Blanc / Schreier / Possokhov Premieres
GATEWAY TO THE SUN
Nicolas Blanc, former SF Ballet Principal Dancer and current choreographer at The Joffrey Ballet, returns to SF Ballet for Gateway to the Sun, his new ballet set to Anna Clyne's DANCE for cello and orchestra from 2019. "Dance is a liberation, dance is a sense of soothing, of solace for a human being," said Blanc, who models the five movements after the five lines of the 13th century poet Rumi that Clyne excerpted for her score:
Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.
Claudia Schreier is creating on SF Ballet for the first time with Kin, set to a commissioned score by Tanner Porter. "Working with Tanner has blown open wide for me the possibility of what it means to work in collaboration with an artists," said Schreier. An abstract ballet, Kin features two female dancers among a cast of sixteen who are enveloped in a shifting power dynamic, pressured by the limiting nature of time.
Yuri Possokhov, who became SF Ballet's Choreographer in Residence after retiring from dancing for SF Ballet in 2006, recalls Balanchine's Violin Concerto as one of his favorite ballets by the choreographer which he danced many times. Possokhov approaches Stravinsky's score with fresh eyes, however. "I needed to do this now," Possokhov said. "My memory of Balanchine comes back, of course, but this impulse gives me the chance to express myself." Violin Concerto showcases Possokhov's musicality and is set on seven couples and one lead ballerina.
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festival features new works by Nicolas Blanc, Bridget Breiner, Val Caniparoli, Robert Garland, Yuka Oishi, Yuri Possokhov, Jamar Roberts, Danielle Rowe, and Claudia Schreier.