A preview of San Francisco Ballet's New York engagement by Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times.
Mr. Tomasson spends considerable time each year traveling in order to see new work. He said that he looks for choreographers with a good knowledge of the classical vocabulary, but that he is open to different aesthetics, citing the work of William Forsythe and Mr. McGregor. Not every work gets raves, but Mr. Tomasson is phlegmatic: “You keep at it, and hopefully good ballets will pop up,” he said.
The company commissions three or four new ballets a year, on average (this season there will be premieres from Val Caniparoli, Mr. Tomasson and the rising young British choreographer Liam Scarlett), and Mr. Tomasson said that he tries to present something new to West Coast audiences in each program, even if it is not a company commission. Later this season, Mr. Ratamanksy’s ambitious “Shostakovich Trilogy,” created for American Ballet Theater, joins the company’s repertory.