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April 2018

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Updated January 15, 2018

Check with theaters for performance, dates and times.
April 3-8
The National Ballet of Canada
Nijinsky
A Ballet by John Neumeier
Special guest company of San Francisco Ballet.
Choreography, Sets, Costumes, and Lighting Design: John Neumeier. Music: Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Dmitri Shostakovich
April 8-15
Mark Foehringer's
Alice in Wonderland

Created by the same creative team as Nutcracker Sweets and in the same 50-minute format with live music.
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
April 10-15
Cal Performances
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Choreography by Taley Beatty, Jamar Roberts, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Twyla Tharp, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
April 20-May 6

San Francisco Ballet
Unbound: A Festival of New Works
A festival of 12 world premieres by international choreographers spanning 4 programs over 17 days.
Read All About It!
Program A:
Program A: THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT Composer: Jason Moran Choreographer: Alonzo King.
BOUND
Composer: Keaton Henson Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon.
HURRY UP, WE’RE DREAMING Composers: Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez, Bradley Laner, and Justin Meldal-Johnsen; Choreographer: Justin Peck

April 20-29,
Smuin Ballet
Dance Series 02
Oasis by Helen Pickett
Falling Up by Amy Seiwert
World Premiere by Val Caniparoli
April 21-May 4
San Francisco Ballet
Unbound: A Festival of New Works
Program B:
MYLES THATCHER WORLD PREMIERE Composer: John Adams, Choreographer: Myles Thatcher.
SNOWBLIND
Composers: Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, and Arvo Pa¨rt
Music Arranger: Philip Feeney; Choreographer: Cathy Marston
ANIMA ANIMUS
Composer: Ezio Bosso, Choreographer: David Dawson
April 25 - May 5
San Francisco Ballet
Unbound: A Festival of New Works
Program C:
BESPOKE
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Choreographer: Stanton Welch
YOUR FLESH SHALL BE A GREAT POEM
Composer: Chris Garneau, Choreographer: Trey McIntyre
GUERNICA
Composers: Joe Andrews, Michel Banabila, Tom Halstead, and Charles Valentin-Alkan; Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
April 26 - May 5

San Francisco Ballet
Unbound: A Festival of New Works
Program D:
THE INFINITE OCEAN
Composer: Oliver Davis, Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
LET’S BEGIN AT THE END

Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman, Choreographer: Dwight Rhoden
BJÖRK BALLET
Composers: Björk Gudmundsdottir and Sigurjon Sigurdsson, Choreographer: Arthur Pita

Friday, April 27 6 pm–7:30 pm
Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet's Future,
Unbound: A Conversation on the Future of Ballet
Speakers:

Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer at SF Ballet
Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem
Moderator: Marina Harss, Dance Writer and Critic
FREE and open to the public
April 27 - May 6
Dancers’ Group
Bay Area Dance Week
20th anniversary with an anticipated 400+ free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and a wildly popular Kick Off Event on Friday, April 27.
Venues to be announced
April 28 11:30 am–1:00 pm

Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet's Future,
Ballet Unbound?: The Aesthetics and Politics of Ballet in a Globalized World
From fake news to music video gifs, the rate at which information and images circle the globe has never been faster. What does it mean to make ballet in a time of instantaneous transmission and political uncertainty? How is ballet absorbing influences from other cultures and dance techniques? What kinds of new voices are contributing to ballet? How are the aesthetics of ballet changing? And what kinds of things are today’s choreographers trying to say?
Speakers:

  • Marina Harss, Dance Writer and Critic
  • Jill Nunes Jensen, Ph.D., Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Loyola Marymount University
  • Alonzo King, Artistic Director of Alonzo King LINES Ballet
  • Ariel Osterweis, Ph.D., The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, California Institute of the Arts
  • Dwight Rhoden, Founding Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer at Complexions Contemporary Ballet
  • Moderator: Jennie Scholick, Ph.D., Associate Director of Audience Engagement at SF Ballet
Education Studio at the Wilsey Center, Veterans Building, San Francisco
April 28, 1:00- 4:30 pm
Mark Foehringer Dance Project | SF
Dancing in the Park SF
World premiere of Mark Foehringer’s A SIMPLE SYMPHONY, music by Benjamin Britten, performances by other professional dance companies, pre-professional dance programs, and community groups. Admission Free!
April 28 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet's Future,
“Silicon Ballet:” Bringing Ballet and Technology Together On Stage, On Film, and Online

Hear from artists, choreographers, and scholars about how they have experimented with, experienced, or envisioned the collaboration between ballet and technology. From motion capture to livestreams to dancing robots, how is technology changing ballet? How is technology changing audiences? And how might dance influence emerging technology?
Speakers:
Judy Flannery, Managing Director of SF Dance Film Festival
Sydney Skybetter, Choreographer and Professor at Brown University
Moderator: Rachel Sibley, Futurist and Immersive Technologist
Education Studio at the Wilsey Center, Veterans Building, San Francisco
April 29 11:00 am–12:45pm
Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet's Future,
Boundless: Fostering New Voices in Ballet Choreography, Leadership, and Audiences

As the resident classical ballet company of a minority-majority city, San Francisco Ballet recognizes that if ballet is going to remain crucial and relevant to audiences, it needs a diversity of voices and bodies included on stage, in the studio, and in the executive offices. Join us for a discussion of how directors and company leaders are thinking about including new voices and perspectives in the dancers they hire, the choreographers they commission, the audiences they reach, and the stories they tell.
Speakers:

  • Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer at SF Ballet
  • Patrick Armand, SF Ballet School Director
  • Celia Fushille, Artistic Director of Smuin Contemporary Ballet
  • Dwight Rhoden, Founding Artistic Director & Resident Choreographer at Complexions Contemporary Ballet
  • Andrea Yannone, Director of Education & Training at SF Ballet
  • Moderator: Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theater of Harlem
Education Studio at the Wilsey Center, Veterans Building, San Francisco
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