San Francisco Ballet to Perform at Royal Danish Opera House

05/14/2019

SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2019—The Royal Danish Ballet has invited San Francisco Ballet to perform at The Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen, Denmark, from October 30 to November 2, 2019. At the invitation of Nikolaj Hübbe, Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet will give four performances of Romeo & Juliet by San Francisco Ballet's Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson.

Sarah Van Patten and Carlos Quenedit in Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet. (© Erik Tomasson)
Sarah Van Patten and Carlos Quenedit in Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet. (© Erik Tomasson)

The performance will not only be San Francisco Ballet's first appearance at the Royal Danish Opera House, but the first time the Company has performed in Copenhagen since 2010 at Tivoli Concert Hall. Publicly inaugurated in 2005, the Royal Danish Opera House was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen in a neo-futuristic style and is one of the city's largest and most distinct buildings.

"I am thrilled the company is returning to Copenhagen after nearly a decade to share this beautiful production with Danish audiences," said Tomasson. "This visit is also significant—the creation of this ballet was a cherished collaboration between me and Danish designer Jens-Jacob Worsaae, the creator of the ballet's sets and costumes." Worsaae died shortly after the premiere of the ballet during San Francisco Ballet's 1994 Repertory Season.

Helgi Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet inaugurated Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance in 2015, when it was shown at cinemas nationwide. The ballet has been performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Romeo and Juliet is included in San Francisco Ballet's upcoming 2020 Repertory Season at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

For more information, see the San Francisco Ballet web site and the Royal Danish Opera House webpage.