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SAN FRANCISCO During last fall’s World Ballet Day LIVE, San
Francisco Ballet’s choreographer in residence, Yuri
Possokhov, talked to the dancers about his new work,
Optimistic Tragedy. It’s inspired by what the Russian-raised expat describes as the “monumental hope” of
the 1917 Russian Revolution, saying, “We still hope of
the best future.” In the choreography, masses of men
surge around the heroic lead women, reminiscent of
Massine’s controversial symphonic ballets of the 1930s.
This new work, with music by Russian composer Ilya
Demutsky, shares SFB’s Modern Masters program with
Alexei Ratmansky’s beguiling Seven Sonatas and
William Forsythe’s pure-dance excursion, Pas/Parts
2016. Jan. 26–Feb. 5.
Two of the most famous lovers in English literature are
getting a new treatment this month with Decidedly Jazz
Danceworks’ premiere of Juliet & Romeo. Artistic director and
choreographer Kimberley Cooper has promised unexpected
twists in this reimagining of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers,
with fresh narration and original music performed by a live jazz
ensemble. Jan. 18–28.
Principal Lorena Feijoo and
members of San Francisco Ballet
rehearse Possokhov’s new work.