Helgi Tomasson

Sofiane Sylve and Aaron Robison in Danielle Rowe’s “UnSaid” were the highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s 2019 gala performance. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet opens 86th season with dazzling duets

San Francisco Ballet gave its 2019 opening gala performance an appropriate title:…

 

From left, Mingxuan Wang, Jim Sohm and Kristi DeCaminada (as the grandparents) and Lauren Parrott -- along with San Francisco Ballet School students -- appeared opening night Dec. 12 of San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 “Nutcracker.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s 2018 ‘Nutcracker’ underway with good cheer

In Wednesday’s opening of San Francisco Ballet’s 74th year of “Nutcracker” --…

 

Cathy Marston’s timeless “Snowblind” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program B. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet loosens up in ‘Unbound’

There are social uprisings going on, from #MeToo to Black Lives Matter.…

 

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…

Mathilde Froustey dances in a 2015 performance of “Don Quixote,” which opens San Francisco Ballet’s 2019 season. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
“The Cage,” Jerome Robbins’ edgy 1951 dance, is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Program 5. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Drama, beauty in SF Ballet’s Robbins’ showcase

In celebrating the centennial of choreographer Jerome Robbins’ birth, San Francisco Ballet…

“The Cage,” Jerome Robbins’ edgy 1951 dance, is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Program 5. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Sasha De Sola, with Sean Orza, danced the title role on opening night of San Francisco Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s sumptuous, splendid ‘Sleeping Beauty’

In the 21st century, San Francisco Ballet is executing the classics with…

Sasha De Sola, with Sean Orza, danced the title role on opening night of San Francisco Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet men stood out in Justin Peck’s “Rodeo.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet goes boldly into the future

The most thrilling number in San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 opening gala was…

San Francisco Ballet men stood out in Justin Peck’s “Rodeo.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Frances Chung and Vitor Luiz danced the Queen and King of the Snow roles on opening night of San Francisco Ballet's 2017  production of "Nutcracker." (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ a dazzling tradition

It wouldn’t be the holiday season in The City without San Francisco…

Frances Chung and Vitor Luiz danced the Queen and King of the Snow roles on opening night of San Francisco Ballet's 2017  production of "Nutcracker." (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Yuri Possokhov’s timely and affecting “Optimistic Tragedy” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet's 2017 Program 2.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet goes boldly into the future

For artistic director Helgi Tomasson and San Francisco Ballet, it’s not enough…

Yuri Possokhov’s timely and affecting “Optimistic Tragedy” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet's 2017 Program 2.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet dancers rocked the world premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s “The Chairman Dances.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet goes contemporary in 2017 gala

There were tutus in just two of 11 numbers in San Francisco…

San Francisco Ballet dancers rocked the world premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s “The Chairman Dances.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured in March, is rumored to be romantically involved with Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife Wendi Deng. (Courtesy/Maxim Shemetov/Pool photo via AP)

Scoop: New couple alert — Russian president and Murdoch’s ex

Us Weekly has a wild, international, corridors-of-power new couple alert: Rumors are…

Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured in March, is rumored to be romantically involved with Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife Wendi Deng. (Courtesy/Maxim Shemetov/Pool photo via AP)
Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets appear in Helgi Tomasson’s “Swan Lake” on San Francisco Ballet’s Program 3. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

White swan, black swan, love and death at S.F. Ballet

Good versus evil rarely has center stage in popular entertainment, unless it’s…

Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets appear in Helgi Tomasson’s “Swan Lake” on San Francisco Ballet’s Program 3. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Sofiane Sylve stands out in San Francisco Ballet Program 1’s “Pas/Parts.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet Program 1: Let’s hear it for the boys

What do you get when you mix choreographers Helgi Tomasson, Yuri Possokhov…

Sofiane Sylve stands out in San Francisco Ballet Program 1’s “Pas/Parts.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet’s Sofiane Sylve and Carlo Di Lanno dance in William Forsythe’s “Pas/Parts.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

S.F. Ballet 2016 gala offers classics, couples

San Francisco Ballet opened its 83rd season Thursday with lovely classics and…

San Francisco Ballet’s Sofiane Sylve and Carlo Di Lanno dance in William Forsythe’s “Pas/Parts.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
COURTESY  ERIK TOMASSONSan Francisco Ballet presents longtime favorite “Swan Lake” on Program 3 of its 2016 season.

S.F. Ballet 2016 Season

San Francisco Ballet has announced its 2016 repertory season. Subscriptions ($75-$1,504) go…

COURTESY  ERIK TOMASSONSan Francisco Ballet presents longtime favorite “Swan Lake” on Program 3 of its 2016 season.
COURTESY ERIK TOMASSONSan Francisco Ballet's lavish "Romeo and Juliet" is choreographed by Helgi Tomasson and designed by Jens-Jacob Worsaae.

S.F. Ballet's ‘Romeo and Juliet’ fresh and vital

Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is more than four centuries old: Ballet versions…

COURTESY ERIK TOMASSONSan Francisco Ballet's lavish "Romeo and Juliet" is choreographed by Helgi Tomasson and designed by Jens-Jacob Worsaae.
Erik Tomasson/San Francisco BalletLorena Feijoo and Vitor Luiz in Caniparoli's "A Cinderella Story" on Thursday at the San Francisco Ballet's opening night gala.

San Francisco Ballet, Helgi Tomasson shine in opener

When in doubt, start the show off with a gaggle of adorable…

Erik Tomasson/San Francisco BalletLorena Feijoo and Vitor Luiz in Caniparoli's "A Cinderella Story" on Thursday at the San Francisco Ballet's opening night gala.
COURTESY ERIK TOMASSONYuan Yuan Tan danced the title role in the San Francisco Ballet’s season-opening production of “Giselle.”

SF Ballet’s ‘Giselle’ could use more drama

The San Francisco Ballet opened its 81st season with “Giselle,” a nearly…

COURTESY ERIK TOMASSONYuan Yuan Tan danced the title role in the San Francisco Ballet’s season-opening production of “Giselle.”
Courtesy photoMyles Thatcher is vibrant as a dancing doll in the San Francisco Ballet’s lavish production of “Nutcracker.”

Season’s greetings in SF Ballet ‘Nutcracker’

Legend has it that Tchaikovsky was not satisfied with his “Nutcracker” score.…

Courtesy photoMyles Thatcher is vibrant as a dancing doll in the San Francisco Ballet’s lavish production of “Nutcracker.”
COURTESY PHOTOPassion: San Francisco Ballet's Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada dance in Yuri Possokhov's “Francesca da Rimini.”

Dante lives at San Francisco Ballet

Tragedy has attracted artists since time immemorial, and Yuri Possokhov’s “Francesca da…

COURTESY PHOTOPassion: San Francisco Ballet's Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada dance in Yuri Possokhov's “Francesca da Rimini.”