SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, May 4, 2010 – The San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, has announced the repertory for the 2010 Student Showcase. San Francisco Ballet School’s students and faculty will present three Showcase performances, consisting of class demonstrations and repertory works, at the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, May 26-28, 2010. Prior to the performance on May 27, the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary will host a fundraising dinner benefiting the San Francisco Ballet School’s scholarship and financial aid programs.
Audiences will get a glimpse of the progression in ballet training, from beginning students giving class demonstrations, to advanced-level students on the verge of professional careers. The advanced-level students will perform excerpts from SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s production of The Sleeping Beauty and the premiere of two new works, choreographed by Shaun Amyot, faculty member at Canada’s National Ballet School, and SF Ballet School faculty member Parrish Maynard.
“The annual Student Showcase offers our students a unique opportunity to acquire invaluable performance experience while demonstrating what they’ve learned throughout the past year,” said Lola de Avila, associate director of the San Francisco Ballet School. “This year, our advanced-level will have the challenge of dancing two new works by Shaun Amyot and Parrish Maynard, in addition to more classical works including excerpts from Helgi Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty.”
On Thursday, May 27, prior to the performance, a cocktail reception and dinner will take place at The St. Regis San Francisco at 5pm. The 2010 San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Student Showcase Chair is Beatrice Wood.
Reservations for the fundraising dinner are $250 for patron tickets, $500 for benefactor tickets, and $750 for grand benefactor tickets. Dinner invitations are by Burns & Associates Fine Printing. Beverages generously provided by William Hill Estate Winery and LaMarca Prosecco.
A live auction will be new to this year’s event and will feature eight packages, ranging from a print by Erik Tomasson, to a special party to be held in conjunction with the SF Ballet premiere of Balanchine’s Coppélia.
The Student Showcase performances will take place at the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Wednesday, May 26 at 7:30pm; Thursday, May 27 at 8pm; and Friday May 28 at 7:30pm. Individual performance tickets start at $32 each and can be purchased by contacting the Ticket Services Office at 415.865.2000.
Tickets for the dinner on Thursday, May 28, are $250-750, and can be purchased by visiting sfballet.org/studentshowcase. Admission to the performance is included in the dinner ticket. For additional information please contact the San Francisco Ballet Events Department at 415.865.6625.