Anticipating the 2017 Repertory Season


We can’t believe it’s already July! Here at SF Ballet, our Company members are back in the studio and hard at work already preparing for the 2017 Season. With a number of new world premieres and fan favorites, we have a long list of must-see works for the coming season. To find out what ballets our dancers are excited about performing, we went straight to the source and here’s what they had to say.

Davit Karapetyan, Principal Dancer
Frankenstein is high on my list. I love to dance story ballets. I read the Mary Shelley novel, I saw the movie, and I’m curious about how Liam is going to translate it all into movement. I had the opportunity to work with Liam last season in Fearful Symmetries [also returning on Program 5], and it was interesting to work with him. He’s great with us, always making sure everyone is comfortable with their steps. I don’t even know yet if I’m going to be dancing in Frankenstein, but either way it will be fun to see.

I am also curious about the Arthur Pita world premiere. To be honest, I don’t know much about him, but I’ve heard many great things from dancers who’ve worked with him in Europe. He’s known to be theatrical and sometimes adds other non-dance elements such as spoken word into his works, so I’m very curious to see what he creates. This is another ballet that I don’t know if I’ll be cast in, but it’s always fun to see new works on the Company.

The Balanchine program has two of my most favorite Balanchine ballets, Stravinsky Violin Concerto and Diamonds. I’ve danced many Balanchine pieces and of course have many favorites, but Diamonds is at the top. It’s one of the first things I danced when I arrived here in San Francisco, and I am very excited to dance it again.

Steven McRae as The Creature and Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein in Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein. (© 2016 The Royal Opera House. Photo by Bill Cooper)

Steven McRae as The Creature and Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein in Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein.
(© 2016 The Royal Opera House. Photo by Bill Cooper)

Jennifer Stahl, Soloist
Honestly, it’s hard to narrow it down! I’m really excited about our all Balanchine program. It’s a great collection that displays Balanchine’s brilliant range. Diamonds is very elegant and regal, Stravinsky Violin Concerto is earthy and tribal, and Prodigal Son is a short story full of engaging characters.

I’m also excited about all four world premieres from Yuri Possokhov, Arthur Pita, Jiří Bubeníček, and Myles Thatcher. It’s very fulfilling if you get to be involved in the whole process with choreographers, from creation to performance. It’s also special that we have two SF Ballet “family members,” Myles and Yuri, creating works this season. Last but not least, I’m looking forward to both In the Countenance of Kings and Cinderella, which are both returning this coming season. They are super fun to dance and seem to be just as enjoyable for audiences to watch. 

Jennifer Stahl and Luke Ingham in Peck's In The Countenance of Kings. (© Erik Tomasson)

Jennifer Stahl and Luke Ingham in Peck’s In The Countenance of Kings.
(© Erik Tomasson)

Wei Wang, Soloist
I am in rehearsal for the Jiří Bubeníček world premiere right now, and I can’t wait to see what it will become next season. The movement is very challenging and the partnering is hard. It’s also been a great experience working with Jiří. It will be exciting to see this ballet onstage with sets, costumes, and the full production value. The music is set to Rachmaninoff—a truly epic piece of music, full of Russian romanticism. Whenever I hear this music I just want to dance. I am also looking forward to Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein and the return of his Fearful Symmetries. I am excited to dance this work again and see it on everyone one year later. And of course, Frankenstein is going to be amazing.

Frances Chung and Joan Boada in Scarlett's Fearful Symmetries. (© Erik Tomasson)

Frances Chung and Joan Boada in Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries.
(© Erik Tomasson)

Max Cauthorn: Corps de Ballet Member
Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein is high on my list. His works are very interesting to me; they have a unique fusion of sultry passion and being emotionally guarded, and I think Frankenstein will have a lot of that. I also really enjoy personally working with Liam. He’s able to achieve his vision while still being open to adapting to individual dancers.

Trying to anticipate what Yuri Possokhov will produce next is basically impossible, and that’s why I’m excited for his new work. He creates such a wide spectrum of movement and brings such an interesting emotional depth to his ballets that, although I don’t know what he’ll deliver, I’m sure it will be great. Another new work I am especially anticipating is Myles Thatcher’s new work. Myles creates works that are similar to Yuri’s in emotional weight, while still leaving his own, more abstract, fingerprint. Myles is really becoming grounded as a choreographer, and I’m excited to see what he brings next.

San Francisco Ballet rehearses Thatcher's Manifesto. (© Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet rehearses Thatcher’s Manifesto.
(© Erik Tomasson)

Maggie Weirich, Corps de Ballet Member
I’m thrilled to be a part of this next season with SF Ballet, not only because the works are so great, but also because I’m excited to see how the Company takes on many of these ballets. I’m looking forward most to hearing Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto played by our wonderful orchestra and to seeing how the dancers play with the music through Balanchine’s choreography. I am also excited for what Myles is going to bring to the Company. It’s fun to see him choreograph on us because he knows us so well. I can’t wait!

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