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San Francisco Ballet (© Erik Tomasson)

Sofiane Sylve in Balanchine's Serenade (Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson)

Journey from the roots of classical ballet in America to the cutting-edge of contemporary dance. George Balanchine’s Serenade was his first U.S. commission. Don’t miss the Company that “ranks as one of the leading exponents of Balanchine repertory and style in America” (The New York Times) in this supremely elegant work. The program also includes Yuri Possokhov’s deeply emotional RAkU, “a gripping, virtuoso piece” (San Francisco Examiner) and the 20th anniversary celebration of Val Caniparoli’s sensational Lambarena, a work that fuses the classicism of a Johann Sebastian Bach score with traditional African dance and music.

Performance Dates

Tuesday, January 27, 8pm
Wednesday, January 28, 7:30pm
Friday, January 30, 8pm
Sunday, February 1, 2pm
Thursday, February 5, 8pm
Saturday, February 7, 2pm
Saturday, February 7, 8pm


The 2011 world premiere of RAkU was made possible by Lead Sponsors Yurie and Carl Pascarella, and Athena and Timothy Blackburn; and Sponsors Stephen and Margaret Gill, and the H. B. and Lucille Horn Foundation.

The 1995 world premiere of Lambarena was made possible in part by a 1994 Choo-San Goh Award for choreography from the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Brautigam-Kaplan Foundation.

Choreographer: George Balanchine

Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov’s

Choreographer: Val Caniparoli


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Monday – Friday
10 am – 4 pm

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