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March 17, 2017

Two Special Farewell Performances on April 15 & 18 Will Honor Departing Principal Dancers Lorena Feijoo, Davit Karapetyan & Vanessa Zahorian

SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, March 17, 2017—San Francisco Ballet has announced two Farewell Performances: on Saturday, April 15 at 7pm for Principal Dancers Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan and on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30pm for Principal Dancer Lorena Feijoo. All three dancers are departing the Company following the 2017 Repertory Season. The first Farewell Performance on April 15 will feature Davit and Vanessa performing Tomasson’s Swan Lake, plus a video tribute. The second Farewell Performance on April 18 will be a standard performance of Program 7, with an additional pas de deux from Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird, which Lorena will perform with a partner. For the April 18 performance only, the program order will be as follows: Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour©, Myles Thatcher’s Ghost in the Machine, a video tribute to Lorena, a pas de deux from Scarlett’s Hummingbird, and SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Trio.

“Each of these three dancers is extraordinary and we will miss seeing them on the Opera House stage,” said Tomasson. “Our audiences have enjoyed their artistry for years and we look forward to celebrating them on these two, very special occasions.”

Lorena Feijoo
Born in Havana, Cuba, Lorena Feijoo trained at Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba. She danced with Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet of Monterrey, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and The Joffrey Ballet before joining SF Ballet as a principal dancer in 1999. Lorena’s major roles include Giselle in Tomasson’s Giselle; Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, Queen of the Snow, and Sugar Plum Fairy in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Aurora in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty; Juliet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; Odette/Odile in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; Kitri in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Bianca in Lubovitch’s Othello; and Goddess Diana in Morris’ Sylvia. She created principal roles in Tomasson’s Blue Rose and On Common Ground; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Tears; Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, Fusion, Reflections, Study in Motion, Swimmer, and Talk to Her (hable con ella); Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux; Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries; Wheeldon’s Quaternary and Number Nine; and Zanella’s Underskin. Her vast repertory also includes works by George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, William Forsythe, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Natalia Makarova, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, and Stanton Welch. As a guest artist, Lorena has performed extensively, including Pas de Deux from Don Quixote at the Benois de la Danse Gala at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 2011; Garcia’s Majismo at the American Ballet Theatre gala honoring José Manuel Carreño in 2011; and in ACT’s The Tosca Project in San Francisco in 2010.

Davit Karapetyan
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Davit trained at the Armenian School of Ballet and Schweizerische Ballettberufsschule. After dancing with Zurich Ballet, he joined SF Ballet as a principal dancer in 2005. Davit has danced many major roles including Albrecht in Tomasson’s Giselle, Romeo in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Prince Desiré in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Basilio in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Onegin in Cranko’s Onegin, Sea Witch in Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, and Prince Gillaume in Wheeldon’s Cinderella. In addition, he created roles in Tomasson’s Caprice, On a Theme of Paganini, and On Common Ground. Davit’s repertory is wide and varied, including works by choreographers George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Yuri Possokhov, Jerome Robbins, and Helgi Tomasson, among others. Davit danced the role of Romeo in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. In December 2008 Davit was featured as the Nutcracker Prince in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Tomasson’s Nutcracker, co-produced by SF Ballet and KQED Public Television San Francisco, in association with Thirteen/WNET New York. Davit’s many accolades and honors include winning an Emmy Award for his 2015 film, Meran vor Aprink, from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Francisco Northern California Chapter. In addition, in 2006, he won Best Couple with Vanessa in the senior division at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. He also received gold and silver medals at the Armenian Ballet Competition in 1997 and 1998, and was a prizewinner at the Prix de Lausanne in 1999.

Vanessa Zahorian
Vanessa, who hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania, trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. After an apprenticeship at the Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet, she joined SF Ballet in 1997, was promoted to soloist two years later, and to principal dancer in 2002. During her twenty year tenure, she has performed numerous lead roles in works by George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, and Christopher Wheeldon, among others. Among Vanessa’s major roles are Giselle and Myrtha in Tomasson’s Giselle, Juliet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Odette/Odile in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Kitri in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Swanilda in Balanchine’s Coppélia, Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin, Sylvia in Morris’ Sylvia, the Princess in Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, and Cinderella and Stepsister Edwina in Wheeldon’s Cinderella©. She also has created a number of roles in Elo’s Double Evil; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Fusion; and Tomasson’s Blue Rose, On a Theme of Paganini, and Trio, among others.  In December 2008, Vanessa was featured as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Tomasson’s Nutcracker, co-produced by SF Ballet and KQED Public Television San Francisco, in association with Thirteen/WNET New York. Vanessa’s honors include an Isadora Duncan Dance Special Award for “Many Faces of Giselle,” noting stellar interpretation of the title role, in 2012; best couple (with Davit) in the senior division at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2006; the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada, in 1999; and Best Young Soloist at the 2nd International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in 1996.

Farewell Performance Tickets
To purchase tickets to the Farewell Performance for Lorena on Tuesday, April 18, visit or call Ticket Services at 415.865.2000. Tickets start at $25. Tickets to Davit and Vanessa’s Farewell Performance on Saturday, April 15 go on sale to the general public on March 20. For more information, visit

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 and currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. The mission of SF Ballet is to share its joy of dance with the widest possible audience—in its community and worldwide—and to provide the highest caliber of dance training in its School.  Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. For more information, visit

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