A Profile of Choreographer Val Caniparoli -- 20th Anniversaries for 'Lambarena' and 'Lady of the Camellias'

January 13, 2015 5:49 PM

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This season marks the 20th Anniversary of choreographer Val Caniparoli's immensely popular ballet, Lambarena. The work was created in 1995 for San Francisco Ballet and - at the heart of its inspirational force - Principal Dancer Evelyn Cisneros. Lambarena is a part of Program 1 at SFBallet which opens Tuesday, January 27 and runs for seven performances through February 27. The program also includes an encore of RAkU by the company's Choreographer in Residence, Yuri Possokhov, and Balanchine's 1935 masterwork, Serenade.

Twenty years and many productions later, Caniparoli continues to fine-tune Lambarena - an extraordinary work set to a number of tracks from the 1995 CD, Lambarena - Bach to Africa. Described as a multicultural homage to Albert Schweitzer, the album was created by Gabonese composer Pierre-Claver Aken...

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