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San Francisco Ballet--Upcoming Season Led by Tamara Rojo
April 16, 2024

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES 2024–2025 SEASON

Led by Tamara Rojo, the company’s new season includes high-drama story ballets, inventive contemporary voices, and works rarely seen by U.S. audiences

Company announces tour to Madrid and season roster, including principal dancers returning to San Francisco and newly promoted and appointed soloists

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—April 16, 2024—San Francisco Ballet (SF Ballet) today announced its 2024-2025 Season that showcases exceptional works in contemporary and classical ballet, cross-disciplinary creative partnerships in fashion, music, and visual art, and company premieres of works not often staged in the U.S. Curated by Artistic Director Tamara Rojo, the season furthers the organization’s vision of defining the future of ballet by uplifting the voices of today’s most inventive dancemakers, celebrating the legacies of ballet visionaries, and expanding the company’s classical lexicon. Programs include high drama story ballets envisioned by Rojo and Sir Kenneth MacMillan; a quartet of ballets by Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen; and works by innovative contemporary choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan, Wayne McGregor, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The company also announced its first international tour since 2019, to the Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as its roster, which includes returning principal dancers Dores André and Max Cauthorn as well as newly promoted and appointed soloists and corps de ballet dancers.

SF Ballet’s 24/25 Season will include:

  • Manon, a devastating and dramatic ballet and one of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s most widely celebrated works, which will be performed for the first time by SF Ballet. Manon delves into human psychology and explores the juxtaposition between Manon’s impoverished origins and the lavish world she longs to inhabit;
  • Cool Britannia, a triple bill celebrating the new wave of boundary-pushing British voices with Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, and the North American premiere of Akram Khan’s Dust;
  • Tamara Rojo’s own Raymonda, a lavish reclamation of one of ballet’s timeless classics that celebrates the best of Marius Petipa’s original ballet and Alexander Glazunov’s sumptuous score in a dramatic, contemporary story;
  • The return of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein to San Francisco, an emotional tale of life, death, love, and identity featuring sensational choreography, cinematic design, special effects, pyrotechnics, and a haunting original score;
  • A tribute to the “grandmaster of contemporary ballet” with a curated selection of four works by Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen, including the San Francisco premiere of his critically acclaimed 5 Tango’s;
  • Broken Love, a double bill of two standout hits from the 2024 season, Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings; and
  • The beloved family holiday favorite Nutcracker, set in San Francisco and honoring the company’s legacy as the first to present a full-length production.

Additionally, this season will feature San Francisco Ballet’s first tour since 2019 with eight performances of Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain from October 15-22.

“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,” said Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet. “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.”

As part of its longstanding mission to foster innovation and new works, as well as rising choreographic talent, San Francisco Ballet will continue to provide a broad portfolio of career-enhancing creative opportunities through Creation House—the company’s first formal choreographic initiative launched in 2024—focusing specifically on choreography and new work development for company members, SF Ballet School students, and guest artists. Through programs including the Choreographic Residencies and ChoreoLabs, SF Ballet company members and visiting choreographers will have more opportunities to develop new work with the company. Most recently, SF Ballet Principal Dancer Esteban Hernández has been selected to create a piece for the SF Ballet School Trainees, which will become part of their touring repertoire during the 24/25 Season.

SF Ballet performs with the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra throughout the season, under the direction of Music Director Martin West.

SF Ballet’s 24/25 Season


2024-25 Company Roster


2024-25 Season Calendar


2024-25 Season Credits


2024-25 Season Photos

Nutcracker


Dec 6-29, 2024
SF Ballet will present the 20th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker, a Bay

Area tradition. Tomasson’s version, set in San Francisco, builds upon SF Ballet’s

legacy as the first American company to present a full-length production in 1944,

paving the way for the work to become a holiday classic. The sensory-friendly

performance of Nutcracker, which provides a welcoming environment for

neurodiverse audiences of all abilities, returns on December 29 at 11 a.m.

2025 Opening Night Gala
January 22, 2025
San Francisco Ballet will host its 92nd Season Opening Night Gala on January 22, 2025. Details to be announced at a later date.

Manon
January 24-Feb 1, 2025
A full-length ballet in three acts, Manon is considered one of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s most notable works, showcasing his expertise of narrative choreography and acute insight into human psychology. A full-length adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel “L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut,” Manon was choreographed by MacMillan in 1974 during his tenure as director of The Royal Ballet. Torn between her desire for a life of splendor and riches and her devotion to her true love, the heroine’s struggle to escape poverty makes Manon one of the most dramatic and devastating ballets, showcasing the juxtaposition between Manon’s impoverished origins and the lavish world she longs to inhabit. This is MacMillan at his best: finding full expression in the impassioned duets of the central couple, visceral and desperate in their desire.

Manon will feature original Royal Opera House stage design and costuming by Nicholas Georgiadis, and a score drawn from the collected works of French composer Jules Massenet.

Cool Britannia
Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, Akram Khan’s Dust
February 13-19, 2025

Three pieces—Wheeldon’s mesmerizing Within the Golden Hour, McGregor’s inventive and energy-driven Chroma, and Khan’s impactful Dust—make up a program celebrating the new wave of British voices in ballet.

Wayne McGregor's Chroma, last seen at SF Ballet in 2012, explores the drama of the human body and its ability to communicate extremes of thought and emotion. The score, drawn from original music by stage and screen composer Joby Talbot and arranged by rock band The White Stripes, is combined with stark, minimalist designs by architect John Pawson.

Christopher Wheeldon’s mesmerizing Within the Golden Hour was created for SF Ballet in 2008 as part of the New Works Festival. Around three central pas de deux, the ballet exhibits Wheeldon's complex weaving of ensembles, creating intricate lattice movements that shift and mutate in this reflection on the beauty of movement.

Akram Khan’s Dust was one of Tamara Rojo’s first commissions for English National Ballet and Khan’s first-ever work for a ballet company. Now, the one-act ballet commemorating World War I will have its North American premiere in San Francisco. Told in three sections, the piece explores the trenches and the men building and living inside of them, the social shift toward women in the workforce during the war, and the relationship between these women and their loved ones on the frontlines. A score by composer Jocelyn Pook combines vocals, poetry, and an original recording of a soldier from 1916.

Raymonda
March 1-8, 2025

Starring a huge cast of dancers and commanding a full orchestra, this lavish adaptation by SF Ballet’s Artistic Director Tamara Rojo is set against the backdrop of the 19th-century Crimean War, drawing on the figure of Florence Nightingale to create a Raymonda who redefines the role of women in wartime and society. This lavish adaptation celebrates the best of Marius Petipa’s original—with its glorious and sensuous score by Alexander Glazunov—and updates it with a dramatic new story.

The original Raymonda is rarely seen in the U.S., and no dance company performs it in its entirety. This version marked Tamara Rojo’s debut in direction and choreography, and was nominated for the FEDORA – Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet in 2020.

Frankenstein
March 20-26, 2025
Based on Mary Shelley's 19th-century novel-turned-pop culture classic, the ambitious production returns to the SF Ballet stage. Featuring sensational choreography, costumes, special effects, pyrotechnics, and an original score, Liam Scarlett's virtuosic production of the 19th-century science fiction novel is a visceral, profoundly emotional tale of life, death, love, and identity.

Set to an original, sweeping score by Lowell Liebermann, this ballet takes the audience on a captivating journey through scientist Victor Frankenstein's ambitious plan to animate a patchwork of lifeless body parts, setting in motion a detrimental chain of fateful events. Renowned ballet and opera designer John McFarlane's cinematic artistry transports audiences to Shelley's world with stunning period-piece costumes set in a dramatically lit, circular anatomy theater, combined with electrifying pyrotechnics and expertly rendered special effects makeup that transform previous notions of horror into an allegory of the human condition.

Frankenstein will return for encore performances from April 26-May 4, 2025.

Van Manen
Solo, 5 Tango’s, Grosse Fuge, Variations for Two Couples
Apr 5-19, 2025

A tribute to Hans van Manen, this program showcases the nuance and elegance of the Dutch choreographer’s extensive oeuvre. Often dubbed “the grandmaster of contemporary ballet” and globally recognized for his unparalleled body of work, this program celebrates Van Manen’s dynamic vision as a leading choreographer of his generation.

Van Manen's profound interest in human connection takes center stage in this collection of four of his most renowned ballets, including the SF Ballet premiere of his critically acclaimed 5 Tango’s. Set to a wide range of musical voices—from the maestro of nuevo tango, Astor Piazzolla, to Bach, Beethoven, Britten, and beyond—the choreographer’s inventive style is on full display, blending classical and contemporary themes while showcasing the dynamic range of SF Ballet’s principal dancers.

Broken Love: Broken Wings & Marguerite and Armand
April 8-18, 2025

Two standout hits that captivated audiences in 2024 Repertory Season, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand, return for a reprisal, both a testament to the enduring power of love despite hardship, illness, and injury.

 

Returning after its U.S. premiere, Broken Wings is a vibrant, colorful exploration of the life and surrealist art of Frida Kahlo, who lived in San Francisco in the early period of her career. Featuring an original score interwoven with mariachi and Mexican folk music and a chorus of skeletons, Broken Wings offers a unique opportunity to enter the realms of Kahlo’s paintings through the lens of her wildly creative spirit.

Ashton’s deeply passionate and lushly designed Marguerite and Armand, with highly coveted principal roles originally created for ballet superstars Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn—who famously performed with SF Ballet’s company during the “Summer of Love” in 1967—will return to SF Ballet, the second American ballet company to perform this work.

 

Subscription and Single Tickets 

23/24 Season Principal Series subscribers can renew their subscription packages today. Six program subscription packages to SF Ballet’s 24/25 Season range in price from $138 to $2,874 and are also on sale today. Individual tickets for SF Ballet’s 24/25 Season, starting at $29, will be available in the fall of 2024. Visit sfballet.org or call Ticket Services, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 415-865-2000.

San Francisco Ballet School, Education, and Community Programs
San Francisco Ballet School, founded alongside the Company in 1933, is one of the most highly sought-after dance training institutions in the industry, cultivating the next generation of professional dancers for San Francisco Ballet and ballet companies around the world. Grounded in strong classical technique, the School brings a sense of energy, freedom, and joy to dance, and emphasizes the importance of a well-rounded, multidisciplinary artistic training. More than 70% of San Francisco Ballet dancers trained at SF Ballet School, and students in the School appear in SF Ballet productions throughout the season.

SF Ballet’s robust training, education, and community programs reach more than 42,000 people in the Bay Area annually. The Company’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the dance field is reflected through its efforts to recruit and train young dancers and choreographers of diverse backgrounds, to provide free and equitable access to arts education through its over-40-year partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), and to promote an inclusive art form by serving myriad sectors of the community that are often underserved. 

For over 40 years, SF Ballet has led its flagship Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) Residency Program, an in-school dance program in partnership with SFUSD that offers dance education at more than 35 public schools free of charge, serving over 2,500 school children across the Bay Area. Programming includes the annual SF Ballet Student Matinee Series, sensory friendly dance classes for the special needs community, professional development workshops for K-12 educators, after-school dance residency programs at Boys & Girls Clubs, a dance class specially designed for people with Parkinson’s, and an invitation to select SFUSD students to attend SF Ballet School on a one-year full scholarship through the Community Scholarship Program, which awards more than $420,000 in scholarships annually.

About San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet is a leading ballet company and trailblazer in dance locally, nationally, and internationally. Performing, commissioning, and collaborating with exceptional artists in dance and across disciplines, SF Ballet balances an innovative focus on new and contemporary choreography with a deeply held dedication to the classics. SF Ballet is a catalyst for the future of ballet by cultivating creativity, bringing dance of the highest caliber to a wide audience, and providing exceptional training opportunities for the next generation of professional dancers in its world-renowned School.

Since its founding in 1933 as the first professional ballet company in the United States, San Francisco Ballet has been an innovator in the art form and an originator of beloved cultural traditions, from staging the first American production of Swan Lake to bringing an annual holiday Nutcracker to U.S. audiences.


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