A company press release:
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES REPERTORY FOR NEW YORK ENGAGEMENT AT CITY CENTER OCTOBER 8-13, 2002
World-class Company to Perform Seven New York Premieres at City Center And Natalia Makarova?s Staging of the Classic Paquita
San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson announced today the repertory for the Company's tour to New York's City Center, October 8 through 13, 2002. Over three mixed-repertory programs, the Company will perform seven New York premieres, including works by Helgi Tomasson, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, and Julia Adam. In addition, Program III will offer Natalia Makarova?s critically-acclaimed one-act staging of Paquita.
Program I will be performed Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The program includes the New York premieres of Christopher Wheeldon's abstract ballet Continuum; Yuri Possokhov's Damned, a dramatic retelling of Euripides' Medea; and Mark Morris' lively Sandpaper Ballet. Continuum , which San Francisco Ballet premiered in spring of 2002, is an abstract neo-classical ballet for four couples set to the music of Györgi Ligeti. Continuum is a companion piece to Polyphonia, also to Ligeti?s music, which Wheeldon choreographed for New York City Ballet. (He recently choreographed a third ballet to Ligeti called Morphoses, also for New York City Ballet.) An intensely dramatic and highly theatrical work, Damned, choreographed by San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Yuri Possokhov, was hailed as "the dance event of the season" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Possokhov set the piece, which premiered in 2002, to Ravel?s Pavane pour une infante défunte and Concerto in D Major for the left hand. Mark Morris' Sandpaper Ballet , an ensemble piece for 25 dancers clad in Isaac Mizrahi's whimsical costumes, is set to the familiar music of Leroy Anderson, and was first choreographed for San Francisco Ballet in 1999.
Program II, which will be performed Wednesday, October 9 and Friday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m., includes the New York premieres of Mark Morris' A Garden and Helgi Tomasson?s Chi-Lin and Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, plus the return of William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. The Company premiered A Garden , set to music by Richard Strauss after François Couperin, during San Francisco Ballet?s 2001 Repertory Season, and performed the work on tour in London and Santander, Spain, and again for the Company's 2002 season. Originally choreographed by William Forsythe for his Frankfurt Ballet in 1996, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is set to Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C Major. The last time Company members performed the 11-minute small ensemble piece in New York was September of 2000. Tomasson?s Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers is a pas de deux dedicated to the memory of his mentor Jerome Robbins. Choreographed for the Company's 1999 Opening Night Gala, the piece is an alternately playful and competitive duet set to music by George Frideric Handel. Tomasson?s Chi-Lin , set to a score by renowned composer and MacArthur Award winner Bright Sheng, explores the interactions of four Chinese mythological animals representing good fortune: the phoenix, dragon, tortoise, and chi-lin, or unicorn.
Program III, which will be performed Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m., includes the one-act version of Paquita staged by Natalia Makarova, with sets and costumes by Jose Varona. Also on the program is the New York premiere of Julia Adam's Night, a ballet that explores a woman's dreams and nightmares to a commissioned score by Matthew Pierce. The program concludes with George Balanchine's bold and exuberant Rubies from his evening-length ballet Jewels, set to music of Igor Stravinsky.
Program and casting are subject to change.
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