SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, March 8, 2011—San Francisco Ballet—the oldest professional ballet company in America—has announced that it will perform at Orange County’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, September 27–October 2, 2011. The Company will present two programs over six performances, including SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s full-length production of Romeo & Juliet and a mixed-repertory program featuring a diverse array of acclaimed works by George Balanchine, Wayne McGregor, and SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov. The Company last performed in Orange County during its 75th Anniversary Tour in November 2008.
“SF Ballet has always enjoyed performing for Southern California audiences and we look forward to returning to Orange County,” remarked Tomasson. “I am delighted to present two programs that showcase the diverse repertory of the Company and the skill and versatility of the artists.”
San Francisco Ballet will present two programs, including two Southern California premieres, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. The mixed-repertory program, which will be performed on September 27 and 28 at 7:30pm, features the Southern California premieres of McGregor’s Chroma and Posskhov’s RAkU, in addition to Balanchine’s Symphony in C. Tomasson’s lavish, full-length production of Romeo & Juliet will be presented on September 30 at 7:30pm, October 1 at 2pm and 8pm, and October 2 at 2pm.
The mixed-repertory program will open with McGregor’s Chroma, a critically acclaimed showcase of contemporary choreography, set to music by Joby Talbot and Jack White III. Originally created for The Royal Ballet in 2006, the work has garnered a number of awards, including a Laurence Olivier Award for best new dance production, as well as a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for best classical choreography. The program also includes Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov’s latest work for the Company, RAkU. Set to a commissioned score by Shinji Eshima, the work premiered in February 2011 and was hailed as “a gripping, virtuoso piece” by the San Francisco Examiner. The program will conclude with Balanchine’s Symphony in C, set to the music of Georges Bizet. This full scale work was premiered in 1947 by the Paris Opéra Ballet and entered SF Ballet’s repertory in 1961.
Set to the lush Prokofiev score, Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet was created in 1994 and deemed “visually stunning” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The work was last performed during the Company’s 2010 Repertory Season.
San Francisco Ballet’s performances on tour are made possible in part by the following funds of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation: Lead Underwriters Osher Touring Fund Endowment, G. William Jewell Touring Fund, and 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, Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Touring Fund; Underwriters Davidson Bidwell and Edwin A. Waite Fund and Anne and Michelle Shonk Touring Fund. They provide permanent support for touring by SF Ballet.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.
Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center traces its roots back to the late 1960s when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing arts venue.
As Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization, Segerstrom Center for the Arts owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center’s studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. A spacious arts plaza anchors Segerstrom Center for Arts and is home to numerous free performances throughout the year as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ ongoing Free for All series.
The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.
In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region’s major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
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As America’s oldest professional ballet company and one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933. It performed the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first production of Coppélia choreographed by an American choreographer. 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 a year locally, nationally, and abroad. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for 25 years, 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, its first, in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance,” for its 2004 London tour. In 2006, San Francisco Ballet was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, San Francisco Ballet celebrated its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives that included a New Works Festival of 10 world premieres by 10 renowned choreographers. 2010 marked the 25th anniversary of SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s tenure with the Company.