San Francisco Ballet (SF Ballet), the Company and School that has been an innovator in dance since its founding in 1933, begins its repertory season and Helgi Tomasson’s 37th and final season as Artistic Director this February with the live world premiere of Cathy Marston’s Mrs. Robinson on Program 1, February 1–12 at the War Memorial Opera House. The premiere arrives after a two-year postponement of the ballet’s debut due to Covid-19.
To celebrate, SF Ballet today releases the Mrs. Robinson short film for free on its website. Filmed at the Fairmont San Francisco in November of 2020 and never-before shared publicly, the dance film features choreography from a scene of Mrs. Robinson and stars Principal Dancers Sarah Van Patten and Joseph Walsh in the ballet’s leading roles.
In Mrs. Robinson, Marston re-imagines The Graduate, the classic 1960s American novella and film, from the perspective of Mrs. Robinson, America’s most notorious seductress. With an original score by Terry Davies, scenic and costume designs by Patrick Kinmonth, and a scenario developed by the choreographer and Edward Kemp, Mrs. Robinson is Marston’s second commission and narrative ballet created for SF Ballet. Her first, Snowblind, traveled to The Kennedy Center in 2018 and Sadler’s Wells in 2019.