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February 08, 2012

The Premiere of Mark Morris’s Nine-Man Ballet

By Jordan Kisner | Ballet

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Erik Tomasson

On February 14, the San Francisco Ballet will perform the world première of Beaux, a ballet created for Mark Morris’s company. The prolific choreographer—he’s made 160 dance pieces in the last 30 years—is well-loved for his unique way of improvising on classical ballet forms and his eclectic taste in music. Beaux lives up to expectations: It is set to an obscure 1935 Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu (featuring the little-known “revival harpsichord”) and is choreographed, somewhat unusually, for nine men. “I wanted to make up a dance with all gentlemen that is not just about what men are compelled to do in the ballet industry,” Morris said, “and they aren’t used to partnering with each other, so that makes them crazy, and it’s beautiful.”

The program also includes Number Nine, Christopher Wheeldon’s seventh work for the San Francisco Ballet, and choreographer Wayne McGregor’s architectural ballet Chroma. February 14–25; sfballet.org.

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