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March 21, 2012

San Francisco Ballet Announces One-Night Only Performance at Sun Valley Pavilion in Sun Valley, Idaho

SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, March 21, 2012—San Francisco Ballet has announced that it will present a one-night only performance of seven works at the Sun Valley Pavilion on July 8 at 7:30pm, in Sun Valley, Idaho. This engagement will anchor an ambitious summer/fall tour that includes appearances in Hamburg, Germany; London; Moscow; and Washington, D.C.

This SF Ballet performance will kick-off Sun Valley’s Summer of the Arts, which includes four weeks of performances by the highly acclaimed Sun Valley Summer Symphony; music performances and events sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts; and the well-known Sun Valley Writers’ Conference in late August.

“I am so pleased that SF Ballet has an opportunity to perform in Sun Valley for the first time,” said SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. “I’ve chosen a diverse array of works that I know the Sun Valley audience will enjoy and that I believe showcases the talent and depth of the Company artists.”

The performance will include Tomasson’s 7 for Eight; a pas de deux from William Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated; a pas de deux from David Bintley’s The Dance House; Hans van Manen’s Solo; a pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain; and a pas de deux from Don Quixote, Act III.

Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, premiered in 2004 and was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a dance dedicated to pure movement and even purer passion.” Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated is considered a contemporary masterpiece and is set to music by Thom Willems; the work was commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev in 1987 for the Paris Opera Ballet. Bintley’s critically acclaimed The Dance House, set to Dmitri Shostakovich's first piano concerto, was given its world premiere by SF Ballet in 1995. Van Manen’s Solo, set to the music of Bach, is a charming, six-minute tour de force for three male dancers. The work was created for Nederlands Dans Theater in 1997 and was most recently presented by SF Ballet on its 2012 Opening Night Gala. Wheeldon’s lyrical After the Rain, set to the music of Arvo Pärt, was described by The New York Times as “…a ballet that is as full of choreographic invention as the scores are full of musical invention.” The full work was originally performed by New York City Ballet in 2005. Don Quixote, choreographed after Alexander Gorsky and Marius Petipa, is set to the music of Ludwig Minkus and based on the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The work was originally performed by Ballet Imperial at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1869.

Individual Tickets
Tickets go on sale March 21. Individual tickets for the Sun Valley engagement range from $25-500.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 415.865.2000 or visit

Individual Sponsor Packages
Individual sponsor packages starting at $2,500 are available and include premium performance tickets, a private dinner with dancers on July 6, a cocktail reception on July 8, and recognition in the performance program. For more information contact Laura Drake at or 208.721.3362.

This visit by the San Francisco Ballet to the Sun Valley Pavilion is made possible by the generous donations of the performance sponsors. In the event that proceeds from these donations, together with ticket sales, exceed the costs of the performance, the excess will be donated to Wood River Valley arts organizations and recognized charities that have assisted in bringing this performance to the Sun Valley community.

The Sun Valley Pavilion is one of the most beautiful outdoor performance venues in the world. The Idaho sky and mountains inspired the 1,600-seat structure built in 2008.  The surrounding landscape is sculpted into an undulating park gently elevated like a natural amphitheatre that features lawn seating for another 2,500 guests who can enjoy the performance projected onto a large outdoor screen. 

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.

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