2017 — 18

2017–18 Season Announcement

Our 2017–18 Season includes familiar favorites, classic fairy tales, contemporary ballets, and a boundary-breaking exploration of the future of ballet. After our annual Nutcracker performances in December, we’re bringing back our magnificent production of The Sleeping Beauty as well as this season’s smash hit, Frankenstein. Robbins: Ballet & Broadway will celebrate the centennial of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein, and diverse triple bills will feature works by Balanchine, Millepied, Peck, Caniparoli, and Tomasson. The National Ballet of Canada will dance Neumeier’s powerful Nijinsky. And at the heart of our 2018 Repertory Season is Unbound: A Festival of New Works, for which 12 international choreographers will create 12 world premiere ballets. Join us, won’t you?

Dec 13–30, 2017

This holiday season, join us as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world in a Nutcracker that is as unique as it is magical. And it's only at SF Ballet.

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Jan 23–Feb 04, 2018
Program 01: The Sleeping Beauty

This classic story of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince, and the triumph of true love’s kiss will sweep you off your feet. With spectacular sets, lavish tutus, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, Helgi Tomasson’s production of Sleeping Beauty highlights our dancers’ classical virtuosity, casting its spell over a fairytale ballet of romance and wonder.

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Feb 13–24, 2018
Program 02: Bright Fast Cool Blue

Balanchine turned up the volume on classical ballet, making the movement bigger, faster, and more energetic, and New York City Ballet alums Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck have put their own stamp on this aesthetic. Balanchine’s moonlit Serenade is followed by Millepied’s propulsive and expanded The Chairman Dances, and Peck’s Rodeo, an athletic, high-energy interpretation of Aaron Copland’s iconic music.

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Feb 15–25, 2018
Program 03: Distinctly SF Ballet

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. Included in the program will be a select world premiere from our 2017 Repertory Season.

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Mar 06–11, 2018
Program 04: Frankenstein

The Creature is back! The sold-out hit of 2017, Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein bowed to roaring ovations. The Mercury News wrote "[Frankenstein] offers luscious performances, relentless drama, and spectacular set design and lighting.” Inspired by Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece, and set to Lowell Liebermann’s powerful score, this production features sumptuous costumes, and sets that will astonish.

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Mar 20–25, 2018
Program 05: Robbins: Ballet & Broadway

Our all-Robbins program celebrates the centennial of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein with four iconic works: Fancy Free, a high-spirited story of three sailors on shore leave in New York City; the otherworldly, pensive Opus 19/The Dreamer; the electrifying and brilliantly ferocious The Cage; and Other Dances, a gorgeous, lyrical duet set to Chopin's piano music.

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Apr 03–08, 2018
Program 06: The National Ballet of Canada in Nijinsky

The National Ballet of Canada returns to the Bay Area for the first time in a decade with Nijinsky, John Neumeier’s imaginative tribute to the legendary dancer-choreographer. In this kaleidoscopic biography, pivotal moments surface through the lens of Nijinsky’s psychosis, illuminated by the iconic characters he danced. "Stamina, guts and passion are what define this company right now." —National Post

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Apr 20–May 06, 2018
Programs 07 & 08: Unbound: A Festival of New Works

The future of ballet is coming to San Francisco. We’ve celebrated "maker culture" here in San Francisco for decades—now we’re taking it to a whole new level. Unbound features 12 world premieres by 12 innovative, international choreographers. Planned and conceived by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, this ambitious festival encompasses four distinct programs, each featuring three brand-new ballets.

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Celebrate ballet, learn about the art form, meet artists, participate in workshops, and experience a host of other exciting and enriching activities. See what we have in store for the 2017-18 Season.

Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon
ENCORE! Events
Audience Engagement Events
Community Events


When the Repertory Season comes to a close, SF Ballet takes to the road with performances across the country and around the world. As our touring plans become finalized, we will post more information here, check back for information at the link below.

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