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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR

FALL 2008 AMERICAN TOUR WITH ENGAGEMENTS IN CHICAGO, NEW YORK, COSTA MESA, CA, AND WASHINGTON, D.C.

San Francisco Ballet—America’s Oldest Professional Ballet Company—Embarks on a Four-city American Tour as Part of Its Year-long 75th Anniversary Celebration

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Tuesday, June 10, 2008—In fall 2008, as part of its 75th Anniversary Celebration, San Francisco Ballet–America’s oldest professional ballet company–will embark on a four-city national tour with 30 performances total. The American Tour will include prestigious engagements at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, in Chicago (September 16–21); New York City Center in New York (October 10–18); Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California (November 11–16); and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (November 25–30).

Much of the tour’s mixed-repertory programming will feature works from the Company’s acclaimed New Works Festival held in spring 2008. As the culmination of San Francisco Ballet’s recent 75th Anniversary Repertory Season, the festival featured 10 new works by 1o renowned choreographers that premiered over three consecutive evenings.

San Francisco Ballet at 75: The American Tour

San Francisco Ballet will kick off the tour with seven performances over six days at the Harris Theater in Chicago (September 16–21), marking the first full-Company engagement in Chicago in over two decades. For its Chicago engagement, San Francisco Ballet will perform two mixed-repertory programs of three works each. Additionally, in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Harris Theater, San Francisco Ballet will perform a special one-time-only gala program for the Harris Theater’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration on September 18. This engagement includes a total of six Chicago premieres. Program A includes the Chicago premieres of Helgi Tomasson’s The Fifth Season, Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, and Jorma Elo’s Double Evil, and will be performed at 7:30pm on September 16 and 19, and at 1:30pm on September 20. Program B, featuring the Chicago premieres of Tomasson’s On a Theme of Paganini, Mark Morris’ Joyride, and Yuri Possokhov’s Fusion, will be performed at 7:30pm on September 17 and 20, and at 1:30pm on September 21. The gala at 6:30pm on September 18 will include Possokhov’s Fusion, Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso, and two additional works to be announced.

Over eight days and nine performances (October 10–18) at New York City Center, the Company will present three mixed-repertory programs that include seven New York premieres. San Francisco Ballet last performed in New York in July 2006, as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, and most recently performed at City Center in 2002. Program A, which features George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and the New York premieres of Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour and Possokhov’s Fusion, will be performed at 8pm on October 10 and 18, and at 7:30pm on October 15. Program B features the New York premieres of Tomasson’s The Fifth Season and Morris’ Joyride, as well as Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, and will be performed on October 11 at 8pm, October 12 at 3pm, and October 16 at 7:30pm. Program C will be performed on October 14 at 7:30pm, October 17 at 8pm, and October 18 at 2pm, and includes the New York premieres of Tomasson’s On a Theme of Paganini, Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, and Elo’s Double Evil.

The third engagement of the American Tour will be at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California (November 11–16) and includes five Southern California premieres. San Francisco Ballet will present two mixed-repertory programs over six days and seven performances. The Company last performed in Southern California at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in 2003, and most recently performed at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 2002. Program A will be performed on November 11, 13, and 15 at 7:30pm and on November 16 at 2pm and includes the Southern California premieres of Possokhov’s Fusion and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, along with Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. Program B will be performed on November 12 and 14 at 7:30pm and on November 15 at 2pm, and includes the Southern California premieres of Tomasson’s The Fifth Season, Morris’ Joyride, and Elo’s Double Evil.

The American Tour concludes with an engagement at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (November 25–30) that includes two Washington, D.C. premieres. The Company will present a mixed-repertory program, Program A, as well as the full-length production of Helgi Tomasson’s Giselle, over five days and seven performances. Program A, a mixed-repertory program of three works, will be performed on November 25 and 26 at 7:30pm and includes the Washington, D.C. premieres of Morris’ Joyride and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, as well as Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. Tomasson’s full-length classic Giselle, which the San Francisco Chronicle hailed as “Tomasson’s finest achievement,” will be performed on November 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30pm and on November 29 and 30 at 1:30pm. San Francisco Ballet last performed at The Kennedy Center in 2000.

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Tickets are already on sale for SFB's City Center season. You can place your order and/or find the calendar of programs and other details here.

It may be worth remembering the $15 tickets for Rear Mezz available after you have bought your Fall for Dance tickets, which go on sale Sunday, Sept. 7.

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Casting is available for the Chicago leg of the tour:

http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/casting.asp

CHICAGO Program A Opening Night

Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 7:30pm

THE FIFTH SEASON

Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith

Katita Waldo, Davit Karapetyan

Sarah Van Patten, Pierre-François Vilanoba

INTERMISSION

WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR

Conductor: David Briskin

Katita Waldo, Damian Smith

Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada

Dana Genshaft, Mateo Klemmayer

INTERMISSION

DOUBLE EVIL

Conductor: David Briskin

Elana Altman, Pierre-François Vilanoba

Sarah Van Patten, Garen Scribner*

Vanessa Zahorian, Pascal Molat

Pauli Magierek, Jaime Garcia Castilla

CHICAGO Program B Opening Night

Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 7:30pm

ON A THEME OF PAGANINI

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Roy Bogas

Vanessa Zahorian, Pascal Molat, Joan Boada

Maria Kochetkova, Davit Karapetyan

INTERMISSION

JOYRIDE

Conductor: Martin West

Sarah Van Patten, Elizabeth Miner, Jennifer Stahl, Dana Genshaft

Gennadi Nedvigin, Pascal Molat, Martyn Garside, James Sofranko

INTERMISSION

FUSION

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Michael McGraw, Natal’ya Feygina

Saxaphone: Dale Wolford

Lorena Feijoo, Joan Boada

Kristin Long, Gennadi Nedvigin

Vanessa Zahorian, Jaime Garcia Castilla

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith

CHICAGO Gala Performance Opening Night

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 6:30pm

Excerpt from FUSION

Piano: Michael McGraw

Sarah Van Patten, Ruben Martin

NO OTHER

Conductor: Martin West

Lorena Feijoo, Pierre-François Vilanoba

CONCERTO GROSSO

Conductor: Martin West

Pascal Molat

James Sofranko, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Garen Scribner, Hansuke Yamamoto

DISTANT CRIES

Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith

Pas de deux from DON QUIXOTE, ACT III

Conductor: Martin West

Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada

Third Movement and Finale from PRISM

Conductor: Martin West

Taras Domitro*

Frances Chung*, Anthony Spaulding*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*

CHICAGO Program A Evening

Friday, September 19, 2008, 7:30pm

THE FIFTH SEASON

Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith

Lorena Feijoo, Joan Boada

Rachel Viselli, Ruben Martin

INTERMISSION

WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR

Conductor: David Briskin

Katita Waldo, Damian Smith

Tina LeBlanc, Nicolas Blanc*

Sarah Van Patten, Pierre-François Vilanoba

INTERMISSION

DOUBLE EVIL

Conductor: David Briskin

Elana Altman, Pierre-François Vilanoba

Sarah Van Patten, Garen Scribner

Vanessa Zahorian, Pascal Molat

Pauli Magierek, Jaime Garcia Castilla

CHICAGO Program A Matinee

Saturday, September 20, 2008, 1:30pm

THE FIFTH SEASON

Conductor: Martin West

Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun, Tiit Helimets

Katita Waldo, Davit Karapetyan

Sofiane Sylve*, Ivan Popov*

INTERMISSION

WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR

Conductor: David Briskin

Lily Rogers*, Brett Bauer

Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada

Dana Genshaft, Mateo Klemmayer

INTERMISSION

DOUBLE EVIL

Conductor: David Briskin

Lily Rogers, Ruben Martin

Maria Kochetkova, Nicolas Blanc

Dores Andre, Gennadi Nedvigin*

Dana Genshaft, James Sofranko

CHICAGO Program B Evening

Saturday, September 20, 2008, 7:30pm

ON A THEME OF PAGANINI

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Roy Bogas

Vanessa Zahorian, Pascal Molat, Joan Boada

Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets

INTERMISSION

JOYRIDE

Conductor: Martin West

Vanessa Zahorian, Rachel Viselli*, Elana Altman, Frances Chung

Ruben Martin, Nicolas Blanc, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Hansuke Yamamoto

INTERMISSION

FUSION

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Michael McGraw, Natal’ya Feygina

Saxaphone: Dale Wolford

Lorena Feijoo, Joan Boada

Maria Kochetkova, James Sofranko*

Frances Chung, Jaime Garcia Castilla

Sarah Van Patten, Ruben Martin

CHICAGO Program B Matinee

Sunday, September 21, 2008, 1:30pm

ON A THEME OF PAGANINI

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Roy Bogas

Frances Chung, Hansuke Yamamoto*, Jaime Garcia Castilla

Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada

INTERMISSION

JOYRIDE

Conductor: Martin West

Sarah Van Patten, Elizabeth Miner, Jennifer Stahl, Dana Genshaft

Gennadi Nedvigin, Pascal Molat, Martyn Garside, James Sofranko

INTERMISSION

FUSION

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Michael McGraw, Natal’ya Feygina

Saxaphone: Dale Wolford

Clara Blanco, Hansuke Yamamoto

Kristin Long, Gennadi Nedvigin

Frances Chung, Garen Scribner*

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith

* Designates premiere in a role.

Casting subject to change.

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