May 10, 2024—The coming of spring marks the end of the ballet season for many companies and the beginning of their summer tour season. The upcoming 2024-2025 season beckons with several premieres, works that are new to the Bay Area, North America, or, lucky us, the world. Here are some of the premieres we can look forward to in the coming months....

Dos Mujeres is San Francisco Ballet's tribute to Latina women, featuring the choreography of Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa with the San Francisco Ballet premiere of Broken Wings and the world premiere of Carmen by Cuban-born Arielle Smith. For the occasion, the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House is decorated in big, brightly colored...

April 9, 2024—As well as showcasing foreign artists, the annual San Francisco International Arts Festival is an opportunity to see some of the smaller local dance companies that typically perform in less well-known venues. Often limited by shoe-string budgets, they don't get as much advertising exposure as the bigger dance companies. Yet, some have...

No sooner had San Francisco Ballet concluded their last performance of Swan Lake this season when they announced its return with Swan Lake Encore from April 30–May 5. SF Ballet's Swan Lake is worth seeing again in and of itself, but the spring performances will have the bonus of international guest stars Natalia Osipova, Daniel Carmago, and Jacobo...

March 1, 2024—The New York Post dance critic Clive Barnes once said of Michael Smuin that, "he dares with an imagination that runs happily from Maryinsky to Las Vegas." Last night Michael Smuin's imagination ran very happily from Zorro to Frank Sinatra on the opening night of Smuin Contemporary Ballet's 30th anniversary production "Celebrating...

In what is believed to be the largest single gift ever to SF Ballet and possibly the largest ever to an American ballet company, an anonymous donor has gifted $60 million to San Francisco Ballet. The company intends to apply the donation to staging new works and revolutionizing the art of ballet.

February 4, 2024—When Diablo Ballet's Artistic Director Lauren Jonas lost her close friend and Diablo supporter Mari Cyphers, Lauren approached choreographer Penny Saunders to create a work to honor her. "I knew when her wife Kerry approached me about creating a ballet in Mari's honor who I wanted to create it," said Lauren, "And that was Penny...

January 27, 2024—If there were any doubts that incoming Artistic Director Tamara Rojo would shake up San Francisco Ballet, they were dispelled at the War Memorial Opera House last night with the world premiere of Aszure Barton's idiosyncratic Mere Mortals. The first performance of Rojo's first programmed season, Rojo has combined Barton's...

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