On Stage Now: Francesca da Rimini




“The story of Francesca da Rimini, immortalized in Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy, has a long and varied pedigree in the art world.”

Shades of Francesca da Rimini

“Possokhov’s three Shades, in his ballet, do in fact seem like gatekeepers of hell.”

SF Ballet in Possokhov's Francesca da Rimini

“… illuminating the action are five women, an ensemble mirror for Francesca, echoing “her feelings, her emotions, maybe her senses,” says Possokhov.”

Adulterous lovers in Francesca da Rimini

“…at the ballet’s heart are the two lovers, Francesca and Paolo, who dance a pas de deux, a 10-minute adagio of breathtaking beauty,  that fills nearly half the ballet.”

In the depths of hell in Francesca da Rimini

“In Francesca da Rimini, Possokhov uses the floor extensively, as if subliminally referencing hell.”

SF Ballet in Francesca da Rimini

“In his Francesca da Rimini, Possokhov says, the marriage, betrayal, murders, condemnation are merely the ‘frame of the painting.’ ”

All copy by Cheryl Ossola. To read the full Program Notes for this ballet, written by Cheryl Ossola, click here.

-All photos © Erik Tomasson.

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  1. Posted April 16, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing the ballet. And No I want miss any of the ballet . Suberb!!!!.Thank you.

  2. avatar Mila Goranova
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Francesca is a great spectacle – so far the beast this season. Everything is mesmerizing – the dramatic choreography and music, the performance of Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boda and Taras Domitro were spectacular. A must see!

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