With a steady string of world premieres and regular accolades in the national media, the San Francisco Ballet has been on a roll the past few years, and 2014 might be even better.
America’s oldest professional ballet company announced its 81st season today. It begins Jan. 22 and ends eight programs and 61 shows later on May 11, 2014. Read More
San Francisco Ballet’s Program Four is perfect for those who think they don’t like ballet.
Works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky make a lively mixed bill; Wheeldon’s “Within the Golden Hour” fired up the house enough to get an unusual standing ovation mid-program on Friday’s opening at the War Memorial Opera House. Read More
Although British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s “Borderlands” made its world premiere at the War Memorial Opera House on Tuesday night, the piece looks rather familiar.
The finale to San Francisco Ballet’s Program 1, “Borderlands” feels like a B-side to McGregor’s 2006 work “Chroma” – which SFB performed just last year. The works share similar sets, costumes, lighting and staging but use different music. Read More
There were a few mysteries in the War Memorial Opera House Thursday night: How and why did Mendelssohn's 1843 Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”) become George Balanchine's 1952 "Scotch Symphony"? – changing a nationality into what today means whiskey – and why did San Francisco Ballet wait almost a half a century to revive the work?
While those questions remain unanswered, and ballet program annotator Cheryl Ossola agrees – “It's unusual for Mr. Read More
In its upcoming 79th season, San Francisco Ballet is slated to continue its emphasis on full-length works, pieces by master choreographer George Balanchine and world premieres.
Announced Monday, the company’s 2012 season includes the troupe’s premiere of John Cranko’s “Onegin,” a newly designed production of San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov’s “Don Quixote” and the return of Tomasson’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Read More