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SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, May 5, 2014—San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, has announced that it will perform in Paris at the Les Etés de la Danse Festival from July 10-26, 2014. The festival, an annual event that presents world-class classical and contemporary dance, will be held at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Over 18 performances plus a one-night gala, SF Ballet will present over 20 works by a range of choreographers including George Balanchine, SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Jerome Robbins, SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, and Christopher Wheeldon, among others. SF Ballet last performed in Paris during the inaugural festival in 2005.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Paris in July 2014 with a diverse repertory of classical and contemporary works, many of them Parisian premieres, that will showcase the breadth and depth of the Company’s talent,” remarked SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. “We’re also happy to return to the Les Etés de la Danse Festival for the first time since its inaugural season ten years ago.”

SF Ballet Gala & Performances

SF Ballet’s Paris engagement will kick-off with a gala performance at 8pm on Thursday, July 10 that includes 11 full works and excerpts such as Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Tomasson’s Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, Johann Kobborg’s Les Lutins, a pas de deux from Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto, Diana and Acteon pas de deux (after Vaganova), a pas de deux from Balanchine’s Agon, a pas de deux from Sir Frederick Ashton’s Voices of Spring, an excerpt from Renato Zanella’s Alles Walzer, Victor Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique, a pas de deux from Wheeldon’s After the Rain, and the fourth movement and finale from Balanchine’s Symphony in C.

From July 11-26, following the gala performance, the Company will perform every week night at 8pm with two performances on Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm. The repertory will include a series of mixed-bill performances and a full performance schedule is attached. There will be no performances on Sundays. For more information visit sfballet.org or to purchase tickets, visit lesetesdeladanse.com.

Les Etés de la Danse

Les Etés de la Danse is an annual dance festival that began in July 2005 with an extremely well received engagement of San Francisco Ballet. Addressing the lack of major performing arts presentations during the summer in Paris, the festival brings the world’s greatest companies to enthusiastic audiences in the city that many consider the European capital of dance. Madame Jacques Chirac, former First Lady of France, is the honorary president of the festival; Marina de Brantes, a leader of numerous artistic and humanitarian organizations, is the president of a prestigious board composed of a number of prominent cultural, social, business, and political figures. Valery Colin, a former dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet, is the festival’s founder and director.

Thousands of people from all over the world attend each summer’s festival of Les Etés de la Danse to see performances, films, open classes, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Special Thanks

San Francisco Ballet’s Paris tour is made possible in part by Major Sponsors Donald F. Houghton, Lucy Jewett, Bob Ross Foundation, The Seiger Family Foundation, and Miles Archer Woodlief; and Sponsors Elizabeth Pang Fullerton and Richard Fullerton, Teri and Andy Goodman, and Mr. and Mrs. James N. Sullivan.

The following funds of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation provide permanent support for touring by San Francisco Ballet: Lead Underwriters Osher Touring Fund, G. William Jewell Touring Fund, The Hellman Family Touring Fund; Major Underwriters Frannie and Mort Fleishhacker Touring Fund, Stephen and Margaret Gill Family Foundation Touring Fund, Teri and Andy Goodman Touring Fund, Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Touring Fund, Bob Ross Foundation Touring Fund, Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Touring Fund; Underwriters Davidson Bidwell-Waite and Edwin A. Waite Touring Fund, Glenn McCoy Touring Fund, Phyllis W. Nelson Touring Fund, and Anne and Michelle Shonk Touring Fund.

San Francisco Ballet

As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for more than two decades, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious

Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe p>magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. Recent highlights include a tour to the People’s Republic of China, the celebration of Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s 25th anniversary with the Company, and the United States premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, which was broadcast internationally, as well as nationally on PBS’s Great Performances “Dance in America” in 2011. In 2012, SF Ballet’s ambitious tour schedule included first time visits to Hamburg, Moscow, and Sun Valley, Idaho. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.”

 

PARIS TOUR SCHEDULE

Thurs. July 10, 8pm: (Gala Opening); Classical Symphony* (Possokhov), Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers (Tomasson), Les Lutins (Kobborg), pas de deux from Concerto (MacMillan), Diana and Acteon pas de deux (after Vaganova), pas de deux from Agon (Balanchine), Voices of Spring (Ashton), an excerpt from Alles Walzer (Zanella), Grand Pas Classique (Gsovsky), After the Rain pas de deux (Wheeldon), 4th movement and finale from Symphony in C  (Balanchine)

Fri., July 11, 8pm: Caprice* (Tomasson), Ghosts* (Wheeldon), The Four Temperaments (Balanchine)

Sat., July 12, 3pm: Allegro Brillante (Balanchine), Solo (van Manen), In the Night (Robbins), Glass Pieces (Robbins)

Sat., July 12, 8pm: Classical Symphony (Possokhov), Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers (Tomasson), Ghosts (Wheeldon), Symphonic Dances* (Liang)

Mon., July 14, 8pm: Maelstrom (Morris), Agon (Balanchine), Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon)

Tues., July 15, 8pm: Caprice (Tomasson), Agon (Balanchine), Glass Pieces (Robbins)

Wed., July 16, 8pm: Caprice (Tomasson), Hummingbird* (Scarlett), Symphonic Dances (Liang)

Thurs., July 17, 8pm: Maelstrom (Morris), Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon), Glass Pieces (Robbins)

Fri., July 18, 8pm: Classical Symphony (Possokhov), Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers (Tomasson), Ghosts (Wheeldon), Piano Concerto #1* (Ratmansky)

Sat., July 19, 3pm: Classical Symphony (Possokhov), In the Night (Robbins), Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon)

Sat., July 19, 8pm: Symphony #9* (Ratmansky), Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon), The Four Temperaments (Balanchine)

Mon., July 21, 8pm: The Fifth Season* (Tomasson), In the Night (Robbins), The Four Temperaments (Balanchine)

Tues., July 22, 8pm: Allegro Brillante (Balanchine), Solo (Van Manen), Maelstrom (Morris), Piano Concerto #1 (Ratmansky)

Wed., July 23, 8pm: Symphony #9 (Ratmansky), Agon (Balanchine), Symphonic Dances (Liang)

Thurs., July 24, 8pm: Allegro Brillante (Balanchine), Solo (Van Manen), Hummingbird (Scarlett), Piano Concerto #1 (Ratmansky)

Fri., July 25, 8pm: The Fifth Season (Tomasson), Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon), Symphonic Dances (Liang)

Sat., July 26, 3pm: The Fifth Season (Tomasson), Pas de deux from Concerto (MacMillan), Solo (Van Manen), Piano Concerto #1 (Ratmansky)

Sat., July 26, 8pm: Symphony #9 (Ratmansky), Hummingbird (Scarlett), Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon)

*Paris Premiere