Dance of Dreams is a new dance film directed by Benjamin Millepied, featuring San Francisco Ballet dancers performing choreography by Justin Peck, Dwight Rhoden, Janie Taylor, and Christopher Wheeldon, all of whom donated their time to the project. It will premiere at 12 noon U.S. PDT on August 13, 2020 on SF Ballet @ Home, YouTube, Facebook, and IGTV.
Dance of Dreams is a moment of dancing, a moment of reconnecting dancers to the city and the thing they love most.
–Benjamin Millepied, Director
Filmed in iconic San Francisco locations including the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the new six-minute film is set to “Scène d’Amour” by Bernard Herrmann from Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco-based thriller film from 1958. SF Ballet Orchestra Music Director Martin West mixed and mastered the recording, which incorporates more than 150 tracks recorded remotely by more than 60 musicians from the Orchestra.
The film begins with Joseph Walsh on the grounds of the iconic San Francisco Art Institute in movements that suggest a yearning for what the past and future hold: community, connection, and love.
SF Chronicle Datebook, “SF Ballet emerges from shelter-in-place with a dreamlike dance film,” August 11, 2020.
SF Classical Voice, “A Dream of a Dance,” August 10, 2020.
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Image Credits: Dance of Dreams, 2020. Courtesy of SF Ballet.