San Francisco Ballet
Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Mixed Repertory Program (Nov. 13 & 14) (Timing: 2 hours, 11 min.)
Trio (Tomasson/Tchaikovsky) (33 min., followed by a 20-min. intermission)
RAkU (Possokhov/Eshima) (37 min., followed by a 15-min. intermission)
Voices of Spring (Ashton/J. Strauss II) (5 min., followed by a 2-min. pause)
Number Nine (Wheeldon/Torke) (19 min.)
Romeo & Juliet (Nov. 15–18) (Timing: 2 hours, 38 min., with 20-min. & 15-min. intermissions)
Choreography by Helgi Tomasson
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
PRINCIPAL CASTING: Juliet, Romeo (subject to change)
Thu., Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m.--Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada
Fri., Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.--Yuan Yuan Tan, Vito Mazzeo
Sat., Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.--Vanessa Zahorian, Davit Karapetyan
Sun., Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m.--Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit
"Whether it's high-flying, sweet romance or gritty sword fights, there is more than a little something for everyone."
--San Francisco Chronicle
Returning to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2008, America's oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet, brings Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson's critically acclaimed ballet adaptation of Romeo & Juliet to the Opera House. Two innocent young people meet by chance, relishing the discovery and passion of first love--only to be shattered by tragic twists of fate and the destructive hatred of their own families. Set to one of Prokofiev's most evocative scores, this production of Shakespeare's timeless masterpiece is filled with beautiful dance, riveting battles, and compelling drama, set amidst spectacular production designs by Jens-Jacob Worsaae and lighting by Thomas R. Skelton.
Known for its strong repertoire, the company's engagement will also include a mixed repertory program. In Trio, Tomasson captures the energy, momentum, and varied emotional tones of Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence in an "elegant and engrossing" (Los Angeles Times) production with sets and costumes as lush as the choreography. San Francisco Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov's RAkU, set to an original score by Shinji Eshima that features chanters performing with the orchestra, is a story of love and separation, desire and jealousy, violence and grief, simply told to stunning effect and hailed as "a gripping, virtuoso piece" by the San Francisco Examiner. In Sir Frederick Ashton's lighthearted and fleet-footed pas de deux Voices of Spring, created in 1977 for a production of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, a ballerina and her partner follow the swirling melodies of the Frühlingsstimmen waltz with show-stopping choreography. And rounding out the program will be Christopher Wheeldon's Number Nine, featuring a large ensemble of 24 dancers and set to an exhilarating score by Michael Torke.
The 1994 world premiere of Helgi Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet was made possible by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation. Additional support was provided by Lucy and Fritz Jewett, Chris and Warren Hellman, Mr. Rudolph W. Driscoll, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Franklin Templeton Group, and Deloitte. The 2012 production of Romeo & Juliet is made possible by Story Ballet Sponsor Koret Foundation.