Mathilde Froustey dances in a 2015 performance of “Don Quixote,” which opens San Francisco Ballet’s 2019 season. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Recent dances highlight SF Ballet 2019 season

San Francisco Ballet has announced its 2019 season, a showcase of new dances — including not-yet-announced encores from 2018’s upcoming anticipated spring programs of 12 premieres — as well a few world premieres.

“This season, I’m thrilled to bring back some of the wonderful new works from this year’s unprecedented Unbound Festival,” said San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson on Tuesday.

While new dances from frequent collaborators Liam Scarlett and Yuri Possokhov also come to the War Memorial stage, the troupe rounds out 2018 with a Festival Napa Valley performance on July 27 and a tour in Washington D.C. Popular “Nutcracker” performances run Dec. 12-29 this year.

Here’s the 2019 lineup:

Opening Night Gala (Jan. 23)

Program 1 (Jan. 25-Feb. 2)
Helgi Tomasson/Yuri Possokhov’s “Don Quixote”

Program 2 (Feb. 12-23)
George Balanchine’s “Divertimento No. 15,” Benjamin Millepied’s “Appassionata,” encore work to be announced

Program 3 (Feb. 14-24)
Tomasson’s “The Fifth Season,” Harald Lander’s “Etudes,” encore work to be announced

Program 4 (March 9-16)
Tomasson’s “The Sleeping Beauty”

Program 5 (March 27-April 7)
Premiere by Possokhov, two encore works to be announced

Program 6 (March 28-April 9)
Justin Peck’s “Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes,” new ballet by Liam Scarlett, encore work to be announced

Program 7 (April 19-28)
John Neumeier’s “The Little Mermaid”

Program 8 (May 7-12)
Alexi Ratmansky’s “Shostakovich Trilogy”

IF YOU GO
San Francisco Ballet 2019 season
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.
When: Jan. 23 through May 12, 2019
Tickets: $82 to $4,980 for subscriptions, on sale June 28, 2018; single tickets ($29 and up) on sale Oct. 2, 2018
Contact: (415) 865-2000, sfballet.org

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