Audience members have an array of ballet programs to attend at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, ranging from classics to new commissions.
For those who love a full-length production, the company opens with Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella which is a co-production with Dutch National Ballet and was last performed at San Francisco Ballet in 2017. Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet – also set to a score by Prokofiev – bookends the season. And in between, George Balanchine’s comedic Shakespearean ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream and shimmering Jewels are sure to attract newcomers and veterans alike.
There are a few pieces that return after their success in the company’s 2018 Unbound: A Festival of New Works programs, namely David Dawson’s Anima Animus, Edwaard Liang‘s The Infinite Ocean, and Stanton Welch’s Bespoke. There will also be new commissions by Unbound choreographers Cathy Marston and Trey McIntyre.
Before the 2020 Season begins, San Francisco Ballet will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Nutcracker. Christmas Eve of 1944 marks the premiere of this holiday classic for the company which was choreographed by then Artistic Director Willam Christensen. In 2004, Tomasson created his own version which is set in 1915 during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.