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February 11, 2016

San Francisco Ballet Hosts Second Annual Sensorium: an Evening of Dance, Art & Music, on March 23

SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, February 11, 2015—San Francisco Ballet presents the second annual Sensorium on Wednesday, March 23, from 7:30pm to midnight. The event, held at the War Memorial Opera House, will feature dance, art, and music, with a “pool”-themed After Party following the performance. The evening will be hosted by local artist and former Twitter product innovation team leader James Buckhouse.

“When we first conceived of Sensorium as an event to introduce a younger crowd to the art form of ballet, we had no idea how successful it would be,” said SF Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy. “But last spring we were so pleased that the event was so well-received and even more impressed by the enthusiasm and goodwill of the attendees. This year, we have an especially exciting program and we look forward to sharing our joy of dance with an even wider audience.”

Doors to Sensorium will open at 7:30pm and attendees are invited to explore pop-up experiences and purchase drinks and food before the performance, which begins at 8:30pm. The 90-minute performance will include two works that share a theme of reflection and refraction: Yuri Possokhov’s Swimmer and William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016. Following the performance, a “pool”-themed After Party will be held in the Opera House basement with DJ Chris Clouse spinning. Concurrently, other pop-up activities will take place in the lobby spaces throughout the Opera House.

Possokhov’s Swimmer, inspired by the John Cheever story entitled "The Swimmer," pays homage to American art of all types—literature, film, fine art, and music—that has inspired Possokhov in some way. The multi-media extravaganza features music by Shinji Eshima, Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, and Gavin Bryars; with scenic design by Alexander V. Nichols, costume design by Mark Zappone, lighting design by David Finn, and video design by Kate Duhamel. Swimmer premiered to much acclaim, with the San Jose Mercury News calling it “youthful, quirky, and visually arresting.”

Forsythe’s daring Pas/Parts 2016 is a high velocity showcase for 15 dancers, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “classical in its language…yet resolutely contemporary.” Pas/Parts 2016 is set to an electronic score by Thom Willems, comprised of 21 sections of various styles from jazzy to orchestral. The Company performed the North American and American company premieres of the work during Program 1 of the 2016 Season. The original Pas/Parts was set on Paris Opéra Ballet in 1999 and was extensively reworked for SF Ballet; the Company is only the second to perform the ballet. Pas/Parts 2016 features scenic and lighting design by William Forsythe and costume design by Stephen Galloway.

Pre-sale Tickets
Pre-sale tickets for general seating ($29) and a discounted VIP Box Experience ($105 for Box Center or $75 for Box Side) will be available until February 23 for members of The List and ENCORE! at Those who purchase the VIP Box Experience have access to the best seats in the house, an intermission mixer with the dancers, and a complimentary copy of SF Ballet’s Season Guide. Prices for the VIP Box Experience will increase to $150 for Box Center or $90 for Box Side after February 23.

About The List and ENCORE!
The List, a rush ticket program for those ages 21-39, offers access to some of the best seats in the Opera House as well as invitations to exclusive insider events. ENCORE! hosts premier social, networking, and educational events for young Bay Area men and women interested in gaining a perspective of SF Ballet from behind the scenes. To join The List or learn more, visit To join ENCORE! or learn more, visit 

General Public Tickets
Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 24 at General seating is $29, and the VIP Box Experience is $150 for Box Center or $90 for Box Side.

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, 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. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.” 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet.

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