Swan Lake

Swan Lake
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Black Swan Pas de Deux and Act II Choreography: Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa

Following a sold-out run in 2016, we proudly present a reprise of Helgi Tomasson’s strikingly modern Swan Lake featuring “choreography that, at its core, is sublime” (The Mercury News). Stunning visual effects, crisp storytelling, and virtuosic dance combine in a work that is as magnificent as it is moving. Performing Odette/Odile in Swan Lake is one of the pinnacles in a ballerina’s career. SF Ballet audiences are fortunate to have so many strong principal women who bring their unique qualities to the roles. Several of them get another chance to show off for you this season. The New York Times called Swan Lake “beautifully lyrical.” You’ll call it simply magical.

Runtime: 2 hours and 33 minutes, including 20- and 15-minute intermissions
Header Image: Yuan Yuan Tan in Tomasson's Swan Lake // © Erik Tomasson
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“If you had only one chance to see one ballet in your life, it should be Swan Lake.”

SF Examiner
Trailer: Swan Lake

A work that is as magnificent as it is moving—view the trailer for Helgi Tomasson's Swan Lake.

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Scenic Design

  • Jonathan Fensom

Costume Design

  • Jonathan Fensom

Lighting Design

  • Jennifer Tipton

Projection Design

  • Sven Ortel

Hair, Wig, & Make-up

  • Michael Ward

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2017 Program Sponsor
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  • KPIX
The 2009 world premiere of Helgi Tomasson's Swan lake was made possible by
Exclusive Sponsor
  • Mrs. Jeannik Méquet Littlefield
2016 Redesign of Act I Underwritten By
  • Denise Littlefield Sobel