San Francisco Ballet in Blake Works I

Press Release

Press Release

San Francisco Ballet’s Starry Nights Returns to Stanford Live, August 5–6 at Frost Amphitheater

Tickets will go on sale on April 29 at 12 pm PDT via Stanford Live

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 21, 2022—This summer, San Francisco Ballet (SF Ballet) will return to the Stanford Live Arts Festival at Frost Amphitheater to present Starry Nights, August 5 and 6 at 8:00 pm PDT, following the success of the Company’s Frost Amphitheater debut in 2021. Featuring Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Jerome Robbins’ In the Night, and concluding with the South Bay premiere performances of William Forsythe’s Blake Works I (“it will explode your ballet prejudices,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle), SF Ballet’s two-evening residency will highlight audience favorites from the 2022 Repertory Season, plus one of Tomasson’s signature works. The Grammy Award-winning SF Ballet Orchestra under the direction of Martin West will perform live music for 7 for Eight, set to music by J.S. Bach, and In the Night, danced to Chopin nocturnes. Blake Works I is set to the sultry sounds of James Blake’s 2016 album, The Colour in Anything. Starry Nights is made possible by Sponsors Sue and John Diekman, and Nancy Kukacka.

SF Ballet will also co-present Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Stanford Live debut on August 3 at 8:00 pm, presenting STAR DUST: From Bach to David Bowie, featuring two exhilarating dance pieces inspired by musical masters. More information is available at this link.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 29. Casting for Starry Nights will be announced shortly before the performances. For SF Ballet preview images, visit the online press photo database. Please contact Kate McKinney, SF Ballet’s PR & Communications Manager, at kmckinney@sfballet.org with press inquiries.

Stanford Live Arts Festival sponsor: bill.com

Stanford Live’s 2021–22 season is sponsored by Stanford Medicine.


Tickets to Starry Nights range from $40–$250 and may be purchased at live.stanford.edu/frost beginning April 29 at 12 pm PDT. Tiered presale access begins on April 25 at 12 pm PDT for select donors and subscribers. Starry Nights will be held August 5–6 at 8:00 pm PDT at Frost Amphitheater, located at 351 Lasuen Street on the Stanford University campus.

As of April 4, 2022, it is no longer required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to attend events at Frost Amphitheater. Stanford Live is monitoring local COVID-19 trends and will follow protocols mandated by local governments and Stanford University.

Frost Amphitheater has a clear bag policy. Only small clutch bags (no larger than 5”x8”) and clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags that do not exceed 12″W x 12″H x 6″D will be allowed inside the venue. Please visit the What to Bring page to learn more.


7 for Eight
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: David Finn

World Premiere: February 26, 2004—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: Keyboard Concerto No. 5, BWV 1056 (2nd & 3rd movements); Keyboard Concerto No. 4, BWV 1055 (1st and 2nd movements); Concerto for 4 Harpsichords, BWV 1065 (2nd movement) arranged for one harpsichord; Keyboard Concerto No. 1 BWV 1052 (2nd and 1st movements). Costumes constructed by Birgit Pfeffer, Palo Alto, California.

In the Night
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins
Staged by: Jean-Pierre Frohlich and Anita Paciotti
Costume Design: Anthony Dowell
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

World Premiere: January 29, 1970—New York City Ballet, New York State Theater; New York, New York

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: April 2, 1985—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: Nocturnes Op. 27, No. 1; Op. 55, No.1 & 2; Op. 9, No. 2. Jerome Robbins’ In the Night is performed by permission of The Robbins Rights Trust. Costumes constructed by Christopher Read and Ruth Bartel, and by Sandra Woodall Costumes, San Francisco, California.

Blake Works I
Composer: James Blake
Choreography and Scenic Design: William Forsythe
Staged by: Ayman Harper
Costume Design: Dorothee Merg and William Forsythe
Lighting Design: Tanja Ruehl and William Forsythe

World Premiere: July 4, 2016–Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier; Paris, France

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: February 3, 2022—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: Songs from The Colour in Anything: “I Need a Forest Fire”, “Put That Away and Talk to Me”, “The Colour in Anything”, “I Hope My Life (1-800 Mix)”, “Two Men Down”, “Waves Know Shores”, and “f.o.r.e.v.e.r.”. Costumes courtesy of Boston Ballet Company.

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.

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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