January 11, 2022—Concluding a ten-month search, San Francisco Ballet today announced the appointment of Tamara Rojo to succeed Helgi Tomasson as Artistic Director. A former Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Rojo is an award-winning principal dancer with thirty years as a professional ballerina, including over ten years as a...

Among the many Nutcrackers performed every year, some have been tweaked to be locally relevant. San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker, for example, is set in 1915 San Francisco. The New Ballet of San Jose has taken the local idea a step further and replaced some of the iconic Nutcracker characters with figures that have a local connection. The lavish,...

December 17, 2021—One of the most popular and engaging of the Christmas ballets in the Bay Area, Smuin's The Christmas Ballet would have celebrated its 25th-anniversary last year except for the pandemic shutdown. Given the energy and enthusiasm on Thursday night, both the cast and audience were delighted to see The Christmas Ballet return to San...

December 11, 2021—If absence makes the heart grow fonder, San Francisco Ballet's fans enthusiastically expressed their growing affection on the December 10 opening night of Nutcracker. Marking the Company's return to live performances at the War Memorial Opera House after a 21-month pandemic hiatus, from Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson's on-stage...

November 14, 2021—Among the holiday season Nutcracker performances shortened for the attention spans of younger audiences, serious dance fans might fear they'd find dumbed-down ballet. Not so with Diablo Ballet's The Nutcracker Suite. The challenging choreography, by Julia Adam, and Diablo's able dancers led by veteran Artistic Director Lauren...

October 27, 2021—San Francisco choreographer Alyssa Mitchel's previous work The Classroom celebrated her ties to education. As a math tutor, she has an avid interest in knowledge. Her newest work Here. Now. explores the knowing that comes from meditation. Comprised of six sections, each expressing an aspect of meditation, her newest piece will be...

September 30, 2021—Entering his final season with San Francisco Ballet as the longest-serving sole artistic director of a major ballet company, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson will be presented with the San Francisco Arts Medallion for his outstanding leadership in the arts. The award, created by...

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