San Francisco Ballet Update
Helgi Tomasson to be Celebrated by Dance/USA
Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, has announced that SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson will receive its “2012 Honor” award. The conference will be held in San Francisco from June 27-30, and awards will be given on Thursday, June 28 during the Dance/USA Honors Celebration.
Presented annually by the Dance/USA Board of Trustees, the Honor award goes to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the dance field through artistic excellence and/or for force of vision. For more information about this year’s conference, visit the conference website.
San Francisco Ballet Visiting Scholar Event at Commonwealth Club
On Thursday, April 12 from 12:00–1:00pm, SF Ballet’s 2012 Visiting Scholar Beth Genné will examine the many facets of Balanchine style, primarily referencing three works being presented as SF Ballet’s Program 7: Balanchine Masterworks. Genné, a professor of Dance History and Art History at the University of Michigan, specializes in twentieth-century American and British ballet as well as dance in the American film musical. Her next book, to be published by Oxford University Press, is a study of dance in the American Musical Film and the contributions of Balanchine, Fred Astaire, and Gene Kelly.
Tickets for Genné’s lecture, “Diamonds: The Many Facets of Balanchine’s Style,” can be purchased for $20 (standard), $12 (Commonwealth Club members and Patrons of San Francisco Ballet), $7 Students (ID required).
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Commonweath Club website.
New San Francisco Ballet Orchestra Recordings Available on CD
The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra has released a recording of the score of Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU. With music composed by bassist Shinji Eshima for the orchestra and conducted by SF Ballet Music Director & Principal Conductor Martin West, the CD was recorded at the famed George Lucas Skywalker Sound Studio in Marin. The CD is available for purchase in the Ballet Shop. To purchase the CD online, visit the San Francisco Ballet shop.
Additionally, in partnership with Reference Recordings, SF Ballet Orchestra has released Delibes’ Sylvia – Coppélia. Media copies are available. For more information about this CD or to request a media copy, please contact Janice Mancuso at Reference Recordings: JanMancuso@me.com.
San Francisco Ballet Hamburg Engagement Update
The following is an updated schedule of repertory that will be presented by members of SF Ballet during its engagement in Hamburg this summer. On June 26 and 27, Possokhov’s RakU, Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, and the pas de deux from Wheeldon’s Continuum will be performed.
On July 1, select SF Ballet dancers will present Tomasson’s Chaccone for Piano and Two Dancers and Ashton’s Voices of Spring. In addition, for one performance-only on June 22, four SF Ballet principal dancers will star in Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, performed by Hamburg Ballet. For more information regarding SF Ballet’s Summer/Fall Tour Series, please visit the San Francisco Ballet website.