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The press release does name some choreographers:


"From September 14-23, 2012, the Company will perform three mixed-repertory programs over nine performances, at the Sadler's Wells Theatre, featuring: UK premieres and works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, and SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson."


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Even better. Knowing what they've been producing over the last few years, and also bearing in mind that it's at Sadler's Wells, so not so much pressure to fill thousands of seats, this has the potential to be really good.

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This is, indeed, very good news. An evening with SFB at Sadler's Wells, circa 1999, is one of my earliest memories from my belated discovery of ballet/dance - when I'm sure the programme included a very highly-charged PDD set to Barber's 'Adagio.' I also saw them during their 2004 visit. As I recall, neither visit was by the full company but by a mix of Principals and Soloists, with programmes to match. This time, with three different programmes promised, perhaps we will have a fuller company - and I'll be delighted if they also bring their Music Director, Martin West, formerly of ENB here and our previous conductor at the Cambridge Philharmonic!

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Programme details


** Booking opens 10 a.m. on Thursday 15th March **


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)



Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Music: C.F. Kip Winger

Scenic Design: Laura Jellinek

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design Mary Louise Geiger



Chorography: Yuri Possokhov

Music: Shinji Eshima

Scenic & Projection Design: Alexander V. Nichols

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design: Christopher Dennis



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)



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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Probably an easy/naive question, but are there likely to be more than one casting for each of these? I'd like to book for a particular cast for "Within the golden hour" but don't know whether the three shows would have the same cast.

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The latest programme schedule from Sadler's Wells:


Programme A

Friday 14 & Tuesday 18 September at 7.30pm, Sunday 23 September at 4pm

Divertimento No. 15 (Mozart / Balanchine)

Symphonic Dances (Rachmaninov / Liang)

Number Nine (Torke / Wheeldon)


Programme B

Saturday 15 & Friday 21 September at 7.30pm, Sunday 16 September at 4pm

Trio (Tchaikovsky / Tomasson)

Ghosts (Winger / Wheeldon)

Guide to Strange Places (Adams / Page)


Programme C

Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 & Saturday 22 September at 7.30pm

Beaux (Martinu / Morris)

Classical Symphony (Prokofiev / Possokhov)

RAkU (Eshima / Possokhov)

Within the Golden Hour (Bosso / Vivaldi / Wheeldon)

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