Caniparoli / Breiner / Oishi Premieres
Val Caniparoli joined SF Ballet in 1973 and will celebrate his 50th anniversary with the Company in 2023. His [email protected]
ballet, Emergence is set to Dobrinka Tabakova's Concerto for Cello and Strings, and includes costume designs by Susan Roemer and lighting designs by Jim French. In addition to dancing as Principal Character Dancer since 1985, he has created more than 20 works for SF Ballet, including Ibsen's House, which premiered during the 75th anniversary New Works Festival in 2008.
THE QUEEN'S DAUGHTER
Bridget Breiner creates her first work for SF Ballet with The Queen's Daughter, an adaptation of the biblical story of Salome. Breiner's Salome will depart from Oscar Wilde's femme fatale character, opting instead to explore the relationship between a very young girl and her mother: "In certain interpretations, Salome is a young girl who is pushed around and manipulated by her family," said Breiner. "I found the idea of her dancing, then, as a moment of power for her. Maybe she's a shy and introverted person, but she takes this opportunity to perform, and with this expression of herself she can ask for anything. The Queen's Daughter uses a Greek chorus among the cast of 13 dancers.
Yuka Oishi makes her United States and SF Ballet debut with BOLERO. Oishi's creative process for BOLERO began in 2020, when she experienced two major life changes at once: her pregnancy and subsequent birth of her son, and the death of a loved one. "Death and life kissed each other," described Oishi, who was motivated not to create a heartbreaking ballet, but one with energy: "When I listened to Bolero, I had to start moving," she said about Maurice Ravel's iconic piece. "The repetition of rhythm and melody completed my idea of a constant beating, the idea of growing a cell to the universe's scale."
The future of ballet is coming Next. We've celebrated maker culture here in the Bay Area for decades, so to celebrate San Francisco's 90th anniversary we're looking forward. The [email protected]
festival presents 9 world premiere ballets by 9 innovative, international choreographers, centering the innovation of the dance world right here in San Francisco. [email protected]
festival features new works by Nicolas Blanc, Bridget Breiner, Val Caniparoli, Robert Garland, Yuka Oishi, Yuri Possokhov, Jamar Roberts, Danielle Rowe, and Claudia Schreier.