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Thursday, June 20, 2024

San Francisco Ballet


 

San Francisco Ballet

 

♦ Location: San Francisco, California – United States

♦ Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo

♦ Orchestra: San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

♦ Affiliated School: San Francisco Ballet School

♦ Founded in 1933 by Adolph Bolm as The San Francisco Opera Ballet. Changed name to San Francisco Ballet in 1942.

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San Francisco Ballet 2024-2025 Season

 

San Francisco Ballet 2024-2025 Season
San Francisco Ballet 2024-2025 Season. Sarah Van Patten and Anthony Vincent in Hans van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples // © Erik Tomasson.

The San Francisco Ballet 2024-2025 Season announcement not only included the programming reveal but news about changes in the company roster.

“Across an extraordinary 2024 season, I have been deeply inspired by the incredibly talented artists of our world-renowned company and our audiences in San Francisco.

In 2025, SF Ballet will explore a range of choreographic and artistic styles and deliver profound human connections through dance—from seduction to heartbreak, and from stories of conflict to gothic science-fiction.

I am thrilled to expand the classical repertoire for SF Ballet with works that showcase the brilliance of our dancers, while continuing to engage fresh perspectives and uplift the artistry of leading creatives from around the world.”

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet

 

San Francisco Ballet’s 2024-2025 company dancers and artistic team will become effective July 1, 2024. Of note, Angelo Greco is moving to Houston, and Dores André and Max Cauthor are returning to their Principal Dancer positions.

Also moving up the ranks are: Kamryn Baldwin, Carmela Mayo, and Joshua Jack Price to Soloist; Sofia Albers, Jacey Gailliard, and Dylan Pierzina to the corps de ballet; and Maya Chandrashekaran, Carlota Cruz, Emmitt Friedman, Justin-Cooper Meeks, Ben Taber, and Juliana Wilder to apprentices.

Joining the company as soloists are Fernando Carratalá Coloma (English National Ballet) and Victor Prigent (English National Ballet).

Joining the corps de ballet are Rebecca Blenkinsop (English National Ballet), Jakub Groot (Czech National Ballet), Lucas López (Joffrey Studio Company), Archie Sullivan (English National Ballet), and Juliette Windey.

The company and school will be led by Tamara Rojo alongside a team including recently appointed Associate Artistic Director Antonio Castilla, Director of Artist Development Kerry Nicholls, and Director of SF Ballet School Grace Maduell Holmes.

 

 

The company begins the season embarking on their first tour since 2019. The company will present Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Once back at home, they will perform Tomasson’s version of The Nutcracker, set in 1915 San Francisco during the Panama Pacific International Exhibition, building upon the company’s legacy as the first American company to present a full-length production in 1944.

Following is Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon (created for The Royal Ballet in 1974), adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut considered to be one of MacMillan’s most notable works.

The “Cool Brittania” program that opens 2025 features works by British contemporary choreographers:

  • Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, set to music by Joby Talbot and arranged by rock band The White Stripes, explores the drama of the human body and its ability to communicate extremes of thought and emotion.
  • Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, created for SF Ballet in 2008 as part of the New Works Festival, revolves around three central pas de deux.
  • Akram Khan’s Dust, one of Rojo’s first commissions for English National Ballet and Khan’s first-ever work for a ballet company, commemorates World War I performed to a score by composer Jocelyn Pook combining vocals, poetry, and an original recording of a soldier from 1916.

Rojo’s own Raymonda celebrates the best of Marius Petipa’s original set to Alexander Glazunov’s score but places it during the 19th-century Crimean War, drawing on the figure of Florence Nightingale.

Based on Mary Shelley’s 19th-century gothic novel, Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein returns to the SF Ballet stage, set to an original score by Lowell Liebermann and with sets and costumes by John McFarlane.

In the spring, there will be a tribute to Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen showcasing the company premiere of his critically acclaimed 5 Tango’s, Solo, Grosse Fuge, and Variations for Two Couples.

Wrapping up the season is the double-bill “Broken Love” where Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand are reprised.

Source: San Francisco Ballet

 

 

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