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Revisiting Frontiers 

Wednesday, Feb 5 2014

The San Francisco Ballet kicks off Triple-Bill, its first mixed-bill program of the year, with a selection of works by three top choreographers, including Tears, a world premiere from Val Caniparoli, a former dancer and current principal character actor for the ballet. Caniparoli's name may also be familiar from one of his previous works, Ibsen's House, a moody story complete with decadent sets and costumes that could have been pulled straight from Downton Abbey. From Foreign Lands, by current artist-in-residence for the American Ballet Theater and former director of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, Alexei Ratmansky, returns for its encore performance. Choreographed for the company and first performed at the War Memorial Opera House last year, From Foreign Lands will repeat along with Borderlands, a fast-paced and brainy ballet by Royal Ballet of London's resident choreographer Wayne McGregor. It's the San Francisco Ballet — you really can't go wrong here. But do yourself a favor and check the casting for Sofiane Sylve before purchasing tickets. She's the Beyoncé of ballet; half woman and half beast.

Tue., Feb. 18, 8 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 21, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 27, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 1, 2 & 8 p.m., 2014

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