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Press Releases

Press Releases

Press Releases

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEW FACULTY MEMBERS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

San Francisco Ballet School, led by Patrick Armand with oversight by SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, announces three new faculty members for the 2020-2021 school year: Larissa Ponomarenko, Jason Ambrose, and Viktor Plotnikov.

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FINAL PHASE OF SAN FRANCISCO BALLET AND SAN FRANCISCO OPERA’S PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE SEAT UPGRADE PROJECT RE-SCHEDULED FOR FALL/WINTER 2020

San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera, in collaboration with the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, are pleased to announce that the previously planned seat replacement project originally scheduled for summer 2021 will now take place over a 14-week period between September 2020 to January 2021 during the continuing COVID-19 venue closure this year.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES NO LIVE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES OF NUTCRACKER IN 2020

San Francisco Ballet announces that there will be no live Nutcracker performances in December 2020.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET RELEASES A NEW DANCE FILM DIRECTED BY BENJAMIN MILLEPIED: DANCE OF DREAMS

Available on SF Ballet @ Home, YouTube, Facebook, and IGTV beginning at 12 noon U.S. PDT on August 13, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 31, 2020—San...

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET PRESENTS A DIGITAL PATRON APPRECIATION EVENT ON JUNE 30, FEATURING THE STREAMING OF THE 2020 OPENING NIGHT GALA PROGRAM

On June 30, San Francisco Ballet will stream its 2020 Opening Night Gala program – SPELLBOUND – to mark the end of a season that started with great hope and was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF JULIAN MACKAY, PRINCIPAL DANCER

San Francisco Ballet and Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson announce the appointment of Julian MacKay, 22, as Principal Dancer, joining the Company in the 2021 Season.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES 2021 REPERTORY SEASON "LEAP OF FAITH"

Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson announces programming for the 2021 Repertory Season, scheduled to open January 19 and run through June 27.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET’S FREE WEEKLY STREAMS ON SF BALLET @ HOME RUN THROUGH THE MONTH OF JUNE

San Francisco Ballet announces further free weekly streams on SF Ballet @ Home, featuring commissioned works from the 2018 Unbound festival and other notable ballets from SF Ballet’s repertory.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET RELEASES FREE WEEKLY STREAMS OF COMPLETE BALLETS ON SF BALLET @ HOME

San Francisco Ballet’s free weekly stream on SF Ballet @ Home features commissioned works from the 2018 Unbound festival and other notable ballets from SF Ballet’s repertory.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET APPOINTS ROBERT FORE AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

San Francisco Ballet has appointed Robert Fore as its next Chief Finance Officer, effective June 1, 2020.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES COMPANY PROMOTIONS FOR 2021 SEASON

San Francisco Ballet announces 11 promotions, two new Company members, and six apprentices for the 2021 Season.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET'S DEBUT TOUR TO TORONTO, NOVEMBER 11–15, IS CANCELLED

San Francisco Ballet’s November 11–15 tour to the National Ballet of Canada has been cancelled, announced earlier today by the NBC.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SUSPENDS PERFORMANCES OF JEWELS, APRIL 15 – 21, AND ROMEO & JULIET, MAY 1 – 10

In compliance with the City of San Francisco’s March 16 public health order requiring all residents in six counties to stay home starting Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, April 7 except for essential needs, San Francisco Ballet has suspended all remaining performances of the 2020 Season, including Jewels (April 15 – 21) and Romeo & Juliet (May 1 – 10).

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET AND SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SCHOOL IMPLEMENT CANCELLATIONS AND TEMPORARY CLOSURES DUE TO COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School confirmed the cancellation of all performances March 24 – April 5, 2020 at the War Memorial Opera House, temporary closure of the San Francisco Ballet School, and the cancellation of all public education and special events that were previously scheduled for March and part of April.

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SF Ballet wins two National Dance Awards: Outstanding Company and Best Choreography

San Francisco Ballet has won two awards at the 20th National Dance Awards and Critics Circle, announced earlier today in London: STEF STEFANOU AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMPANY and BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY, awarded for Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy, a co-commission with American Ballet Theatre.

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GEORGE BALANCHINE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO BALLET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 34 YEARS, MARCH 6–15, 2020

San Francisco Ballet presents George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a tale of love, magic, and revelry that’s fun for the entire family, on March 6–15 at the War Memorial Opera House.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES DEBUT TOUR TO TORONTO, OPENING THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA’S 2020/21 SEASON, NOVEMBER 11 – 15, 2020

San Francisco Ballet is presented by The National Ballet of Canada under Artistic Director Karen Kain at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario, marking the Company’s premiere performances in Canada under the direction of Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and the opening of The National Ballet of Canada’s 2020/21 season, November 11–15, 2020.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL CHOREOGRAPHER HELGI TOMASSON RECEIVES THE MUSEUM OF PERFORMANCE + DESIGN 2020 SAN FRANCISCO ARTS MEDALLION

San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson will be presented with the 2020 San Francisco Arts Medallion for his outstanding leadership in the arts on April 23, 2020, at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society in San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET FASHION SHOW RETURNS MARCH 18 WITH DESIGNS BY MAISON RABIH KAYROUZ

San Francisco Ballet’s 2020 Auxiliary Fashion Show, its 41st fashion show since 1980, presents Parisian Haute Couture designer Rabih Kayrouz in his San Francisco debut on March 18 at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society at 1401 Howard Street.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES CHANGE TO PROGRAM 02, CLASSICAL (RE)VISION, FEBRUARY 11-22

In light of yesterday’s announcement that The Royal Ballet has suspended choreographer Liam Scarlett while an investigation is underway over allegations of sexual misconduct, Executive Director Kelly Tweeddale has announced on behalf of San Francisco Ballet that Scarlett’s Hummingbird will be replaced on Program 02 (Feb 11-22).

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WORLD PREMIERE OF TREY MCINTYRE’S THE BIG HUNGER FEATURES 2017 VAN CLIBURN GOLD MEDALIST YEKWON SUNWOO, FEBRUARY 13 ̶ 23

San Francisco Ballet continues its 2020 Repertory Season with triple-bill programs 02, Classical (Re)Vision (February 11-22); and 03, Dance Innovations (February 13-23), offering a selection of classical and contemporary ballets that highlight the range of SF Ballet’s dancers’ talents.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET HOSTS SENSORIUM: AN EVENING OF DANCE, ART, AND MUSIC ON FEBRUARY 25, 2020

San Francisco Ballet presents its fifth-ever Sensorium at the War Memorial Opera House on Tuesday, February 25 from 7 to 11:30 pm.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET AND SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ANNOUNCE FINAL PHASE OF WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE SEAT UPGRADE PROJECT SCHEDULED FOR 2021

San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera, in collaboration with the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, today shared plans for the final phase of seat replacements within the War Memorial Opera House, the historic Beaux-Arts theater that serves as home to both companies as well as a venue for numerous Bay Area and visiting organizations.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, INTRODUCING NEW SF BALLET SCHOOL STUDENT RESIDENCE AT $193 MILLION BOWES CENTER

San Francisco Ballet School, led by Patrick Armand with oversight by SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music announce an addition to its multi-faceted partnership, providing year-round housing for SFB School students in SFCM’s new Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts.

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CATHY MARSTON CREATES MRS. ROBINSON FOR SAN FRANCISCO BALLET, PREMIERING ON PROGRAM 05, MARCH 24, 2020

San Francisco Ballet announces Cathy Marston’s next creation for the Company: Mrs. Robinson, inspired by the 1960s American novella and film The Graduate and re-told from the perspective of Mrs. Robinson, one of America’s most notorious seductresses.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET PRESENTS THE 87TH REPERTORY SEASON OPENING NIGHT GALA: SPELLBOUND ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

San Francisco Ballet and Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson will launch the 2020 Repertory Season with SPELLBOUND: SF Ballet’s Opening Night Gala, on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

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CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S “BREATHTAKING” CINDERELLA OPENS SAN FRANCISCO BALLET’S 2020 REPERTORY SEASON, JANUARY 21–FEBRUARY 2

SAN FRANCISCO, NOVEMBER 13, 2019—Tickets are on sale now to San Francisco Ballet’s 2020 Repertory Season, starting January 21 with Christopher Whe...

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET PRESENTS THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S FIRST NUTCRACKER, DECEMBER 11–29

San Francisco Ballet presents the 75th anniversary of America’s first full-length Nutcracker with a myriad of events and giveaways this holiday season, culminating in performances of Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s set-in-San Francisco Nutcracker, danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, December 11-29, 2019 at the War Memorial Opera House.

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San Francisco Ballet's 'Ballet Insights' Returns September 22–October 6 With Exploration Of Ballet On Film And Television

San Francisco Ballet’s Ballet Insights returns with three interactive seminars that explore the history and development of ballet on film and television: Early Days on September 22; The Dance Boom on September 29; and New Modes, New Media on October 6, 2019.

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San Francisco Ballet Gives World Premiere Performances of Trey McIntyre's The Big Hunger on Program 03: Dance Innovations, February 13–23, 2020

San Francisco Ballet presents the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s The Big Hunger, his third ballet for the Company, on February 13, 2020 at the War Memorial Opera House.

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San Francisco Ballet Board of Trustees Elects Sunnie Evers and Robert G. Shaw as Incoming Co-Chairs

San Francisco Ballet Board of Trustees has elected Sunnie Evers and Robert G. Shaw as the organization’s next Co-Chairs of the Board, effective July 1, 2019. Evers, an art historian specializing in Italian Renaissance art, has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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San Francisco Ballet Announces 2020 Season Company Promotions

San Francisco Ballet announces ten promotions, three new Company members, and five apprentices for the 2020 Repertory Season. Soloists WanTing Zhao, Benjamin Freemantle, and Esteban Hernandez have been promoted to principal dancer, and corps de ballet members Madison Keesler and Cavan Conley have been promoted to soloist.

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San Francisco Ballet Names Kelly Tweeddale As Executive Director

San Francisco Ballet Board of Trustees has named Kelly Tweeddale as the organization’s next Executive Director.

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San Francisco Ballet Receives Art Works Grant From The National Endowment For The Arts

San Francisco Ballet is awarded an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant, in the amount of $40,000, supports new works presented during the Company’s 2020 Repertory Season.

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San Francisco Ballet Gives Premiere Performances at The Royal Danish Opera House with Helgi Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet, October 30–November 2

San Francisco Ballet is presented by The Royal Danish Ballet at The Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 30–November 2, 2019, with four performances of Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s lush and evocative score of the same name.

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Three World Premieres By San Francisco Ballet School Students Maya Wheeler, MJ Edwards, And Pemberley Olson To Be Featured At School's Spring Festival, May 22–24

San Francisco Ballet School Director Patrick Armand and Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson present SF Ballet School’s annual Spring Festival (formerly Student Showcase) on May 22–24 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts theater.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET HOSTS “CELEBRATING GLENN,” A DINNER AND SF BALLET ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE FOR OUTGOING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GLENN MCCOY, MAY 6, 2019

San Francisco Ballet commemorates outgoing Executive Director Glenn McCoy with “Celebrating Glenn,” a reception and onstage dinner and performance by the Grammy Award–winning SF Ballet Orchestra on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the War Memorial Opera House.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES 2020 REPERTORY SEASON

Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson and San Francisco Ballet today announced programming for the 2020 Repertory Season.

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ALEXEI RATMANSKY’S “MASTERPIECE” SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY RETURNS TO SF BALLET FOR SEVEN PERFORMANCES, MAY 7–12

Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy returns to San Francisco Ballet May 7–12, closing the Company’s 2019 Repertory Season at the War Memorial Opera House.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET TO BRING AN ALL EUROPEAN PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT TO SADLER’S WELLS IN LONDON MAY 29–JUNE 8, 2019

Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and San Francisco Ballet will present four new works programs at London’s Sadler’s Wells May 20–June 8, 2019. Performances will include 10 pieces commissioned by San Francisco Ballet, all of which are European premieres.

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