West Side Story

February 28, 2008 8:03:53 PM PST
The San Francisco Ballet celebrates it's 75th birthday with the West Side Story.

About the San Francisco Ballet:
Acclaimed as one of the most innovative and artistically creative classical ballet companies in the world, the Company will present a festival of 10 world premieres by some of the world's top choreographers, a program of performances by three international ballet companies, an additional world premiere by San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, and the Company premiere of Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite.

2008 Repertory Season Highlights:
San Francisco Ballet's 75th Anniversary Season, from January 29 to May 6, 2008, will consist of six programs performed in alternating repertory, as well as a New Works Festival of 10 world premieres. The anniversary season will also include the revival of former San Francisco Ballet Director Lew Christensen's Filling Station, one of the oldest American folk ballets; an all-Robbins Program, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the master choreographer's death and including the San Francisco Ballet premiere of West Side Story Suite; a tribute to San Francisco Ballet from three international companies; a world premiere by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson; and the return of his full-length production of the classic Giselle. Prior to the repertory season, Helgi Tomasson's Nutcracker runs from December 13 through 30, 2007, for a total of 30 performances.

About San Francisco Ballet:
As America's oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic "firsts" since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first twentieth-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam, and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than one hundred performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for more than two decades, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award, its first, in the category of "Outstanding Achievement in Dance," for its 2004 London tour. In 2006, San Francisco Ballet was the first non-European company elected "Company of the Year" in Dance Europe magazine's annual readers' poll.

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