SYMPHONY AND POST:BALLET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- Beginning on March 4 on SFSYMPHONY+ the public will be able to watch a program in which San Francisco Symphony partners with Post:ballet to present PLAYING CHANGES, a unique show which will be available online free of charge.
During the program , violinist Helen Kim will bring to live seven interdisciplinary works for solo violin and dance featuring the music by Samuel Adams, Philip Glass, Daniel Bernard Roumain and L. J. White. The program will also present the world's premieres of works by Ambrose Akinmusire, Mary Kouyoumdjian and Elizabeth Ogonek.
The intimate performance of seven works for solo violin and dance will be performed by SF Symphony Associate Principal Second Violin Helen Kim which will perform each piece alongside the choreography created and performed by Post-ballet's Artistic Director Robert Dekkers and the Post:ballet's dance artists.
Filmed at West Oakland's historic 16th Street Station, by cinematographer and Editor Ben Tarquin, PLAYING CHANGES features seven pieces for solo violin, three of which were commissioned for this project. Featured works include: Samuel Adams' Playing Changes from Violin diptyych. Philip Glass' Knee Play 2, from Einstein on the Beach. The world's premiere of Mary Kouyoumdjian's Water and Dust, and the world premiere of Ambrose Akinmusire Kodo Featured Post:ballet. The dancers include: Charmaine Butcher, Cora Cliburn, Robert Dekkers, Landes Dixon, Emily Hansel, Caitlin Hicks, Babatunji Johynson, Jenna Marie and Christian Squires.
Now named "25 to Watch" by DANCE magazine, Post:ballet was founded in 2010 by now Artistic Director Robert Dekkers with the vision to create interdisciplinary works that pushed artistic boundaries and challenged social norms. Dekkers and Resident Choreographer Vanessa Thiessen's collaborative approach to dance, integrating the company's classically trained dancers, with composers, animators, architects, cinematographers, designers and sculptures creating works or art which are "Decidedly daring and always beautifully performed" as SF Arts Monthly described them.
Since it was founded, Post:ballet has been presented at different dance Festivals among them: Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out Festival, SF International Arts Festival, Seattle's Against the Grain Festival, SF Frameline Film Festival and SF Dance Film Festival. In 2019, Post:ballet became the official Company of Berkeley Ballet Theatre where Dekkers also serves as Artistic Director.Playing-Changes will be available for free streaming beginning March 4, 2021 on sfsymphonyplus.org/playing-changes