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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT AT COPENHAGEN’S TIVOLI CONCERT HALL, AUGUST 21–27, 2010

SF Ballet Returns to Copenhagen after Twelve Years with Two Diverse Mixed-Repertory Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, February 16, 2010 — San Francisco Ballet the oldest professional ballet company in America, has announced that it will perform at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Concert Hall August 21–27, 2010. Over seven performances, the Company will present two mixed-repertory programs featuring works by SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, George Balanchine, and Christopher Wheeldon, among others.

“We are honored to return to Copenhagen’s renowned Tivoli Concert Hall for the first time in over a decade,” remarked San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. “Tivoli has a rich history of presenting world-class dance, and it is also a very special place for me personally, since I began my professional career there as a fifteen-year-old. I am delighted to present Danish audiences with two diverse programs that showcase the artistry of the Company.”

Tour to Copenhagen

San Francisco Ballet will present three European premieres on two mixed-repertory programs of four works each at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen. Program A, which will be performed on August 21 evening, 22 matinee and evening, and 27 evening, features Tomasson’s Prism and Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, and Jorma Elo’s Double Evil. Program B includes Possokhov’s Fusion, Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso, and Mark Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet and will be presented in three evening performances on August 24, 25 and 26.

Tivoli Concert Hall

Tivoli Gardens in the centre of Copenhagen is a unique mix of amusement park and performance venue. Founded in 1843 Tivoli offers spectacular, exotic architecture, exquisite gardens and scenery, two Michelin-starred restaurants and other fine dining as well as quality every-day meals, 25 rides, three open-air music venues, and a theatre performing the unique Danish pantomime. The Tivoli Concert Hall is home to the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra and presents 60 concerts every summer. Traditionally, every summer’s program also presents an international ballet company. Frequent visitors have been New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, but Tivoli has also had the pleasure of welcoming Martha Graham Dance Company, The Paris Opera Ballet Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pilobolus and many more. San Francisco Ballet last visited Tivoli in 1998.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tivoligardens.com.

San Francisco Ballet

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 marks the 25th anniversary of SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s tenure with the Company.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET’S 2010 TOURING SCHEDULE

TIVOLI CONCERT HALL
Copenhagen, Denmark
August 21-27, 2010

Program A—August 21 eve, 22 mat & eve, & 27 eve
Prism (Tomasson)
Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon)*
Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers (Tomasson)
Double Evil (Elo)*

Program B—August 24 eve, 25 eve, & 26 eve
Fusion (Possokhov)*
Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Balanchine)
Concerto Grosso (Tomasson)
Sandpaper Ballet (Morris)

*European Premiere

Schedule and Programming subject to change.
For updated touring information, visit www.sfballet.org.