PROGRAM 2 – SF BALLET, Opens Tuesday, February 9th

Casting Announced for Opening Night and Wednesday, February 10th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

PROGRAM 2 of the San Francisco Ballet season opens Tuesday evening, February 9th. It includes Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer; the World Premier of Ghosts choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon; and Paul Taylor’s Company B. The music for the various ballets is drawn from a wide spectrum of styles. Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, in D major is used for The Dreamer. Martin West conducts the SF Ballet Orchestra, featuring violin soloist Franklyn D’Antonio. Music for Ghosts has been composed by C.F. Kip Winger, a former member of Alice Cooper’s band. As a bassist, Kip Winger formed his own group in 1986. In addition to vocalist/bassist Winger, the group featured guitarist Reb Beach, bassist Paul Taylor, and drummer Rod Morgenstein, formerly of the Dixie Dregs. Taking their name from their leader, Winger specialized in the stylish pop-metal that sent Bon Jovi and Poison to the top of the charts. For a total change of pace, Company B will feature recordings by the Andrews Sisters.

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C.F. Kip Winger, Composer and Christopher Wheeldon, Choreographer

Following opening night, Program 2 will be given six more performances. Click on the dates below to order your tickets on-line:
Wednesday, February 10th, 7:30 PM
Friday, February 12th, 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 14th, 2:00 PM
Thursday, February 18th, 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 20th, 2:00 PM
Saturday, February 20th, 8:00 PM

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Maria Kochetkova and Taras Domitro. Photos, David Allen

OPUS 19/THE DREAMER
Set to the ethereal music of Sergei Prokofiev, Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer is classical in its form and romantic in its passion.
Staged by: Lindsay Fischer

Costume Design: Ben Benson

Lighting Designed by: Jennifer Tipton after Ronald Bates, re-created by Les Dickert
World Premiere: June 14, 1979—New York City Ballet New York State Theater; New York, New York
San Francisco Ballet Premiere: January 28, 1986
Conductor: Martin West
Violin: Franklyn D’Antonio
CASTING:
Tuesday, 2/09: Maria Kochetkova and Taras Domitro
Wednesday, 2/10: Sarah Van Patten, Pascal Molat

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Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith. Photos, David Allen

GHOSTS – A World Premiere
Lovely, serene passages face forceful, chilling interludes in this world premiere by Christopher Wheeldon that features music by two-time platinum recording artist, Kip Winger.
Composer: C.F. Kip Winger

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Scenic Design: Laura Jellinek

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design: M. L. Geiger
Conductor: Martin West
CASTING:
Tuesday, 2/09: Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith, Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets, Brett Bauer
Wednesday, 2/10: Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz, Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets, Brett Bauer

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Tiit Helimets and Sofiane Sylve. Photos, David Allen

COMPANY B
Set to the big-band era songs of The Andrew Sisters, Company B illuminates dominant social issues and the uplifting and sorrowful emotions that surround them. “I think it has layers and layers, and you can interpret them any way you want,” says Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. “It’s what I love about Taylor’s work—there’s always something deeper, and sometimes you have to search for it.”

Music: Songs sung by The Andrews Sisters
Choreographer: Paul Taylor
Staged by: Patrick Corbin
Costume Design: Santo Loquasto
Lighting Designed by: Jennifer Tipton
World Premiere: June 21, 1991—Houston Ballet Eisenhower Theater, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Washington, D.C.
San Francisco Ballet Premiere: February 3, 1993

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Paul Taylor and Gennadi Nedvigin (Photo, David Allen)

CASTING:
Tuesday, 2/09:
Pennsylvania Polka: Margaret Karl, Matthew Stewart
Tico, Tico: Pascal Molat
Oh Johnny, Oh Jonny, Oh!: Brett Bauer
I Can Dream, Can’t I?: Sarah Van Patten
Joseph! Joseph!: Daniel Deivison-Oliveira
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B): Gennadi Nedvigin
Rum and Coca-Cola: Lorena Feijoo
There Will Never Be Another You: Katita Waldo, Quinn Wharton

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Sarah Van Patten and Lorena Feijóo. Photos, David Allen

Wednesday, 2/10:
Pennsylvania Polka: Margaret Karl, Matthew Stewart
Tico, Tico: Garen Scribner
Oh Johnny, Oh Jonny, Oh!: Brett Bauer
I Can Dream, Can’t I?: Elana Altman
Joseph! Joseph!: Daniel Deivison-Oliveira
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B): James Sofranko
Rum and Coca-Cola: Lorena Feijoo
There Will Never Be Another You: Katita Waldo, Quinn Wharton

ABOUT CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
Considered one of the top ballet choreographers in the world today, Christopher Wheeldon was born in Yeovil, Somerset, England. Trained at the Royal Ballet’s
prestigious school, he joined the company in 1991, the same year in which he won the Prix de Lausanne. In 1993, Wheeldon was invited to join New York City Ballet where he quickly rose to the rank of soloist. A talented choreographer from a young age, Wheeldon created his first major work, Slavonic Dances, for New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project in 1997 and two years later followed it up with Scenes de Ballet for the company’s 50th Anniversary season. After creating Mercurial Manoeuvers for the 2000 Diamond Project, Wheeldon announced his retirement from dancing in order to concentrate on choreographing and he became the New York City Ballet’s first Artist-in-Residence. In the 2000-2001 season he made two ballets for the company, Polyphonia and Variations Seriueses, and at the conclusion of that season, he became the company’s first Resident Choreographer. Over the next five years, he would create many works for NYCB, including Carousel: A Dance, After the Rain, Morphoses, Carnival of the Animals, Liturgy, Shambards, An American in Paris and Evenfall.

For San Francisco Ballet, he has created Continuum, and he has also choreographed Tryst for the Royal Ballet and a full-length Swan Lake for Pennsylvania Ballet. Wheeldon’s work can be seen in the 2000 film Center Stage, directed by Nicholas Hytner, with whom he collaborated on the Broadway musical Sweet Smell of Success in 2002. In Fall of 2007, Wheeldon founded his own company, Morphoses, based in New York City.

ABOUT PAUL TAYLOR

POINTES OF VIEW: GHOSTS
6:00 – 7:00 PM, February 10th. In the Green Room, 2nd Floor of the Veterans Building.
The focus of this lecture is on Ghosts, the sixth work created for SF Ballet by Christopher Wheeldon, one of the most prolific and interesting choreographers working today. Ballet Master Anita Paciotti and Ghosts Costume Designer Mark Zappone join Mary Wood to give a behind the scenes look at the creation of the latest Wheeldon world premiere.

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San Francisco Ballet in Taylor’s Company B (2005). Photo, Chris Hardy

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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