SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 27, 2020) – Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson today announced plans to present a streamed, all-digital 2021 Season. With the continuing health pandemic placing restrictions on large public in-person gatherings, Tomasson curated a reimagined season that includes three world premieres by Cathy Marston, Danielle Rowe, and Myles Thatcher fully conceived for film; three story ballets including George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which had only one performance before the city-wide shut down due to COVID-19; Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet and a new digitally conceived film version of Swan Lake; and George Balanchine’s Jewels with a newly filmed version of Emeralds. See below for full program descriptions.
“The launch of a digital season has taken monumental effort from every artist and administrator in our organization, and for that I am very proud of the work we’ve done,” says Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. “For the dancers, it has meant a new level of commitment to keep up with their dancing physicality and has also required paramount discipline with regard to social distancing in order to rehearse according to health guidelines. The choreographers I’ve engaged this season have also been extraordinarily creative and adaptable, from changing rehearsal configurations, to working with film directors to present their work in a different format. I am excited for us to be able to reach those across the world to whom we’ve not been previously accessible. For our devoted audiences, watching a story ballet captured on film will be a unique experience, as one can really see the emotions displayed by the dancers. Having said all this, I yearn for the days when we can all be together in the Opera House, but until then, I hope people will find themselves with SF Ballet from wherever they are in 2021.”
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