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San Francisco Ballet Partners with The Royal Ballet on Frankenstein in 2017

Choreography by Liam Scarlett

April 15. San Francisco Ballet will co-produce with The Royal Ballet a ballet based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The choreography, by The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, is based on Scarlett's perception of the classic story as about, “life, death and above all, love.”

The Royal Ballet will premiere the work on May 4, 2016. San Francisco Ballet will present the full-length production during the 2017 Repertory Season.

San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson expressed his enthusiasm for the production in saying, “We’re excited to offer our audiences an all-new, full-length production that promises to be visually rich and powerfully moving, with many roles that will showcase the full Company wonderfully.”

Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley to Gift Tickets to Deserving Children and Moms for Mother’s Day

April 24. Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley has announced it will gift 8,000 tickets to 4,000 deserving children and their mothers or mentors to see the Company's production of Cinderella, on May 8-10, at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

The Company is asking Silicon Valley leaders to join local philanthropists and the Company's Board of Trustees to “Grant a Wish”. Already two donors have contributed $100K.

Expressing his enthuasiam for the project, Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño said, “While growing up in Cuba I was very lucky to have important mentors, such as my uncle who was also a professional dancer and my teacher Alicia Alonso. I want to give kids in Silicon Valley the same opportunity I had in my youth - - to be exposed and inspired by the beauty of dance, and to share the experience of live performance with a special person in their life.”

All investors are invited to attend a champagne toast onstage after the Sunday, May 10, 1:30 pm performance. To Participate or for more information contact Liana Putrino at lputrino@balletsj.org or 408.288.2820 x213.

Three Bay Area Arts Groups Receive Grants from The Wallace Foundation

April 15. Cal Performances, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and San Francisco Performances have been selected for the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability effort. The New York-based Foundation's $52-million initiative encourages performing arts organizations to expand their audiences.

Among twenty-six arts organizations, ranging from dance and opera companies to orchestras, theaters, and multidisciplinary arts, awardees were selected from around the country. Each organization will design and implement their own programs to attract new and retain current audiences, then determine whether their efforts contribute to the organization's financial sustainability.

The selected partners will receive financial and technical support from the Wallace Foundation. The data collected will be analyzed by independent researchers.

2015-2016 Season Performances

April 25. This week, major Bay Area presenters Cal Performances, San Francisco Performances, and San Francisco Ballet all announced their upcoming season's lineup. The stunning and diverse array of dance shows how fortunate we are to be here.

San Francisco Performances

The three dance works from San Francisco Performances are all more than worth seeing.

Butoh artists Sankai Juku return to San Francisco in October in their performance of Umusuna-Memories Before History, a vision of the creation of the Earth.

In November, the London-based Akram Khan Company collaborates with celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney to present the enigmatic, contemporary work Kaash in a 2014 revival of the 2002 full-length work.

Company Wayne McGregor, formerly the Wayne McGregor | Random Dance company, performs their 2013 work Atomos, in January. McGregor describes this work as “atomizing bodies, movement, film, sound and light into miniature shards of intense sensation." Atomas begins Wayne McGregor's multi-year residency with San Francisco Performances.

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet starts off the upcoming season with its glorious Nutcracker, from December 16-31 and follows through with works by familar, treasured choreographers as well as stirring new works, including two world premieres.

While Balanchine and Robbins are among the esteemed and familiar in the season's repertoire, Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson said that this season includes, “works by some of the most exciting contemporary choreographers working today, including Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon... a world premiere by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, who will create his first work for the Company, and a world premiere by Liam Scarlett." Tomasson went on to say, "I’m thrilled that San Francisco audiences will see the North American premiere of William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts; San Francisco Ballet is honored to be the first American company to perform the work.”

Some audience favorites of SFB's season include Swan Lake, Coppélia, Magrittomania, Onegin, Dances at a Gathering, and Possokhov's Swimmer, which premiered this month.

Cal Performances

Next season's dance works at UC Berkeley's Cal Performances combine the high class traditional and ultra-modern.

Russia’s esteemed Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra perform Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella in October.

From Taiwan, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, directed by choreographer Lin Hwai-Min, performs Rice, on the cyclical nature of human–land interactions, in January.

Closer to home, American Twyla Tharp celebrates with her 50th anniversary tour in October, performing new works set to music by John Zorn, Henry Butler, and J. S. Bach.

Hyper-creative choreographer Trajal Harrell combines dance, song, and dramatic text in his new dance-theater work, The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai, in its West Coast debut in March.

Also in March, the Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Berkeley with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale to perform L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, set to the Handel oratorio of the same name.

Last, but not least, in April, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater makes its annual call on UC Berkeley with seven performances of classic Ailey repertoire and recent works by star choreographers, programmed by Artistic Director Robert Battle.

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