An Invitation to Dance: San Francisco Ballet School 2015 Student Showcase


Celebrate the SF Ballet School

An Invitation to Dance: San Francisco Ballet School 2015 Student Showcase demonstrates the School’s remarkable accomplishments throughout the year and gives audiences the rare opportunity to experience a performance by the next generation of ballet professionals.  Students from all levels of the school will perform repertory pieces and ballets specially created for them to showcase their amazing talent and training.

Each year, the Student Showcase Performance and Dinner, hosted by the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, celebrates the SF Ballet School. The evening raises funds to support the scholarship and financial aid programs of the School, one of the leading ballet schools in the world.

Performance and Dinner

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: Performance at 6pm, followed by dinner
Venue: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater and Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

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Performance Dates

All performances held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015

Student Showcase Performance Notes

At each Student Showcase, the next generation of young dancers demonstrate their skill and achieve­ments as well as the caliber of the School’s faculty. Youngsters in the early years of their training perform choreographed class demonstrations, while advanced-level students and the School’s Trainees dance demanding repertory pieces, some of them created especially for them. This year’s repertory includes two important ballets, the U.S. premiere of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirées musicales, and a revival of SF Ballet Artist Director & Principal Chore­ographer Helgi Tomasson’s Bartók Divertimento.  In addition, two newly created works choreographed by Company Soloist James Sofranko and Apprentice Benjamin Fremantle, will be premiered.

Soirées musicales was created for The Royal Ballet School in 1988 in honor of Dame Ninette de Valois’ 90th birthday; it premiered at the school’s annual summer performance at Covent Garden in London. A work for 26 dancers, the ballet is set to a score by 20th-century composer Benjamin Britten, a light, lively arrangement of a suite of themes by 19th-century composer Gioachino Rossini. Notator Julie Lincoln, who created a Benesh Movement Notation score of Soirées musicales (a method of recording the choreography on paper), will set the ballet on SF Ballet School students.

Tomasson’s Bartók Divertimento, set to Béla Bartók’s 1939 Divertimento for String Orchestra, premiered at SF Ballet at the 2002 Opening Night Gala. In making this spirited piece for four dancers, Tomasson says he chose Bartók—one of his favorite composers—and this divertimento in particular because he loves how dynamic and unpredictable the music is, “going one way and then another, always changing direction.” The School’s students will re-create roles made on four brilliant dancers: Tina LeBlanc, Gonzalo Garcia, and Zachary Hench (then principal dancers), and Peter Brandenhoff (then a soloist).

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    St. John
    Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC
    Dodge & Cox

  • Soirées Musicales
    Major Sponsors

    Marc Sinykin and Kevin Osinski


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