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San Francisco Ballet returns to UK at last | Arts News

San Francisco Ballet returns to UK at last

Booking has opened for San Francisco Ballet's first London season in eight years, at Sadler's Wells 14-23 September. Ten works will be performed, nine of them new to London, including work by Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Ashley Page, Yuri Possokhov and SFB director Helgi Tomasson. The historic jewel will be George Balanchine’s Divertimento No 15.  Wheeldon, now tied to the Royal Ballet as artistic associate, was championed as a young choreographer by Tomasson, where he made three ballets to be shown in London for the first time: Within the Golden Hour (2008), Wheeldon’s Ghosts (2010) and Number Nine (2011). Ashley Page's first work for SFBallet, Guide to Strange Places, and Mark Morris's Beaux (his eighth work for SFB) are also expected to be highlights. Music, including Mozart, Martinů, Ezio Bosso, Michael Torke Ash and John Adams, will be played by a British orchestra under SFBallet conductor Martin West.  San Francisco Ballet has previously performed in London in 1999, 2001 and 2004.
Booking: www.sadlerswells.com. Further background information:  www.sfballet.org

Programme A
(Sept. 14,18 at 7:30pm; Sept 23 at 4:00pm)

Divertimento No.15
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento No 15 in B-flat major
Staged by Elyse Borne
Costume Design: after Karinska
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley

Symphonic Dances
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Sergei Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Op. 45
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Jack Mehler

Within the Golden Hour
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon©
Music:  Ezio Bosso
Designs: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Programme B
(Sept. 15, 21 at 7:30pm; Sept. 16 at 4:00pm)

Ghosts
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: C.F. Kip Winger
Scenic Design: Laura Jellinek
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design Mary Louise Geiger

RAkU
Chorography: Yuri Possokhov
Music: Shinji Eshima
Scenic & Projection Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Christopher Dennis

Trio
Choreography: Helgi Tomasson
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence
Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Christopher Dennis

Programme C 
(Sept. 19, 20, 22 at 7:30pm)

Beaux
Choreography: Mark Morris
Music: Bohuslav Martinů Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra,
Two pieces for harpsichord, lento
Scenic and Costume Design: Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting Design: Michael Chybowski

Classical Symphony
Chorography: Yuri Possokhov
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Costume Design Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: David Finn
Video Concept: Yuri Zhukov

Guide to Strange Places
Choreography: Ashley Page
Music: John Adams Guide to Strange Places
Scenic & Costume Design: Jon Morrell
Lighting Design: David Finn

Number Nine©
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Michael Torke Ash
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mary Louise Geiger

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