This April, San Francisco Ballet (SF Ballet) will current three world premieres: Inventive Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Concord, Christopher Wheeldon’s Finale Finale and Dwight Rhoden’s The Promised Land. Rising from the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and the racial reckoning within the U.S., and celebrating the lengthy profession of Tomasson, these works proceed SF Ballet’s custom of cultivating new works and views. Additionally they mark Tomasson’s remaining premieres at SF Ballet, earlier than his retirement on the finish of the season following a strong profession on the Firm. In 37 seasons, he has created greater than 50 works for SF Ballet, and has commissioned practically 200 ballets from rising and established choreographers since taking the helm in 1985.
“All through the years, I've aspired to develop an organization of dancers who see themselves as a part of the inventive course of, as collaborative companions within the creation of latest work,” says Tomasson. “My new ballet, Concord, was born from the pandemic and the enjoyment that the Firm felt from with the ability to dance collectively once more. I used to be thrilled to ask Dwight Rhoden and Christopher Wheeldon again to our studios. They’ve created ballets that immediate moments of reflection and hope for a brighter future.”
Opening on April 2, Program 5 consists of the world premiere of Tomasson’s Concord, set to a keyboard suite by Jean-Philippe Rameau. This joyous ballet celebrates the return to dwell efficiency for each artists and audiences. Tomasson’s inventive course of for the piece started in the summertime of 2021, when the Firm’s dancers had been rehearsing in “pods” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with a bunch of 12 dancers, Tomasson created Concord to spotlight every dancer’s strengths, an indicator of his method to choreography.
Program 5 additionally options Choreographer-in-Residence Yuri Possokhov’s Magrittomania, a nod to the work of surrealist artist Réné Magritte, and Tomasson’s The Fifth Season, originated in 2006, set to music by Karl Jenkins and thought of to be certainly one of his most interesting ballets.
Opening on April 6, Program 6 options the world premieres of Christopher Wheeldon’s Finale Finale, a tribute to Tomasson’s remaining season and Dwight Rhoden’s The Promised Land.
The Promised Land explores society’s ongoing emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic and racial reckoning within the U.S. “I needed to entry the resiliency and perseverance of the human spirit, bodily, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually,” says Rhoden about his creation. “The essence of the piece is about how we get well, what we do to get by, how we meet the challenges day-to-day.”
Set to music by a group of composers together with Philip Glass and Hans Zimmer, The Promised Land is an summary piece involving what Rhoden calls a “wandering narrative.” The Promised Land is Rhoden’s third ballet created for SF Ballet, following LET’S BEGIN AT THE END, created throughout 2018 Unbound: A Pageant of New Works, and his contributions to the dance movie Dance of Goals in 2020. Rhoden is co-founder of Complexions Up to date Ballet with Desmond Richardson.
Finale Finale is Wheeldon’s 11th work set on SF Ballet and captures the festive spirit of its rating by Darius Milhaud, Le Boeuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof). “Creating for San Francisco Ballet has at all times been an unimaginable expertise for me, very joyful, very collaborative,” says Wheeldon. “I owe lots to Helgi in so some ways: my improvement as a choreographer, having the chance to be right here in a metropolis that I really like, working on this nice theater, with this nice firm.”
Deliberate as incidental music for a Charlie Chaplin movie, Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le toit developed right into a ballet libretto by Jean Cocteau, which premiered in 1920. Whereas Wheeldon has deserted Cocteau’s libretto, he retains a “Chaplin-esque” solo and acrobatic parts in his new ballet. Wheeldon gained two Tony Awards in 2015, for guiding and choreographing Broadway’s An American in Paris. His first creation for SF Ballet, Sea Photos, premiered in 2000.
Program 6 additionally consists of Tomasson’s Prism, created for New York Metropolis Ballet in 2000, danced to a rating by Beethoven.
For tickets and extra info, go to www.sfballet.org/season/casting.