Program 1


Program 1: Triple Bill

Total running time: 2 hours 25 minutes, two intermissions

Journey from the roots of classical ballet in America to the cutting-edge of contemporary dance. George Balanchine’s Serenade was his first U.S. commission. Don’t miss the Company that “ranks as one of the leading exponents of Balanchine repertory and style in America” (The New York Times) in this supremely elegant work. The program also includes Yuri Possokhov’s deeply emotional RAkU, “a gripping, virtuoso piece” (San Francisco Examiner) and the 20th anniversary celebration of Val Caniparoli’s sensational Lambarena, a work that fuses the classicism of a Johann Sebastian Bach score with traditional African dance and music.

Performance Dates

Tuesday, January 27, 8pm
Wednesday, January 28, 7:30pm
Friday, January 30, 8pm
Sunday, February 1, 2pm
Thursday, February 5, 8pm
Saturday, February 7, 2pm
Saturday, February 7, 8pm


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Pointes of View Lecture

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 6pm
War Memorial Opera House – North Carriage Entrance

This season we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Val Caniparoli’s joyous audience favorite, Lambarena. Dance educator Mary Wood discusses the making of Lambarena with Caniparoli, Ballet Master Betsy Erickson, and African dance master Naomi Diouf.

Free and open to the public.

Meet the Artist Interview

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7pm
Orchestra Level one hour prior to the performance

Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Principal Dancer Joseph Walsh. Mr. Walsh will autograph copies of the Look Book in the Shop at SF Ballet on the Box Level following the interview.

Open to all ticket holders.

Meet the Artist Interview

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1pm
Orchestra Level one hour prior to the performance

Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets. Mr. Helimets will autograph copies of the Look Book in the Shop at SF Ballet on the Box Level following the interview.

Open to all ticket holders.


The 2011 world premiere of RAkU was made possible by Lead Sponsors Yurie and Carl Pascarella, and Athena and Timothy Blackburn; and Sponsors Stephen and Margaret Gill, and the H. B. and Lucille Horn Foundation.

The 1995 world premiere of Lambarena was made possible in part by a 1994 Choo-San Goh Award for choreography from the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Brautigam-Kaplan Foundation.

Choreographer: George Balanchine

Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

Choreographer: Val Caniparoli

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