Jennifer Stahl Lights Up SF Ballet’s Current Program

Classical (Re)Vision, SF Ballet’s second program of the 2020 Repertory Season continues through February 22.

Jennifer Stahl (here in a studio image by Erik Tomasson) dances as Anna Karenina in Foreshadow, a world premiere that Val Caniparoli has created for Opening Night Gala on Thursday.

Unlike the (very long) Tolstoy novel, this is a brief work that explores the dynamics of the love triangle of Anna, Count Vronsky (danced by Tiit Helimets), and Princess Kitty (danced by Elizabeth Powell).⁣Caniparoli zeroes in on Tolstoy’s use of the train as a metaphor—and an omen.

“Tolstoy thinks the train is a monster that, by cutting through the countryside, is ruining Russian culture,” he explains. When Anna meets Vronsky at a train station, a railway worker is run over by a train, which Anna sees as a bad omen. And (spoiler alert!) it’s an omen that ultimately foreshadows her own demise.

Caniparoli’s new ballet is set to “Choros,” from Ludovico Einaudi’s Taranta Project. “Even the music has a drive to it,” he says. “Like a train, it keeps moving forward.”⁣