SF Ballet

On a Theme of Paganini
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Ibsen's House
Composer: Antonin Dvořák
Choreographer: Val Caniparoli

Ghost in the Machine
Composer: Michael Nyman
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher

Three works, all created for SF Ballet, and all delightfully distinct. Helgi Tomasson’s neoclassical On a Theme of Paganini, set to Rachmaninov’s brilliant music, shimmers with charm and romance. For Ibsen’s House, Val Caniparoli created a dramatic, emotional ballet from five of the Nordic playwright’s works. Myles Thatcher's Ghost in the Machine soars through Michael Nyman's minimalist score with edgy, fierce dynamism.

Runtime: 2 hours and 24 minutes, including 20 and 20-minute intermissions
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's On a Theme of Paganini // © Erik Tomasson

“Helgi Tomasson's On a Theme of Paganini is an adroit, lively example of the neoclassical mode he inherited from George Balanchine, a stately, elegant, straightforward work frequently graced with his own unique stamp.”

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Scenic and Costume Design

On a Theme of Paganini
  • Martin Pakledinaz
Ibsen's House
  • Sandra Woodall

Lighting Design

On a Theme of Paganini
  • Neil Peter Jampolis
Ibsen's House
  • James F. Ingalls
Ghost in the Machine
  • Jim French

Scenic Design

Ghost in the Machine
  • Alexander V. Nichols

Costume Design

Ghost in the Machine
  • Susan Roemer


The 2008 world premiere of On a Theme of Paganini was made possible by
75th Anniversary Lead Sponsor
  • Yurie and Carl Pascarella
The 2008 world premiere of Ibsen's House was made possible by
75th Anniversary Sponsors
  • The George Frederick Jewett Foundation
  • Lucy Jewett, Trustee
The 2017 world premiere of Ghost in the Machine was made possible by
Lead Sponsors
  • Fang and Gary Bridge
  • Shelby and Frederick Gans
  • David and Kelsey Lamond
  • The Seiger Family Foundation
With Additional Support From
  • The Byron R. Meyer Choreographers Fund of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation