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San Francisco has a New Ballet Master: Christopher Stowell Just Appointed to San Francisco Ballet

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Bienvenue chez toi, Christopher Stowell!

All the deets from our San Francisco Ballet:

“SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF CHRISTOPHER STOWELL TO THE POSITION OF BALLET MASTER & ASSISTANT TO THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

SAN FRANCISCO, CA Monday, July 28, 2014—San Francisco Ballet has announced the appointment of Christopher Stowell to the title of ballet master and assistant to the artistic director, effective August 25, 2014. Stowell will oversee a number of artistic duties in addition to those held by former Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director Bruce Sansom. Prior to the appointment, Stowell served as Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Stowell will report to SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. In this position, he will serve as Tomasson’s designate and liaison to Executive Director Glenn McCoy and SF Ballet’s administrative team on matters of planning, budgeting, and program expense management. He will also assist with scheduling, and artist and season management. As Ballet Master, Stowell will teach Company class and rehearse ballets for the repertory season.

“Many may remember Christopher from his long and successful career in the Company,” said Tomasson. “Christopher joined San Francisco Ballet in 1985 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1990. I look forward to working closely with both him and our current Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director, Ricardo Bustamante, in these complementary roles,” added Tomasson.

Christopher Stowell was born in New York City and received his training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. In 1985 he joined SF Ballet where he danced for sixteen years, appearing in theaters throughout the world including the Paris Opera House, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. As a principal dancer, Stowell performed leading roles in the full-length classics Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Othello, and had roles created for him by Tomasson, Mark Morris, William Forsythe, and James Kudelka. An established interpreter of the George Balanchine repertoire, Stowell appeared in almost every Balanchine ballet performed by SF Ballet. Upon his retirement in 2001, he was accorded a gala farewell at the War Memorial Opera House.

Stowell has taught and coached in San Francisco, New York, Japan, China, and Europe. He has created new works for SF Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute. He has also staged the works of George Balanchine and Mark Morris.

In 2003, Christopher Stowell became Oregon Ballet Theatre’s second artistic director. He made significant additions to the OBT repertoire, bringing to Portland works from some of the world’s most celebrated choreographers, including Ashton, Balanchine, Robbins, Taylor, Tomasson, Wheeldon, and Lubovitch. During Stowell’s tenure with OBT, the company performed in Korea and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C—as well as venues in New York, Chicago, Colorado, Washington, and Wyoming. In addition to creating eight world premieres for OBT, including Swan Lake (2006), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007), The Rite of Spring (2009), Carmen (2011), and Ekho (2012), Stowell also commissioned works by internationally prominent artists James Kudelka, Kent Stowell, Trey McIntyre, Yuri Possokhov, Julia Adam, and Nicolo Fonte. Stowell served as OBT’s artistic director from 2003-12.

About San Francisco Ballet
As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. Recent highlights include the United States premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, which was broadcast internationally, as well as nationally on PBS’s Great Performances “Dance in America” in 2011. In 2012, SF Ballet’s ambitious tour schedule included London and Washington, D.C., plus first-time visits to Hamburg, Moscow, and Sun Valley, Idaho. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.” 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet.”

OMG, San Francisco Ballet Just Announced Friday March 21 Performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Mad seats are available at our world-class San Francisco Ballet for Friday, March 21st, 2014, mostly because they just announced it. This is your rare chance to get great seats just one week before a popular show.

All the deets:

What: Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed Cinderella, Added Performance

When: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8:00PM

Where: War Memorial Opera House at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Tickets are $40-250. For more information visit www.sfballet.org or call 415.865.2000.

San Francisco Ballet Announces added Performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella on March 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, March 14, 2014 – Due to popular demand, San Francisco Ballet announced today that it will present an additional performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, on Friday, March 21, 2014. Co-produced by SF Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet, Cinderella had its world premiere in December 2012 with the Dutch National Ballet at the Amsterdam Music Theatre.SF Ballet principal casting for the added performance will be:

Cinderella: Sarah Van Patten

Prince: Tiit Helimets
Edwina: Elizabeth Powell
Clementine: Ellen Rose Hummel
Benjamin: Myles Thatcher

About Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Wheeldon’s production has thrilled audiences in both San Francisco and New York and received rave reviews—triumphed most recently by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…utterly alluring.” Set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Wheeldon’s interpretation combines parts of both the Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions, along with new elements. The result provides audiences with a magical tale that is stunningly visual and deeply moving.

One of the most in-demand dancemakers working today, Christopher Wheeldon is formerly a resident choreographer of New York City Ballet, founder/ artistic director of his own company, and an artistic associate at The Royal Ballet. The prolific choreographer has become a frequent presence at SF Ballet over the last decade. Cinderella, his eighth commission and first full-length work for the Company (a total of 12 of his ballets are in the repertory), follows the success of his 2011 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland— a co-production of the National Ballet Canada and The Royal Ballet.

About San Francisco Ballet

As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for more than two decades, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. Recent highlights include a tour to the People’s Republic of China, the celebration of Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s 25th anniversary with the Company, and the United States premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, which was broadcast internationally, as well as nationally on PBS’s Great Performances “Dance in America” in 2011. In 2012, SF Ballet’s ambitious tour schedule included London and Washington, D.C., plus first-time visits to Hamburg, Moscow, and Sun Valley, Idaho. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.”

Casting Announced for “Giselle” at Our World-Class San Francisco Ballet – Jan. 25th to Feb. 2nd – All Shows Available

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Take a look at Giselle at your San Francisco Ballet

Casting from January 25 – February 2, 2014

In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25—8:00 PM—OPENING NIGHT

GISELLE
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Conductor: Martin West

Giselle: Yuan Yuan Tan
Albrecht: Davit Karapetyan
Hilarion: Ruben Martin Cintas
Myrtha: Sofiane Sylve

More shows after the jump

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Unsponsored Link: The Time to Buy Tickets for the 2013 San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker is Now – Prices Going Up

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Here’s the latest from our San Francisco Ballet. If you think you might want to go this year, the time to buy is now. It’s not like you’re going to have a bunch of empty seats around you come December, so just get your ticks and put it in your calendar and you’re good to go.

All the deets:

“Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to Purchase Nutcracker Tickets at the Best Prices of the Season!

Tickets are going fast for SF Ballet’s spectacular production of Nutcracker! Current prices are guaranteed only through September 30, so dont miss your chance to enjoy the best seats at the very best prices of the season.

SF Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages, featuring exquisite costumes and scenery, breathtaking effects, and spectacular dance by one of the world’s premier companies. Join us as the lights dim, the curtain rises, and the wonder of the holiday season comes to life in Nutcracker: a uniquely San Francisco tradition.

Order now before prices increase Oct 1!

Make Nutcracker a special occasion!
From our VIP Box Experience with an elegant reception, to Family Performances with special gifts for the first 500 children and complimentary treats at intermission, SF Ballet offers a variety of special performances to make Nutcracker an unforgettable experience.Learn more here!

Groups have more fun—and save up to 20%!
Gather 20 friends or colleagues and save up to 20% on select performances and seating areas. Learn more or call 415.865.6785.

Remember, after September 30, Nutcracker ticket prices are subject to change, so don’t delay, reserve your seats today!

Order Online: sfballet.org/nutcracker

Call:
 415.865.2000 Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm

Visit sfballet.org/nutcracker for a full schedule of Nutcracker performances and events.

The 2014 Season of Our San Francisco Ballet Looks to be Awesome – The Time to Buy Tickets is Now – Cheaper Than the Movies

Friday, August 16th, 2013

I mean, sort of cheaper than the movies, if we’re talking about IMAX 3D at Metreon movies.

The way to get tickets now is to buy them three at a time, for as cheap as $54 for the set.

Then you put the dates in your calendar and you’re good to go.

Do it.

DO IT.

If you’re a newby, here’s how:

“Includes Giselle, Firebird, and Cinderella. Celebrate the depth and variety of SF Ballet’s Repertory Season with this unique package that includes the lush classic Giselle, and a triple-bill of three short works including Yuri Possokhov’s crowd-pleasing Firebird, based on the classic Russian folk tale about a prince and his journey with a magical flying creature. And you’ll lock in your seats for the return of Christopher Wheeldon’s delightful Cinderella.”

Those are your “story ballets.”

See you there!

PROGRAM 1

GISELLE

Giselle

Jan 25 – Feb 1

LEARN MORE

PROGRAM 2

Val Caniparoli World Premiere

From Foreign Lands

Borderlands

Feb 18 – Mar 1

LEARN MORE

PROGRAM 3

Firebird

Ghosts

La Bayadère

Feb 20 – Mar 2

LEARN MORE

CINDERELLA

Cinderella

Mar 11 – Mar 23

LEARN MORE

PROGRAM 5

Shostakovich TrilogyWest Coast Premiere

Apr 2 – Apr 13

LEARN MORE

PROGRAM 6

Helgi Tomasson World Premiere

Maelstrom

The Rite of Spring

Apr 4 – Apr 15

LEARN MORE

PROGRAM 7

Liam Scarlett World Premiere

The Fifth Season

Suite en Blanc

Apr 29 – May 10

LEARN MORE

PROGRAM 8

Agon

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet

Glass Pieces

May 1 – May 11

LEARN MORE

This Is It: Our San Francisco Ballet Adds Another Performance of Cinderella, the Hottest Ticket for 2013

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Demand for Cinderella is hot so our San Francisco Ballet just added another performance, giving you a chance at some good seats at such a late date.

Act now if you want to do this.

“Just Announced—Added Performance of Cinderella!

Due to popular demand, San Francisco Ballet has added a special performance of Cinderella on Sat, May 4 at 2pm.

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Perrault fairy tales, Christopher Wheeldon’s magical new production of Cinderella features something for everyone: dramatic music by Prokofiev, spectacular sets and costumes by Julian Crouch (renowned for his designs for Metropolitan Opera and the Broadway musical The Addams Family), and ingenious puppetry by Obie Award winner Basil Twist.

Tickets are going fast—reserve your seats today!

Want more Cinderella? Don’t miss the Cinderella Opening Night Ball and After Party on May 3 and the Cinderella LGBT Nite Out on May 10. 

Online: sfballet.org

Phone: 415.865.2000
Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm”

OMG OMG, the Cinderella Ball is Coming! Once in a Lifetime – May 3rd at our San Francisco Ballet

Monday, March 4th, 2013

This is it, the affair of the year.

Get your ticks soon:

Cinderella Opening Night Ball and After Party

Save the Date: Fri, May 3

The Cinderella Opening Night Ball comes only once in a lifetime, so reserve your space now! The festivities begin with an elegant cocktail reception in the Opera House, followed by a sumptuous dinner with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, designers of the production, and leaders of the dance world, in a spectacularly designed tent in the Memorial Courtyard, just adjacent to the Opera House. After the performance, dance the night away with the cast of Cinderella at the After Party, featuring music, cocktails, refreshments, and desserts. See the Cinderella Opening Night Ball trailer!

Download the RSVP form to purchase Cinderella Opening Night Ball tickets.

Purchase performance-only tickets.

Purchase after-party tickets.

You’ll see me there at the beginning scrubbing the floors looking like this, and then I’ll change to make my grand entrance:

A Disney character in “real life” via  Arts University College at Bournemouth 2009-2012. © Jirka Väätäinen

Suzy Kellems Dominik and Stephanie Barlage Ejabat
Co-Chairs, Cinderella Opening Night Ball
San Francisco Ballet Trustees

Sandy Katzman, Décor Chair
Shelby Gans, Dinner Chair
Karen Sonneborn, Marketing Chair
Elizabeth Pang Fullerton, Printed Materials Chair
Amy Burnett and Jan Zakin, After Party Chairs
Kelli Burrill, San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Liaison

Now’s the Time to Get Your Tickets for the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker – Great Seats Avail – Starting at $20

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Our excellent San Francisco Ballet‘s excellent production of The Nutcracker is back again for 2012.

And the reviews are in:

S.F. Ballet Reigns With Nutcracker

Tis the Season

Two ‘Nutcracker’ versions convey tradition

S.F. Ballet presents the classiest ‘Nutcracker’ of all

But all the fun is leaving us on December 28th, 2012, so the time to act is now.

And I should say that you’ll be able to get seats for just $20 and great seats are still available but those great seats will cost you a bit more.

But this show is a must-see, a great annual San Francisco tradition, so what are you waiting for.

And there’s the snow – lots and lots and lots of snow. You won’t believe how much snow:

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All right, see you there!

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Our San Francisco Ballet’s Very Own Yuan Yuan Tan Stars in International Ad Campaign for The Gap

Friday, August 17th, 2012

As seen on Market Street, larger than life, a ballerina in blue jeans:

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Hey, have you seen the line-up for the 2013 season? The time to buy is now.

Anyway, all the deets after the jump.

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OMG, You Can’t Miss Our San Francisco Ballet’s Free Performance at the Stern Grove Festival This Sunday!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Mark your calenders:

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET

Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m.
Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and
Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco”

How it looked last year:

Get all the deets at Odette’s Ordeal. 

All right, see you there!

(Arrive early, like super early, like sometime in the AM – make a day of it why not?)

Casting for the Sunday, July 29 performance at Stern Grove can be found here: http://www.sfballet.org/casting

Stern Grove – Sunday, July 29, 2012 – 2:00 PM

SCOTCH SYMPHONY
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan, Davit Karapteyan
Nicole Ciapponi

INTERMISSION

SPINAE
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher
Composers: Phil Kline and Mary Ellen Childs

Lacey Escabar, Lauren Parrott, Emma Rubinowitz
Alexander Reneff-Olson, Wei Wang
Jeanette Kakareka, Mimi Tompkins
Aaron Renteria, Devon Carbone, Max Cauthorn

PAUSE

SOLO
Choreographer: Hans van Manen
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Martin West

Gennadi Nedvigin, James Sofranko, Hansuke Yamamoto

NUMBER NINE
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Composer: Michael Torke
Conductor: Martin West

Frances Chung, Pascal Molat
Vanessa Zahorian, Garen Scribner
Sarah Van Patten, Ruben Martin Cintas,
Sasha DeSola, Vitor Luiz

In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change”

And don’t forget your kilt…

Courtney Elizabeth in Balanchine’s ‘Scotch Symphony’ – Photo © Erik Tomasson