For most ballet companies, touring is a vital component of the organization’s vision, providing new audiences exposure to the dancers and repertory, while giving the dancers a much-needed chance to perform during their off-season. SF Ballet has been touring nationally and internationally since its booking office was established in 1938.
Here's an exclusive peek at our two recent tours, through the eyes of our dancers.
In Los Angeles, the three Celebrate Forsythe performances were met with standing ovations and much acclaim. After performing Pas/Parts 2016, Soloist Jennifer Stahl remarked, “[I’m] very grateful for this unforgettable experience, for the inspiring time working with the legend [Forsythe] himself, for the opportunity to dance among three beautiful companies, and for my dear family and friends that were in the audience.” Below is a picture of the opening night bows that Jennifer posted on Instagram.
On the rare "off" day without classes, rehearsals, or performances, dancers often visit tourist destinations and explore their touring city to get a better sense of the local scene. Here, Corps de Ballet member Diego Cruz enjoys the Southern California sun in front of the Hollywood sign.
In Washington, DC, many dancers premiered new roles, including Principal Dancers Dores André as Cinderella and Joseph Walsh as Prince Guillaume. Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten and Soloist Jennifer Stahl debuted as Hortensia, the stepmother; and Soloist Julia Rowe performed Clementine, the stepsister, for the first time.
By the end of the tour, the dancers’ hard work was evident by pointe shoes piled up in the corner of the women’s dressing rooms, as seen below. Dancers can easily wear out a single pair of pointe shoes after a just one evening-length ballet performance.
“[I'm] very grateful for this unforgettable experience, for the inspiring time working with the legend [Forsythe] himself, for the opportunity to dance among three beautiful companies, and for my dear family and friends that were in the audience.”