San Francisco Ballet

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” --…

 

Benjamin Freemantle was in the spotlight on Trey McIntyre’s “Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem” on San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program C.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s Unbound fest reveals ties that bind

Contemporary ballet requires dancers to shift from rapid off-center neoclassicism to soft…

Benjamin Freemantle was in the spotlight on Trey McIntyre’s “Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem” on San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program C.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
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.…

Cathy Marston’s timeless “Snowblind” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program B. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
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)
Shannon Kurashige appears in Liss Fain Dance's "I Don't Know and Never Will" at ODC Theater in March.

Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Dance

The Bay Area dance community, and esteemed guests, have a lot lined…

Shannon Kurashige appears in Liss Fain Dance's "I Don't Know and Never Will" at ODC Theater in March.
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)
Sofiane Sylve is pictured in Balanchine’s “Serenade,” which appears in San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 Program 2. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet announces 2018 season

San Francisco Ballet has announced its 2018 repertory season. Subscriptions ($85-$2,592) go…

Sofiane Sylve is pictured in Balanchine’s “Serenade,” which appears in San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 Program 2. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Dores André dances the title role in Arthur Pita’s “Salome” in San Francisco Ballet's Program 5. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Stagecraft overpowers dance in SF Ballet’s ‘Salome’

It’s easy to see how choreographer Arthur Pita was inspired by David…

Dores André dances the title role in Arthur Pita’s “Salome” in San Francisco Ballet's Program 5. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Vitor Luiz, as the Creature, has the best part in San Francisco Ballet’s “Frankenstein.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson/ San Francisco Ballet)

Creature is best feature of SF Ballet’s ‘Frankenstein’

The best parts of San Francisco Ballet’s “Frankenstein” are well known from…

Vitor Luiz, as the Creature, has the best part in San Francisco Ballet’s “Frankenstein.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson/ San Francisco Ballet)
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)
Batsheva Dance Company is making a highly anticipated return to The City. (Courtesy Gadi Dagon)

2017 Winter Arts Preview: Dance

San Francisco Ballet Program 1: Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner Symphony,” Jirí Bubenícek’s Fragile…

Batsheva Dance Company is making a highly anticipated return to The City. (Courtesy Gadi Dagon)
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)
Funky, soulful Janelle Monáe is the first performer in Stern Grove’s 79th season, which begins June 19. (Courtesy Marc Baptiste)

Janelle Monáe kicks off Stern Grove’s 79th season of free concerts

Stern Grove Festival has announced its upcoming 79th season of outdoor summer…

Funky, soulful Janelle Monáe is the first performer in Stern Grove’s 79th season, which begins June 19. (Courtesy Marc Baptiste)
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)
Pascal Molat is excellent as Dr. Coppelius in San Francisco Ballet’s “Coppélia.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

‘Coppélia’ a confection best not overthought

With plenty of tulle, glitter and living dolls, San Francisco Ballet’s happy…

Pascal Molat is excellent as Dr. Coppelius in San Francisco Ballet’s “Coppélia.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)