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A Message Regarding the COVID-19 Virus

A Message Regarding the COVID-19 Virus

UPDATE: March 21, 2020

A message from Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Executive Director Kelly Tweeddale to the extended San Francisco Ballet family

All of us at San Francisco Ballet hope that wherever you are in the world you are safe, you are healthy, and you know we stand ready to bring beauty back to your life when the time is right.

Over the past couple of weeks, our dancers, musicians, faculty, and students have come together, first to dance an enchanting Opening Night production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a work that hadn’t been seen on our stage in over 34 years. After a beautiful opening, the harsh reality of COVID-19 settled in, followed by mandated closures of the War Memorial Opera House, shortly followed by the reality that we would suspend classes at our professional school, and a statewide “shelter in place” order.

Our staff and faculty have worked tirelessly to ensure our students’ safety as we arranged for promising young dancers to return to their families and homes. For some, that meant securing safe travel across the country and for others, arranging international travel to other continents, all amidst the backdrop of a public health emergency.

As we stand in solidarity in this moment with everyone around the world who has been impacted by this pandemic, our deepest regret is the inability to perform for our audiences. We exist for our public, and there is nothing more heartbreaking for our dancers who are top athletes, our musicians and our theatrical trades who are creators, and those of us who have committed our lives to the performing arts sector than to be asked to stop performing and/or creating. But we know that it is for the public good and we are doing our part to keep each other safe and to guarantee that our art form survives.

Resiliency is our call to each other and to our beloved public. As a non-profit organization, we are struggling to keep our workforce paid and health benefits in place. As our artists and staff try to navigate this unprecedented challenge, it is important that the anxiety of paying rent, accessing health care, or caring for their families isn’t exacerbated by mass layoffs or furloughs.

While we can hope that legislation offering relief and economic stimulus materializes, the reality is that those well-meaning efforts often forget our artists, overlook the non-profit sector, and may take many months to materialize, if ever. The stark reality is, San Francisco Ballet has not faced a challenge of this magnitude and we will need your help not only now, but also in the future. Whatever the circumstances, our collective organization is committed to using its creativity to inspire and comfort our community, our dance colleagues, and our world.

Please consider donating your unused tickets—all proceeds will go to support our workforce. We know we are not the only organization impacted by COVID-19, but we believe that what we do—the art of human expression—will be a part of how we recover. We will continue to share the joy of dance with the world, and early next week, we will share a meaningful way to invite your involvement and support.

Sincerely,

Helgi Tomasson
Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer

 

Kelly Tweeddale
Executive Director

 

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UPDATE: March 17, 2020

With the health and safety of our patrons, community, artists, and workforce as our first priority, San Francisco Ballet remains responsive to changing conditions surrounding COVID-19.

In compliance with the City of San Francisco’s March 16 public health order requiring all residents in six counties to stay home starting Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, April 7 except for essential needs, I want to share with you that unfortunately, San Francisco Ballet has suspended all remaining performances of the 2020 Season. This includes Jewels (April 15 – 21) and Romeo & Juliet (May 1 – 10). This decision follows previous announcements confirming the suspension of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Program 05, and Program 06 (March 7 – April 5) due to the limitation of public gatherings through April 30th. This suspension also includes all public education and special events that were previously scheduled for March and part of April.

During this time, we will continue to provide updates via email, as well as on our website and social media channels. Please note: due to the closure of our offices, SF Ballet Ticket and Patron Services will not be available by phone, but will be available for your inquiries via email at tickets@sfballet.org.

All of us at San Francisco Ballet are deeply touched by the outpouring of concern and support from so many of you. Please know that during these extraordinary times, we are exploring ways to stay connected with our valued patrons, and remain in close discussion with the arts sector to find ways we can bring live performances back to the community.

TICKET HOLDERS OF SUSPENDED PERFORMANCES

For those of you who have missed, or will miss, your performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Program 05, Program 06, Jewels, and/or Romeo & Juliet, we are happy to offer you two options:

  • We sincerely hope you will consider donating your tickets back to SF Ballet as a tax-deductible contribution. In this crisis, we need your support more than ever. If you have already donated or requested a credit for your tickets, you do not need to make a selection again, thank you.
  • You may opt to receive a credit for the face value of your ticket(s). This credit may be used toward the 2021 Season, through May 9, 2021. Please note this does not include Nutcracker or special event related performances. Please click the button below and complete the form.

In addition, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson wants to be sure that our valued patrons do not miss out on what is truly a magnificent production – therefore, we are happy to inform you that A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be included as part of the 2021 Repertory Season.

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UPDATE: March 12, 2020

We know the events happening in our community and around the world are unsettling. All of us here at San Francisco Ballet send our caring wishes to those affected by the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus. In return, we deeply appreciate the outpouring of empathy and support during this challenging time.

On Wednesday, March 11, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials have issued an updated policy on public gatherings being limited to no more than 250 people, at least through March. As such, we deeply regret to inform you that as well as canceling A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we are unable to continue producing Programs 5 and 6 of our 2020 Season and will be canceling all those performances. While this is disappointing and presents continued serious ramifications for our organization, our priority remains the care and safety of our patrons, artists, students, and staff.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, PROGRAM 05, and Program 06 TICKET HOLDERS

For those of you who have missed, or will miss, your performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Program 05, or Program 06, we are happy to offer you two options:

  • We sincerely hope you will consider donating your tickets back to SF Ballet as a tax-deductible contribution. In this crisis, we need your support more than ever. If you have already donated or requested a credit for your tickets, you do not need to make a selection again, thank you.
  • You may opt to receive a credit for the face value of your ticket(s). This credit may be used toward any regularly scheduled performance for the remainder of the 2020 Season, or the 2021 Season, through May 9, 2021. Please note this does not include Nutcracker or special event related performances. Please click the button below and complete the form.

In addition, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson wants to be sure that our valued patrons do not miss out on what is truly a magnificent production – therefore, we are happy to inform you that A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be included as part of the 2021 Repertory Season.

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UPDATE: March 6, 2020

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SAN FRANCISCO BALLET 

Early Friday evening, March 6, 2020, San Francisco Ballet received a communication from the War Memorial Performing Arts Center with the following statement: 

“By order of Mayor London N. Breed, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all public performances, events, and gatherings at the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center are hereby canceled from Saturday, 3/7/20, through Friday, 3/20/20.”  

Therefore, it is with deep regret that we inform you that in compliance with Mayor Breed’s order, all performances of San Francisco Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Saturday, March 7 through Sunday, March 15 will not be taking place 

TICKET HOLDERS 

A situation of this magnitude is unprecedented for our organization and we are working to be as responsive as possible in real-time. We assure you that we will follow up with a detailed communication early the week of March 9th, which will outline appropriate options and next steps for you as a ticket holder.  

OTHER SF BALLET EVENTS & ACTIVITIES 

At this time, all other San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School events and activities not taking place at the War Memorial Opera House are scheduled to proceed as planned. Any changes will be posted to our website or sent to you directly by email 

It remains San Francisco Ballet’s priority to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, artists, students, and staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we sort out the many implications we are faced with in this situation.