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Hamburg Ballet Presents Two Special Performances
at the War Memorial Opera House, February 12 & 13, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, February  3, 2014—San Francisco Ballet is pleased to welcome back the acclaimed Hamburg Ballet for two special performances at the War Memorial Opera House, Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30pm and Thursday, February 13 at 8:00pm.  Hamburg Ballet will present the full-length production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreographed and staged by Hamburg Ballet Artistic Director John Neumeier.

“My relationship with John extends back to my days as a dancer at the Harkness Ballet and I’m thrilled that we’re able to present his excellent company for two performances during our current season,” said SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. “It’s always a pleasure working with John and Hamburg Ballet and I know that Bay Area audiences will love this charming and unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Neumeier’s popular adaptation of the beloved Shakespeare comedy was premiered by Hamburg Ballet in 1977 and features stage and costume design by Jürgen Rose, with music by Felix Mendelssohn and György Ligeti. Upon its premiere in America, The New York Times proclaimed the production “…[a] truly spectacular treatment of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Last February, as part of the Company’s 2013 Repertory Season, Hamburg Ballet appeared on the Opera House stage in Neumeier’s Nijinsky, and in 2010, SF Ballet presented the United States premiere of Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid.

For more information on the Hamburg Ballet engagement or SF Ballet’s 2014 Repertory Season, visit: sfballet.org.

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 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.”