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While the worldwide dance community has been on hold during the pandemic, San Francisco Ballet has been busy making major changes in the Company lineup for the 2021 season. Effective July 1, Soloists Wona Park and Max Cauthorn will be promoted to Principal Dancer, and Corps de Ballet dancers Ellen Rose Hummel, Diego Cruz, Lucas Erni, and Myles...

March 2, 2020—The innovative choreography of RAWdance includes the Concept Series, a salon for contemporary Bay Area choreographers; Double Exposure, a piece that portrays the work of 16 different West Coast choreographers; and ChoreoFest, a weekend festival of site-specific work by nine local companies in Yerba Buena Gardens. So it isn't...

February 28, 2020-Created in 1962 for New York City Ballet, George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream is his first original full-length ballet that he completed in America. First performed by Francisco Ballet in 1985, the Company has not presented this classic in 34 years. On March 6 San Francisco Ballet raises the curtain on this long-awaited...

San Francisco Ballet presented their second program of the season on Tuesday evening with Classical (Re)vision, featuring mostly modern ballet set to classical or classic popular tunes. Of the five works presented, three short works were not included in the program notes, which billed them as Director's Choice, that is, selections by Artistic...

February 8, 2020—Now in their 26th season Diablo Ballet has continued to attract and please audiences, and with good reason. Under Artistic Director Lauren Jonas' leadership the company has attracted veteran dancers of reputable companies, such as San Francisco Ballet, Smuin, and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Saturday's performance of ...

February 7, 2020—This month San Francisco Ballet will perform the world premiere of choreographer Trey McIntyre's The Big Hunger, set to Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2 with costumes and sets designed by Thomas Mika. Trey McIntyre sat down with Michael Phelan of BayDance.com to discuss what The Big Hunger is about and how he's been working on it...

The 100th anniversary of the birth of choreographer Merce Cunningham has inspired many events to celebrate his work. Director Alla Kovgan's 93-minute documentary Cunningham brings together his dances with archival footage and audio of Cunningham, from 1942 to 1972, into an aesthetic collage with 3D touches. Kovgan wrote and directed the film...