Firebird, Photo by Erik Tomasson
Magical creatures abound at the ballet, from your classic flock of enchanted swans to the more obscure wili (seen earlier this season in Giselle). San Francisco Ballet's Program 3, on view February 20-March 2 at the War Memorial Opera House, features a small menagerie of otherworldly beings: hallucinated spirit maidens, abstract apparitions, and miraculous flaming birds.
The evening begins with the famous Kingdom of the Shades act from the ballet La Bayadère, staged by renowned ballerina Natalia Makarova, and then moves to more contemporary fare: SFB resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov's version of Stravinsky's Firebird and English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's Ghosts. In preparation for your encounter with the supernatural, we've compiled a brief field guide to common balletic beasts and their habits.More »