Press Release

Press Release


Highlights of Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s
35th Season include:

Two world premieres by Cathy Marston and Trey McIntyre

West Coast premiere of ABT co-commission The Seasons by Alexei Ratmansky

Essential classics include Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jewels, and Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet

SF Ballet celebrates the 75th Anniversary of debuting America’s first full-length Nutcracker in December 2019

Three tours in the U.S. and abroad include:
All European-premiere performances with four different programs and 10 SF Ballet commissions and co-commissions at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, May 29–June 8, 2019

Two performances at the Sun Valley Pavilion presented by Ballet Sun Valley in Idaho July 5–7, 2019

Premiere appearance at The Royal Danish Opera House presented by the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen performing Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet October 30–November 2, 2019

SF Ballet’s landmark Dance in Schools and Communities Program celebrates 40-year partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District

San Francisco, UPDATED Wednesday, June 5, 2019–Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson and San Francisco Ballet today announced programming for the 2020 Repertory Season. Building on a heritage of commissioning groundbreaking dance from today’s top choreographers, uncovering new choreographic talent, staging modern classics, and preserving the works that make up the canon of classic ballet, the 2020 Season places SF Ballet at the forefront of innovation and preeminence. Highlights include two new SF Ballet commissions by Cathy Marston and Trey McIntyre, and a co-commission with American Ballet Theatre of a work by Alexei Ratmansky; as well as works by George Balanchine, David Dawson, Harald Lander, Edwaard Liang, Benjamin Millepied, Mark Morris, Liam Scarlett, Helgi Tomasson, and Stanton Welch. The Season’s three story ballets include Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wheeldon’s Cinderella, and Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet.

“I am pleased to share my plans for San Francisco Ballet’s 2020 Season,” says Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. “This incredible Company of artists will take us on a thrilling journey of dance experiences in 2020. I look forward to seeing the new works Cathy and Trey will create here as well as Alexei’s new work that we’ve co-commissioned. In addition, I cannot wait to bring back Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which we have not performed since my earliest days with the Company. Dance has such power to explore spectrums of human emotional, psychological, and physical being. The breadth of what’s on stage next season, from essential classics to modern choreography, from magical details to virtuosic displays, means there will be something for everyone to connect with. It will be a joy to once again share the transformational power of dance with our city.”

SF Ballet’s 2020 Season launches with the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, January 16. Sensorium, the innovative and interactive evening program featuring pop-ups and tech installations for a total sensory experience, returns on February 25, 2020. The Repertory Season will consist of eight programs from January 21 through May 10, 2020. San Francisco Ballet performs with the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra throughout the season, under the helm of Music Director Martin West.

 2020 Season Announcement continues. Click here to download: 2020 Season Announcement UPDATED 190605