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Three rows of swans—in white bodices, tutus, and skull caps—stand on pointe, facing a full moon silhouetting two flying swans

SWAN LAKE

SWAN LAKE

SWAN LAKE

Timeless and achingly beautiful, Swan Lake is beloved like no other classical ballet for more than a century. Introduced and premiered in America by San Francisco Ballet, it is a captivating vision of the world's most mesmerizing ballet.

COVID SAFETY

Updated 1/20/2022: Per San Francisco city guidelines, beginning February 1, 2022, San Francisco Ballet will require up-to-date vaccination, including proof of a COVID-19 booster—received at least one week prior to the performance they are attending—for entrance into the venue. This expands upon the Company's current requirement that all patrons ages 12 and up present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and audience members under the age of 12 to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time or antigen [rapid] test within 24 hours of the performance start time).

Patrons will also be required to show a photo ID alongside proof of vaccination and booster shot to enter. Patrons can show either paper or electronic documentation (including a photo of the card).

If your child under the age of 12 does not meet the two-week or greater completion requirement to qualify as being fully vaccinated, they must show proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within one day for antigen or two days for PCR tests prior to entry into the War Memorial Opera House or 455 Franklin Street. Fully vaccinated children under 12 may present proof of full vaccination and if eligible booster shot in lieu of a negative test result.

SF Ballet requires all patrons to wear a N95, KN95, KF94 mask to enter the venue. We will provide a KN95 or equivalent mask upon entry if you do not have one. Masks must be well-fitted and cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Masks are required at all times, regardless of age, while inside the War Memorial Opera House. Food and drinks are not permitted inside the auditorium to ensure masks are worn throughout the performance.

Click the Learn More button or visit sfballet.org/safety for more information and policy details.

Learn More

San Francisco Ballet is carefully monitoring the evolving pandemic and continues to follow the health guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of California, and the City and County of San Francisco. We cannot wait to get back on the Opera House stage and as an organization, we are planning accordingly to ensure the safety of audiences, artists, and staff.

Apr 29–May 8, 2022

Composer

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer

Helgi Tomasson

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Swan Lake

Black Swan Pas de Deux and Act II Choreography: after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Scenery and Costume Design: Jonathan Fensom
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Projection Design: Sven Ortel
Hair, Wig and Make-up Design: Michael Ward
Assistant to the Choreographer: Lola de Avila

World Premiere (Choreography by Julius Reisinger): March 4, 1877—Bolshoi Theatre; Moscow, Russia

Petipa-Ivanov Production Premiere: February 8, 1895—Mariinsky Theatre; St. Petersburg, Russia

SF Ballet Premiere (Choreography by Willam Christensen): September 27, 1940—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Current Production Premiere: February 21, 2009—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: Swan Lake, Op. 20. Costume Design Associate, Yvonne Milnes. Design Assistant to Mr. Ward, Carole Hancock. Tutus constructed by Yoshi Terashima, London, England. Costumes constructed by Phil Reynolds, Sasha Keir, Jane Johnson, Charles Hanrahan, Robert Gordon, Sue Kay, Karen Shannon, Mark Wheeler, London, England. Additional costumes constructed by the San Francisco Opera Costume Shop, Danielle McCartan, Costume Director. Wigs and Feather Headdresses constructed and dressed by Christine Sterritt at the Wig Workshop of London. Further wig dressing by Melanie Birch and the Wig Boys, San Francisco, CA. Boots by Pluma, Portland, OR. Specialty shoes by John Hiatt, Salt Lake City, UT. Scenic Design Associate, Chad Owens, San Francisco, CA. Scenic Design Assistants, Alasdair Oliver, Alistair Turner, Jason Southgate, London, England. Video Design Associate, S. Katy Tucker, New York, NY. Video Design Assistant, Peter Vincent Acken, New York, NY. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments.

The 2009 world premiere of Helgi Tomasson's Swan Lake was made possible by Exclusive Sponsor Mrs. Jeannik Méquet Littlefield. The 2016 redesign of Act I was underwritten by Denise Littlefield Sobel.