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Press Release

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET PRESENTS STARRY NIGHTS: SF BALLET’S RETURN TO THE STAGE, AUGUST 13-14 AT FROST AMPHITHEATER

Update July 13, 2021: The complete programming for Starry Nights: SF Ballet’s Return to the Stage is now available. Full programming is listed here, and updated production credits are included below:

Serenade (Balanchine)
(20-minute intermission)
Tarantella (Balanchine)
For Pixie (Rowe)
Soirées Musicales (Tomasson)
(15-minute intermission)
The Fifth Season (Tomasson)

Programming includes George Balanchine’s Serenade and Tarantella, Danielle Rowe’s For Pixie, and Helgi Tomasson’s The Fifth Season

Tickets will go on sale on July 10 at 12 pm PDT via Stanford Live

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 30, 2021—San Francisco Ballet, one of the largest and most celebrated ballet companies in the U.S. and the country’s first arts organization to cease performance due to the Covid-19 pandemic, returns to live performance on August 13 and 14 with Starry Nights: SF Ballet’s Return to the Stage at Frost Amphitheater, in partnership with Stanford Live. After seventeen months of digital programming, the Company turns to the peninsula, making its debut at Frost Amphitheater and presenting for the first time at Stanford University in over half a century. “We are thrilled to perform at Frost Amphitheater after many months of on-screen dance,” says SF Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. “Starry Nights is a celebration of our dancers’ resilience and a symbol of gratitude to the community that has ushered us through this remarkable time. It is time for us to be back on stage, under the stars, doing what we do best.”

Starry Nights: SF Ballet’s Return to the Stage includes George Balanchine’s Serenade and Tarantella, as well as Danielle Rowe’s For Pixie and Helgi Tomasson’s The Fifth Season, with music performed by members of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra under the direction of Martin West. An additional pas de deux, as well as casting, will be announced at a later date. For press images visit the online press photos page. Please contact Kate McKinney at kmckinney@sfballet.org with all press inquiries.

Calendar information:
Tickets to Starry Nights: SF Ballet’s Return to the Stage range from $50–$225 and may be purchased via Stanford Live’s webpage beginning July 10 at 12 pm PDT. Tiered presale access begins on July 7 at 12 pm PDT for select donors and subscribers. Contact Ticket Services at 415-865-2000 or via email at tickets@sfballet.org, Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm PDT, for more information. Starry Nights will be held August 13–14 at 7:30 pm PDT at Frost Amphitheater, located at 351 Lasuen Street on the Stanford University campus.

Starry Nights: SF Ballet’s Return to the Stage is made possible by Sponsors Sue and John Diekman, Nancy Kukacka, and Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang.

Serenade
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Sandra Jennings
Costume Design: after Karinska
Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates

World Premiere: March 1, 1935—American Ballet, Adelphi Theater; New York, New York

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: April 18, 1952—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

© The George Balanchine Trust

Tarantella
Composer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Reconstructed and orchestrated by Hershy Kay
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: after Karinska

World Premiere: January 7, 1964—New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama; New York, New York

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: August 3, 1986—Stern Grove Festival; San Francisco, California

© The George Balanchine Trust

For Pixie
Music: Nina Simone
Choreographer: Danielle Rowe
Costume Design: Lauren Strongin
Lighting Design: Jim French

World Premiere: June 22, 2017—SFDanceworks, ODC Theater; San Francisco, California

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: January 16, 2020—San Francisco Ballet 87th Anniversary Gala, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Soirées Musicales
Composer: Benjamin Britten

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: Ann Beck
Lighting Design: Kevin Connaughton

World Premiere: February 5, 1996—San Francisco Ballet, Davies Symphony Hall; San Francisco, California

Music: “March,” “Canzonetta,” from Soirées Musicales, Op. 9; “Waltz” from Matinées Musicales, Op. 24; “Bolero,” “Tarantella” from Soirées Musicales, Op. 9; used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. Costumes constructed by Ann Beck Dance and Specialty Costumes, San Francisco, California.

The Fifth Season
Composer: Karl Jenkins
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Scenic and Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Michael Mazzola

World Premiere: March 28, 2006—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, 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.

ABOUT STANFORD LIVE
Stanford Live presents a wide range of fine performances from around the world, fostering a vibrant learning community and providing distinctive experiences through the performing arts. From its home at Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater, Stanford Live functions simultaneously as a public square, a sanctuary and a lab, drawing from all Stanford University has to offer to connect performance to the most significant issues, ideas and discoveries of our time.

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