Press Releases

February 7, 2017

San Francisco Ballet Hosts Third Annual Sensorium: A Popular Evening of Dance, Art, and Music on March 21, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, February 7, 2017—San Francisco Ballet presents the third annual Sensorium at the War Memorial Opera House on Tuesday, March 21, from 7:30pm to midnight. SF Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has created an innovative, interactive evening, tailored toward a younger audience. In addition to a performance by SF Ballet, accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra, the event will feature an original lobby installation, food and drink, interactive pop-up experiences, and a themed After Party. Local artist and former Twitter product innovation team leader James Buckhouse will once again host the evening.

“It’s been thrilling to see our past Sensorium events so well attended and this upcoming event promises to be just as fun and vibrant,” said SF Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy. “There is something for everyone at Sensorium, including a chance to dance alongside SF Ballet dancers at the After Party—and no previous knowledge of ballet is required.”

Doors to Sensorium will open at 7:30pm and attendees are invited to explore pop-up experiences and an original installation in the lobby, and to purchase drinks and food before the performance, which begins at 8:30pm. The performance will include two works: George Balanchine’s Diamonds and Liam Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries. Following the performance, an After Party will be held in the Opera House basement with a DJ spinning. Concurrently, other pop-up activities will take place in the lobby spaces throughout the Opera House.

Balanchine’s Diamonds is the third section of Balanchine’s full-evening work Jewels. Set to music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Diamonds was premiered by New York City Ballet in 1967 and was first performed by SF Ballet as part of the evening-length Jewels in 2002. The grandeur and classicism of the work is an homage to Imperial Russia and includes a principal couple and eight demi-soloists, plus a large corps de ballet. SF Ballet premiered Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries, set to music by John Adams, in the 2016 Season. The name Fearful Symmetries is taken from a William Blake poem, “The Tyger,” and the work for 16 dancers, features costume design by Jon Morrell and lighting design by David Finn.

Pre-sale Tickets
Pre-sale tickets for general seating ($29) and a discounted VIP Box Experience ($125 for Box Center or $85 for Box Side) will be available starting February 21 through February 27 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 $165 for Box Center or $100 for Box Side on February 28.

About The List and ENCORE!
The List, SF Ballet’s rush ticket program for ballet fans ages 21-39, offers deeply discounted tickets 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. ENCORE! is extending membership through June 30, 2018 for those who purchase new memberships between now and Sensorium. 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 28 at General seating is $29, and the VIP Box Experience is $165 for Box Center or $100 for Box Side.

San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has a history of making history. The Company 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. SF 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