Live Performance Captures
New on the bill this year is a dedicated venue for live performance captures, bringing important new works from Europe to San Francisco for the first time. Alexander Ekman’s Swan Lake and Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Dutch National Ballet’s Mata Hari and The Ninth Symphony by Maurice Béjart will all be screened at the Variety Preview Room.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Variety Preview Room | 582 Market Street | Suite 101 | San Francisco | CA | 94104
The Ninth Symphony by Maurice Béjart – 1:00 PM
Midsummer Night’s Dream – 3:15 PM
Mata Hari – 5:30 PM
A Swan Lake – 8:00 PM
The Ninth Symphony by Maurice Béjart
Germany | 2014 | 88 min | Director: Mari Inamasu | Choreographer: Maurice Béjart
Maurice Béjart’s compelling staging of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has been enchanting audiences worldwide since its inception and its idea of universal brotherhood remains highly topical.
Midsummer Night’s Dream
France | 2017 | 97 min | Director: Tommy Pascal | Choreographer: Alexander Ekman
A powerful contemporary piece by Alexander Ekman that explores the energy and the mysteries conjured up by the summer solstice. This vast and ambitious project is danced by the Royal Swedish Ballet and set to music by Mikael Karlsson.
Netherlands | 2016 | 115 min | Director: Jeff Tudor | Choreographer: Ted Brandsen
Director and award-winning choreographer Ted Brandsen has taken the turbulent life of the Dutch dancer and spy Mata Hari as his inspiration for a lavish new full-length ballet. A new score has been specially commissioned from GRAMMY nominated composer Tarik O’Regan.
A Swan Lake
Norway | 2014 | 98 min | Director: Jeff Tudor | Choreographer: Alexander Ekman
As a follow-up to Rare Birds (USA/Norway, 2014) by director T.M. Rives, the Festival’s popular 2015 award winner for Best Documentary that took audiences deep into the process behind Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s wild and elaborate production of “A Swan Lake”, SFDFF presents a vibrant capture of the full finished stage work. Never before seen in San Francisco, A Swan Lake has become a sensation in Europe, nominated for the 2014 Prix Benois de la Danse.