Ratmansky: One of the Greats!

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SF Ballet in Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (copyright Erik Tomasson)

I’d compare Alexei Ratmansky to any historically significant choreographer—he reminds me of “the greats.” He’s a choreographer with immense range, from creating abstract works to re-staging classics, and he’s unfailingly passionate about his work. Shostakovich Trilogy is a gift from a master at work, who was able to explore the depths of his favorite composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, and create the ultimate homage. Ratmansky renders a fascinating emotional, intellectual, and above all, poetic interpretation to Shostakovich’s glorious music. It is a non-narrative work about Communism, Stalin, and war.

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Principal Casting for Programs 5&6

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PRINCIPAL CASTING FOR PROGRAMS 5&6

Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes in Ratmansky's Symphony #9.

Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes in Ratmansky’s Symphony #9 (© Gene Schiavone) Courtesy American Ballet Theatre

In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change
*Denotes dancer premiere in ballet

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2—7:30PM—OPENING NIGHT PROGRAM 5

West Coast Premiere
SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY

Symphony #9
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Sarah Van Patten*, Carlos Quenedit*
Simone Messmer, James Sofranko*
Taras Domitro*

INTERMISSION

Chamber Symphony
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Davit Karapetyan*
Sasha De Sola*, Mathilde Froustey*, Lorena Feijoo*

INTERMISSION

Piano Concerto #1
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan*, Damian Smith*
Maria Kochetkova*, Vitor Luiz*

THURSDAY, APRIL 3—8:00PM

SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY

Symphony #9
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit
Simone Messmer, James Sofranko
Taras Domitro

INTERMISSION

Chamber Symphony
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Davit Karapetyan
Sasha De Sola, Mathilde Froustey, Lorena Feijoo

INTERMISSION

Piano Concerto #1
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz

FRIDAY, APRIL 4—8:00PM—OPENING NIGHTPROGRAM 6

MAELSTROM
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Sarah Van Patten, Pascal Molat
Frances Chung, Gennadi Nedvigin
Jennifer Stahl*, Jeremy Rucker*
Sasha De Sola*, Steven Morse*
Julia Rowe*, James Sofranko
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey*, Hansuke Yamamoto*
Shannon Rugani*, Wei Wang*

INTERMISSION

World Premiere
CAPRICE
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Conductor: Martin West

Maria Kochetkova*, Davit Karapetyan*
Yuan Yuan Tan*, Luke Ingham*

INTERMISSION

THE RITE OF SPRING
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Martin West

Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham
James Sofranko, Benjamin Stewart
Shane Wuerthner, Myles Thatcher, Hansuke Yamamoto
Koto Ishihara*, Shannon Rugani, Sasha De Sola

SATURDAY, APRIL 5—2:00PM

SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY

Symphony #9
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Ming Luke

Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit
Simone Messmer, James Sofranko
Taras Domitro

INTERMISSION

Chamber Symphony
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Davit Karapetyan
Sasha De Sola, Mathilde Froustey, Lorena Feijoo

INTERMISSION

Piano Concerto #1
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz

SATURDAY, APRIL 5—8:00PM

SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY

Symphony #9
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit
Simone Messmer, James Sofranko
Taras Domitro

INTERMISSION

Chamber Symphony
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Davit Karapetyan
Sasha De Sola, Mathilde Froustey, Lorena Feijoo

INTERMISSION

Piano Concerto #1
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz

SUNDAY, APRIL 6—2:00PM

MAELSTROM
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Sarah Van Patten, Pascal Molat
Frances Chung, Gennadi Nedvigin
Jennifer Stahl, Jeremy Rucker
Sasha De Sola, Steven Morse
Julia Rowe, James Sofranko
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey, Hansuke Yamamoto
Shannon Rugani, Wei Wang

INTERMISSION

CAPRICE
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Conductor: Martin West

Frances Chung*, Taras Domitro*
Sarah Van Patten*, Tiit Helimets*

INTERMISSION

THE RITE OF SPRING
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Martin West

Dores Andre, Carlos Quenedit
James Sofranko, Benjamin Stewart
Shane Wuerthner, Myles Thatcher, Hansuke Yamamoto
Koto Ishihara, Shannon Rugani, Sasha De Sola

TUESDAY, APRIL 8—8:00PM

SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY

Symphony #9
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Mathilde Froustey*, Luke Ingham*
Lorena Feijoo*, Pascal Molat*
Hansuke Yamamoto*

INTERMISSION

Chamber Symphony
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Ming Luke

Jaime Garcia Castilla*
Dores Andre*, Simone Messmer*, Sarah Van Patten*

INTERMISSION

Piano Concerto #1
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Sofiane Sylve*, Tiit Helimets*
Frances Chung*, Joan Boada*

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9—7:30PM

MAELSTROM
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Dores Andre*, Joan Boada*
Simone Messmer*, Jaime Garcia Castilla
Jennifer Stahl, Jeremy Rucker
Sasha De Sola, Steven Morse
Julia Rowe, James Sofranko
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey, Hansuke Yamamoto
Shannon Rugani, Wei Wang

INTERMISSION

CAPRICE
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Conductor: Martin West

Mathilde Froustey*, Vitor Luiz*
Yuan Yuan Tan, Luke Ingham

INTERMISSION

THE RITE OF SPRING
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Martin West

Dores Andre, Carlos Quenedit
James Sofranko, Benjamin Stewart
Shane Wuerthner, Myles Thatcher, Hansuke Yamamoto
Koto Ishihara, Shannon Rugani, Sasha De Sola

THURSDAY, APRIL 10—8:00PM

MAELSTROM
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Dores Andre, Joan Boada
Simone Messmer, Jaime Garcia Castilla
Jennifer Stahl, Jeremy Rucker
Sasha De Sola, Steven Morse
Julia Rowe, James Sofranko
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey, Hansuke Yamamoto
Shannon Rugani, Wei Wang

INTERMISSION

CAPRICE
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Conductor: Martin West

Frances Chung, Taras Domitro
Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets

INTERMISSION

THE RITE OF SPRING
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Martin West

Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham
James Sofranko, Benjamin Stewart
Shane Wuerthner, Myles Thatcher, Hansuke Yamamoto
Koto Ishihara, Shannon Rugani, Sasha De Sola

FRIDAY, APRIL 11—8:00PM

SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY

Symphony #9
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Mathilde Froustey, Luke Ingham
Lorena Feijoo, Pascal Molat
Hansuke Yamamoto

INTERMISSION

Chamber Symphony
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Jaime Garcia Castilla
Dores Andre, Simone Messmer, Sarah Van Patten

INTERMISSION

Piano Concerto #1
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets
Frances Chung, Joan Boada

SATURDAY, APRIL 12—2:00PM

MAELSTROM
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Dores Andre, Joan Boada
Frances Chung, Gennadi Nedvigin
Jennifer Stahl, Jeremy Rucker
Sasha De Sola, Steven Morse
Julia Rowe, James Sofranko
Ellen Rose Hummel*, Diego Cruz*
Shannon Rugani, Wei Wang

INTERMISSION

CAPRICE
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Conductor: Martin West

Mathilde Froustey, Vitor Luiz
Simone Messmer*, Tiit Helimets

INTERMISSION

THE RITE OF SPRING
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Martin West

Lorena Feijoo*, Vitor Luiz
Max Cauthorn*, Luke Willis
Shane Wuerthner, Myles Thatcher, Hansuke Yamamoto
Koto Ishihara, Shannon Rugani, Sasha De Sola

SATURDAY, APRIL 12—8:00PM

MAELSTROM
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Sarah Van Patten, Pascal Molat
Frances Chung, Gennadi Nedvigin
Jennifer Stahl, Jeremy Rucker
Sasha De Sola, Steven Morse
Julia Rowe, James Sofranko
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey, Hansuke Yamamoto
Shannon Rugani, Wei Wang

INTERMISSION

CAPRICE
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Conductor: Martin West

Maria Kochetkova, Davit Karapetyan
Yuan Yuan Tan, Luke Ingham

INTERMISSION

THE RITE OF SPRING
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Martin West

Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham
James Sofranko, Benjamin Stewart
Shane Wuerthner, Myles Thatcher, Hansuke Yamamoto
Koto Ishihara, Shannon Rugani, Sasha De Sola

SUNDAY, APRIL 13—2:00PM

SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY

Symphony #9
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Mathilde Froustey, Luke Ingham
Lorena Feijoo, Gennadi Nedvigin*
Hansuke Yamamoto

INTERMISSION

Chamber Symphony
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Jaime Garcia Castilla
Dores Andre, Simone Messmer, Sarah Van Patten

INTERMISSION

Piano Concerto #1
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Dmitri Shoshtakovich
Conductor: Martin West

Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets
Frances Chung, Joan Boada

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 – 8:00PM

MAELSTROM
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Sarah Van Patten, Pascal Molat
Frances Chung, Gennadi Nedvigin
Jennifer Stahl, Jeremy Rucker
Sasha De Sola, Steven Morse
Julia Rowe, James Sofranko
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey, Hansuke Yamamoto
Shannon Rugani, Wei Wang

INTERMISSION

CAPRICE
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Conductor: Martin West

Maria Kochetkova, Davit Karapetyan
Yuan Yuan Tan, Luke Ingham

INTERMISSION

THE RITE OF SPRING
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Martin West

Dores Andre, Carlos Quenedit
Max Cauthorn, Luke Willis
Shane Wuerthner, Myles Thatcher, Hansuke Yamamoto
Koto Ishihara, Shannon Rugani, Sasha De Sola

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Nadezda’s Theme by Stewmancrew

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Hi everyone! I hope you had a good Saint Patrick’s day! Programs 2 and 3 were a complete success and dancing Val Caniparoli’s Tears has been one of my favorite experiences of all time. Now we are busy preparing for Programs 5 and 6 in between performances of Cinderella, so we’re keeping very busy. If you haven’t seen Christopher Wheeldon’s production, I suggest you go because it’s incredibly colorful and magical.

cindy

SF Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella (copyright Erik Tomasson)

Besides dancing, I spent every spare moment I had this weekend composing and recording a new song. I’m super excited about it because I haven’t been inspired to write or record music in years. I would like to share that song with you in the hopes that it might bring you joy and inspiration as well. Please click the link below to listen!

Nadezda’s Theme by Stewmancrew:

http://soundcloud.com/stewmancrew/nadezdas-theme-1/s-2puo2

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Building a Love for the Arts

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A room full of eager young girls learn ballet at The Well

It’s quite rare for me to say that every evening in the past week I’ve had a ‘ball’ to attend. ;) With Wheeldon’s Cinderella in full swing, the War Memorial Opera House has been caught up in a whirlwind of twirling branches, sparkling seasons, mysterious fates, and a ravishing love story. Bringing this production back to the San Francisco audience after last dancing it in New York has been such a joy. We have certainly felt honored to receive such a warm reception of sold-out audiences and standing ovations so far in the run.

What I have loved about Cinderella is that it is a ballet for all ages and all levels of experience with ballet. I’ve had a few friends attend so far with Cinderella being their first exposure to ballet. In fact, Cinderella happens to be the first full length ballet I saw as a young girl. I remember going to the Orange County Performing Arts Center with my mom, being enamored by the production danced by the Royal Ballet in Ashton’s version of the story. The ending will forever be embedded in my memory, the curtain closing as Cinderella ascended the staircase with her Prince and glitter slowly fell on them from above.

On another note, I have an exciting update to share! When I last wrote, ‘The Well‘ was on its way to completion. I am thrilled to announce that since it’s completion, the dance program has been thriving! Fifty girls, all within the Tenderloin community, are getting the opportunity to learn and enjoy dance. I am so thankful that the vision of The Well is not only to build a love for the arts, but community and self-esteem – all serving as tools to equip these girls to withstand the dangers present in an inner city neighborhood.

Here’s a couple more sweet pictures from The Well’s dance program:

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