WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING
Fire and Ashes, Making the Ballet RAkU
SFDFF is pleased to present the world premiere of Fire and Ashes, Making the Ballet RAkU. The film illuminates the collaboration of great contemporary masters at the zenith of their careers. Yuri Possokhov choreographed RAkU for prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan as the defining role of her illustrious career.
Set in historic Japan, the ballet is a fictional tale based on a true event, the burning of the beautiful Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto by a disturbed monk tormented by its supreme perfection. It is a tale filled with passion, lust, unspeakable loss, pain and compassion.
Possokhov's multi-sourced choreography brings in Japanese Noh theater and Butoh dance integrated with classical and contemporary ballet. The multi-layered themes link the historic tale with the Hiroshima bombing through fire and ashes. Shinji Eshima's soaring orchestral score is based on his composition for the 50th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. It is inspired by the chants of the Buddhist monks of the San Francisco Zen Center.
The performance is shot cinematically in the style of a dramatic film, providing an intimate relationship with the dancers. From the film’s opening narrative scenes, it establishes an intimate style and carries through the ballet performance. This gives viewers an immediate and powerful sense of being close to the dancers, rarely shared in dance films.
Co-presented by San Francisco Ballet
Fire and Ashes, Making the Ballet RAkU(United States, 2017) 60 minDirector: Shirley SunChoreographer: Yuri Possokhov