SF BALLET ANNOUNCES FIRST SEASON
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- San Francisco Ballet, announced to the press its 2024 Repertory Season, its first under the Direction of Tamara Rojo (pictured above). Rojo is a Spanish ballet dancer, former lead and principal dancer in the United Kingdom. While at the English National Ballet from 2012-2022, she was a lead principal dancer and Artistic Director. In San Francisco, Rojo will be the first woman to lead the San Francisco Ballet, and its first new Artistic Director in nearly four decades.
"The warm welcome I've received from the San Francisco community has been truly inspiring," Rojo said, before describing her plans. For her first season as Artistic Director, she will be inviting a cross-cultural group of exceptional artists to bring their creativity and visions to her new home city, engaging with technology in new and intriguing ways, to be able to offer exciting interpretations of two Latina heroines, and create new contemporary scores. Her first season will showcase the broad talents of SF Ballet, our world renowned company, expanding what the War Memorial Opera House, its audience, and the SF ballet itself can look like.
Rojo's first Season will center in cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaborations. It will celebrate the artists and histories of San Francisco, but also spotlight its women's voices, on stage and off, and further SF Ballet's long-standing mission to balance innovation in choreography with a deeply held dedication to the classics.
The Season programs will include: a cutting-edge commission led by the composer Floating Points, and World premiere commissions from female choreographers Azzure Barton and Arielle Smith, who, along with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa will re-imagine the myths of Pandora, Carmen, and Frida Kahlo. The Season will also include two classic British ballets rarely seen by the American Audience. It will start with:
2024 OPENING NIGHT GALA
Floating Points and Azzure Barton's Mere Mortals (WORLD's PREMIERE)
The team will be spearheaded by composer Floating Points (A.K.A. Sam Shepherd). a U.K. based composer, producer, and DJ known equally for his headlining appearances on the electronic music festival circuit and for his contributions to contemporary classical and jazz, and Azzure Barton, the Canadian-born, internationally celebrated choreographer renowned for her innovative and interdisciplinary approach to dance.
MacMilland Song of the Earth weaves a story of love, loss and bittersweet death through poetic and melancholy choreography, along with two live singers accompanying the Mahler song cycle Das Lied von der Erde. in which MacMilland, the leading choreographer of his time, incorporates influence from Japanese Noh and Kabuki Theater dances, to express, in movement, the beautiful profound reflection on loneliness and mortality.
As a ballet, Sir Fredrick Ashton's deeply passionate and lushly designed Marguerite and Armand (pictured above) demands top dancers for highly coveted principal roles and superb performances. The ballet, was originally created by Ashton, for ballet superstars Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fountein, during the "Summer of Love" in 1967.
The quintessential classical ballet, Swam Lake (picture above) performed to Tchaikovsky's Iconic and sweeping score. made its US premiere at SF Ballet in l940, where it has remained as integral part of the company's history. The San Francisco version, was Created by its former Artistic Director Heigl Thomasson, and it is an striking version. It includes an sleek set and the costume designs of Tony Award winner Jonathan Fenson.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
George Blanchine's first original full-length ballet was quickly hailed as a Masterpiece. The whimsical story, based on the Shakespearean classic will make its triumphant return with opulent costumes and stage design by French haute coutre designer Christian LaCroix.
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The program will begin with a world premiere commission and reinterpretation of Carmen by rising star Arielle Smith, a Havana, Cuba-born, London-based choreographer who was recently awarded and Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and named "One to Watch" by The Guardian in 2022. Carmen, will present the iconic heroine, with a cinematic approach in its choreography, brilliant colors in its costumes, and the exotic sounds of Cuba.
Carmen will be complimented by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings,a vibrant colorful exploration of the life of surrealist art of Frida Kahlo, who lived in San Francisco in the early period of her career. The ballet will feature and original score interwoven with mariachi and Mexican folk music and a chorus of skeletons. Broken Wings offers a unique opportunity to enter the realms of Kahlo's paintings through the lens of her wildly creative spirit.
Subscription and Single tickets. will be available to the public later this Summer. For information visit: https://www.sfballet.org/ or call the Ticket Services Monday through Fricas 10Am to 4 pm at 415 865-2000. SF Ballet will present Dos Mujeres, an exploration of Latina womanhood that marks the company's first double bill of female chorographers and its first program dedicated to Latino American women stories.