Program 2: Full-Length

Total running time: 2 hours 13 minutes, one intermission

Perhaps George Balanchine said it best: “Like Hamlet, Giselle is a classic…people go to see Giselle and to see ballerinas dance it for the same reason we go to see new interpretations of Hamlet…we always discover something in it we hadn’t seen before.” Helgi Tomasson’s haunting Giselle showcases SF Ballet’s dancers in some of the most coveted roles in the classical repertory. Experience a new generation of artists in Giselle, an epic ballet that has captivated audiences for over 170 years.

The San Francisco Chronicle calls Giselle “the most formidable challenge in the Romantic repertoire.” Read the full review.

Performance Dates

Thursday, January 29, 8pm
Saturday, January 31, 2pm
Saturday, January 31, 8pm
Tuesday, February 3, 8pm
Wednesday, February 4, 7:30pm
Friday, February 6, 8pm
Sunday, February 8, 2pm
Tuesday, February 10, 8pm


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Pointes of View Lecture

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6pm
War Memorial Opera House – North Carriage Entrance

Join us as we discuss the iconic ballet Giselle with former Principal Dancer Joanna Berman and Principal Dancer Frances Chung to hear how the title role tests not only a dancer’s technical abilities but also her skills as a dramatic artist.

Free and open to the public.

Meet the Artist Interviews

Friday, February 6, 2015, 7pm
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 1pm
Orchestra Level one hour prior to the performance

These informative talks feature artists and choreographers in conversation with a moderator. Interviews are 30 minutes and take place on the Orchestra Level one hour prior to the performance.

Open to all ticket holders.

Talk About Ballet: Giselle Inquest

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 5-6:30pm
Lew Christensen Studio, 455 Franklin Street

SF Ballet Visiting Lecturer Professor Jennifer Fisher, Associate Professor of Dance at Irvine; Dance History, Theory, Criticism, and Ethnography Back by popular demand, “The Giselle Inquest” is a fun and fascinating “investigation” of characters from Giselle, led by Jennifer Fisher, the only “ballet coroner” known to dance studies. Fisher gathers testimonies from characters (in full costume and in character), seeking to solve some of the ballet world’s most provocative mysteries: Why did Giselle die? Who is at fault? And why do so many of us want to see her die over and over again?

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The 1999 world premiere of Helgi Tomasson's Giselle was underwritten by The Hellman Family, The Edward E. Hills Fund, Lucy and Fritz Jewett, and an anonymous donor, in honor of Chris Hellman.  This project was made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Dance Residency Program (NDRP), a program underwritten by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered at the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

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