Playing Changes

Playing Changes

The San Francisco Symphony partners with Bay Area dance company Post:ballet to present Playing Changes, an intimate interdisciplinary performance.

A series of seven pieces performed by a Post:ballet dancer with SF Symphony Associate Principal Second Violin Helen Kim, Playing Changes is an exploration of collaborative art during a time marked by isolation and uncertainty, and a celebration of the resilience and creativity of the Bay Area artistic community. All works were filmed at Oakland’s historic 16th Street Station and feature the choreography of Robert Dekkers.

Playing Changes was filmed in compliance with local and state COVID guidelines. Performers appearing closer than 6 feet were members of the same COVID container throughout rehearsals and at the time of filming.

Playing Changes is produced with generous support from Emre Ozdemir.

San Francisco Symphony’s presentation of Playing Changes is generously sponsored by Sakurako and William Fisher.

Free content on SFSymphony+ is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission.

SAMUEL ADAMS: Playing Changes from ‘Violin Diptych’ (2020)
Landes Dixon, dancer

PHILIP GLASS: Knee Play 2 from ‘Einstein on the Beach’ (1975)
Cora Cliburn · Robert Dekkers, dancers
© 1976 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.
© Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.

LJ WHITE: ‘fly, into the light…’ (2013)
Emily Hansel, dancer

DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN: ‘Filter’ (1992)
Christian Squires, dancer
Published by Subito Music Corporation

ELIZABETH OGONEK: ‘Cradle Dance’ (2020—digital world premiere)
Caitlin Hicks, dancer

MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN: ‘Water and Dust’ (2020—digital world premiere)
Charmaine Butcher · Babatunji Johnson, dancers

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE: ‘kodo’ (2020—digital world premiere)
Jenna Marie, dancer

Helen Kim, violin
Ben Tarquin, cinematography & editing
Robert Dekkers, choreography, in collaboration with Post:ballet dance artists
Samuel Adams, audio recording, editing, & sound design
Christian Squires, costume design
Christopher Dunn, costume construction
Travis Andrews, mastering & audio consulting

Playing Changes
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    The San Francisco Symphony partners with Bay Area dance company Post:ballet to present Playing Changes, an intimate interdisciplinary performance.

    A series of seven pieces performed by a Post:ballet dancer with SF Symphony Associate Principal Second Violin Helen Kim, Playing Changes is an explor...

  • SAMUEL ADAMS: Playing Changes from ‘Violin Diptych’ (2020)

    Landes Dixon, dancer
    Helen Kim, violin
    Ben Tarquin, cinematography & editing
    Robert Dekkers, choreography, in collaboration with Post:ballet dance artists
    Samuel Adams, audio recording, editing, & sound design
    Christian Squires, costume design
    Christopher Dunn, costume construction
    Travis Andrews...

  • PHILIP GLASS: Knee Play 2 from ‘Einstein on the Beach’ (1975)

    Cora Cliburn · Robert Dekkers, dancers
    Helen Kim, violin
    Ben Tarquin, cinematography & editing
    Robert Dekkers, choreography, in collaboration with Post:ballet dance artists
    Samuel Adams, audio recording, editing, & sound design
    Christian Squires, costume design
    Christopher Dunn, costume construct...

  • LJ WHITE: ‘fly, into the light…’ (2013)

    Emily Hansel, dancer
    Helen Kim, violin
    Ben Tarquin, cinematography & editing
    Robert Dekkers, choreography, in collaboration with Post:ballet dance artists
    Samuel Adams, audio recording, editing, & sound design
    Christian Squires, costume design
    Christopher Dunn, costume construction
    Travis Andrews...

  • DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN: ‘Filter’ (1992)

    Christian Squires, dancer
    Helen Kim, violin
    Ben Tarquin, cinematography & editing
    Robert Dekkers, choreography, in collaboration with Post:ballet dance artists
    Samuel Adams, audio recording, editing, & sound design
    Christian Squires, costume design
    Christopher Dunn, costume construction
    Travis An...

  • ELIZABETH OGONEK: ‘Cradle Dance’ (2020—digital world premiere)

    “Commissioned by Helen Kim and Sam Adams, ‘Cradle Dance’ was a gift to my friends Matt and Laura on the occasion of the birth of their son, Nye in the summer of 2020. It’s inspired, in part, by the doubles found in the baroque dance suite which typically serve as a single variation on a theme. Th...

  • MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN: ‘Water and Dust’ (2020—digital world premiere)

    “‘Water and Dust’ pulls its inspiration from author and journalist Mark Arax’s book “The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California,” which was recommended by dear friend Samuel Adams upon discovering our shared upbringing in the Bay Area. Arax investigates the water crisis and interwe...

  • AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE: ‘kodo’ (2020—digital world premiere)

    Jenna Marie, dancer
    Helen Kim, violin
    Ben Tarquin, cinematography & editing
    Robert Dekkers, choreography, in collaboration with Post:ballet dance artists
    Samuel Adams, audio recording, editing, & sound design
    Christian Squires, costume design
    Christopher Dunn, costume construction
    Travis Andrews,...