of an opening theme followed by 12 variations.*

Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan
Photo, Chris Hardy

Following the Opening Night performance, Program 4 will be repeated on Sunday, 2/27 at 2:00; Wednesday, 3/2 at 7:30; Thursday, 3/3 at 8:00; and two performances on Saturday, 3/5 at 2:00 and 8:00 PM.
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* Additional program notes, Cheryl A. Ossola.

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