S.F. Ballet marks 80th season with new, old favorites 

click to enlarge Dance fever: Yuan Yuan Tan and Rubén Martín Cintas are pictured in Jerome Robbins' “In the Night,” a work on Program 1 of San Franciso Ballet’s 2013 season. - COURTESY PHOTO
  • Dance fever: Yuan Yuan Tan and Rubén Martín Cintas are pictured in Jerome Robbins' “In the Night,” a work on Program 1 of San Franciso Ballet’s 2013 season.

San Francisco Ballet's 2013 season, announced today, offers world premieres by Wayne McGregor, Yuri Possokhov and Alexei Ratmansky, a U.S. premiere by Christopher Wheeldon and the visiting Hamburg Ballet in the Northen California premiere of “Nijinsky.”

Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson said, “I’ve enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with John Neumeier that dates back to my career as a dancer. This season we are thrilled to present Neumeier’s highly acclaimed and dramatic ‘Nijinsky.’”

The opening night gala is Jan. 24, followed by eight programs in alternating repertory, from Jan. 29 through May 12. And, typical since 1944, the 80th season begins with "Nutcracker" performances from Dec. 7-28 in the War Memorial Opera House.

Program 1 includes the San Francisco Ballet premiere of Serge Lifar's "Suite en Blanc"; Jerome Robbins’ "In the Night" and a new work by McGregor to be named.

Program 2 features Neumeier’s full-length "Nijinsky," a story ballet about the turbulent life of Vaslav Nijinsky, with music by Chopin, Schumann, Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich. (Neumeier’s last collaboration with the ballet was "The Little Mermaid," recently telecast on PBS.)

Program 3 includes Mark Morris’ "Beaux," to Bohuslav Martinu’s Harpsichord Concerto; the reprise of this season's “Guide to Strange Places” by Ashley Page, and a work yet to be announced.

Program 4 reprises the George Balanchine-Mendelssohn "Scotch Symphony" (at the Opera House this week on an all-Balanchine program); a new work by Ratmansky (Bolshoi Ballet artistic director and American Ballet Theatre artist-in-residence), and Wheeldon’s "Within the Golden Hour."

Program 5 reprises John Cranko’s story ballet "Onegin," the 2011-12 season opener.

Program 6 combines Act 3 of Rudolf Nureyev’s "Raymonda"; a new work by Possokhov, and Edwaard Liang’s "Symphonic Dances," which premiered this season.

Program 7 revives Tomasson’s 1997 "Criss-Cross";  Possokhov’s 2012 "Francesca da Rimini" and Balanchine’s 1972 "Symphony in Three Movements."

Program 8 offers Wheeldon’s "Cinderella,” a coproduction with the Dutch National Ballet, which presents the world premiere in Amsterdam in December.

San Francisco Ballet 80th Season
War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.
When: Jan. 29 to May 12, 2013
Tickets: $67 to $775 subscriptions, on sale starting June 4; single tickets on sale online starting Nov. 14 
Contact: (415) 865-2000; www.sfballet.org
Note: "Nutcracker" runs Dec. 7-28, 2012.

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Janos Gereben

Janos Gereben

Janos Gereben is a writer and columnist for SF Classical Voice; he has worked as writer and editor with the NY Herald-Tribune, TIME Inc., UPI, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, San Jose Mercury News, Post Newspaper Group, and wrote documentation for various technology companies.
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