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SF Ballet Returns to New York After Five Years with Eight New York Premieres Including Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella

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NEW YORK, Tuesday, May 21, 2013—San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, has announced that it will perform at New York’s Lincoln Center at the David H. Koch Theater, October 16–27, 2013. From October 16-20, the Company will present a variety of mixed-bill programs with works by Edwaard Liang, Serge Lifar, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, Yuri Possokhov, and Christopher Wheeldon. From October 23-27, SF Ballet presents the New York premiere of Wheeldon’s lavish new full-length ballet Cinderella. Two special pre-sale offers will be available online, beginning May 20 at Audience Rewards and beginning May 30 at Travelzoo. Tickets will be available to the general public starting June 10 by visiting sfballet.org or calling 212.496.0600.

“After five years, we are thrilled to return to New York—one of the Company’s favorite tour destinations,” remarked San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. “This fall we are especially excited to bring eight New York premieres including Christopher Wheeldon’s wonderful full-length production of Cinderella.”

From October 16-20 over six performances, SF Ballet will present four varied mixed-bill programs. Program A will be performed on Wednesday, October 16 and Saturday, October 19 at 8 pm. The program will feature the New York premiere of Tomasson’s Trio, set to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence” and called “elegant and engrossing” by The Los Angeles Times. The work in three movements was premiered on SF Ballet’s 2010 Repertory Season. Wheeldon’s Ghosts, a New York premiere, is set to music by C.F. Kip Winger and was deemed “…original and astonishingly atmospheric…utterly gripping” by The London Independent. Wayne McGregor’s Borderlands, premiered during SF Ballet’s 2013 Repertory Season, is set to an electronic score by Joel Cadbury and Paul Stoney. The work, a New York premiere, was inspired by the contemporary visual artist Josef Albers. Program B will be performed on Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm and includes Tomasson’s Trio, Wheeldon’s Ghosts, and Lifar’s Suite en Blanc. Rarely seen in the U.S., Lifar’s Suite en Blanc was first performed by Paris Opera Ballet in Zurich, in 1943. Set to the music of composer Édouard Lalo, the work was first performed by SF Ballet on its 2013 Repertory Season.

Program C will be performed Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 at 8 pm, and includes Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Morris’ Beaux, Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, and Liang’s Symphonic Dances. Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, a New York premiere, is set to the music of Moritz Moszkowski and premiered on SF Ballet’s 2013 Repertory Season. The work offers charming dances from a myriad of countries; The New York Times noted, “…[the ballet] has original details that show why Mr. Ratmansky is in such high demand.” Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premiere on the Company’s 2010 Repertory Season and was inspired by ballet history and Possokhov’s own classical Russian ballet training. The San Francisco Chronicle deemed the work “likely to delight ballet diehards and newcomers in equal measure.” Liang’s Symphonic Dances premiered on SF Ballet’s 2012 Repertory Season and is set to the music of Sergei Rachmaninov. Called “a brushfire of a work” by the California Literary Review, the work is a New York premiere and features costume design by Mark Zappone and lighting design by Jack Mehler.

Program D will be performed on Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm and includes Lifar’s Suite en Blanc, Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, and Liang’s Symphonic Dances.

The New York premiere of Wheeldon’s full-length production of Cinderella will be performed Wednesday, October 23 at 8 pm; Thursday, October 24 at 8 pm; Friday, October 25 at 8 pm; Saturday, October 26 at 2 pm and 8 pm; and Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm. The acclaimed work, a co-production with Dutch National Ballet, was first performed in December 2012 by the Dutch company, and the U.S. premiere was presented by SF Ballet in May 2013. This production is a New York premiere and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. The Financial Times noted, “[This production is]…the most dramatically convincing Cinderella in ballet, a triumph of storytelling and stage design firmly in touch with the 21st century” and the San Francisco Chronicle noted that “all Cinderellas should look and dance as well as this one.” Set to a score by Sergei Prokofiev and inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, the ballet features a libretto by Craig Lucas, a renowned Tony Award-nominated playwright, director, and screenwriter, known for, among other works, Light in the Piazza and Prelude to a Kiss. Cinderella also features scenic and costume design by Julian Crouch, renowned for his work with the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway; lighting design by Natasha Katz; tree and carriage sequence direction/design by Obie Award winner Basil Twist; and projection design by Daniel Brodie.

Images & B-roll
For images, contact Erik Almlie at ealmlie@sfballet.org or 415.865.6609.

For b-roll, contact Lauren White at lwhite@sfballet.org or 415.865.6610.

Special Thanks
San Francisco Ballet’s New York Tour is made possible in part by Lead Corporate Sponsor First Republic Bank, and Sponsors Elizabeth and Richard Fullerton, Sandra and James Katzman, Randee and Joseph Seiger, and Ms. Susan A. Van Wagner.

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 Fund, and Anne and Michelle Shonk Touring Fund.

The 2013 San Francisco Ballet premiere of Cinderella was made possible by New Productions Fund Lead Sponsors Mrs. Jeannik Méquet Littlefield, and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Osterweis; Major Sponsors Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, and Larry and Joyce Stupski; and Sponsors Richard C. Barker, Christine H. Russell Fund of the Columbia Foundation, Suzy Kellems Dominik, Stephanie Barlage Ejabat, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and Cecilia and Jim Herbert.

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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 December 2011. In 2012, SF Ballet’s ambitious tour schedule included engagements in London and Washington, D.C., as well as first time visits to Hamburg, Moscow, and Sun Valley, Idaho. For more information, visit sfballet.org.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET 2013 NEW YORK TOUR SCHEDULE


DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, LINCOLN CENTER New York October 16-27, 2013


Program A—October 16 & 19, 8 pm

Trio* (Tomasson)
Ghosts* (Wheeldon)
Borderlands* (McGregor)

Program B—October 19, 2 pm

Trio (Tomasson)
Ghosts (Wheeldon)
Suite en Blanc (Lifar)

Program C—October 17 & 18, 8 pm

From Foreign Lands* (Ratmansky)
Beaux* (Morris)
Classical Symphony* (Possokhov)
Symphonic Dances* (Liang)

Program D—October 20, 2 pm

Suite en Blanc (Lifar)
From Foreign Lands (Ratmansky)
Symphonic Dances (Liang)

Cinderella—October 23, 24, 25 & 26 at 8 pm; October 26 & 27 at 2 pm

Cinderella* (Wheeldon)


*New York Premiere