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Programs 1–5 from top: San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty; San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's Serenade // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's On a Theme of Paganini; Vitor Luiz in Scarlett's Frankenstein; San Francisco Ballet in Robbins' Fancy Free // All Photos © Erik Tomasson. Program 6: Guillaume Côté in Neumeier's Nijinsky // © Bruce Zinger, courtesy The National Ballet of Canada. 01 THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Jan 23 – Feb 04 | Included in the Principal 8 & 5 Series This classic story of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince, and the triumph of true love's kiss will sweep you off your feet. With spectacular sets, lavish tutus, and Tchaikovsky's glorious score, Helgi Tomasson's production of The Sleeping Beauty highlights our dancers' classical virtuosity, casting its spell over a fairytale ballet of romance and wonder. 02 BRIGHT FAST COOL BLUE Feb 13 – Feb 24 | Included in the Principal 8 & 5 Series Balanchine turned up the volume on classical ballet, making the movement bigger, faster, and more energetic, and New York City Ballet alums Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck have put their own stamp on this aesthetic. Balanchine's moonlit Serenade is followed by Millepied's propulsive and expanded The Chairman Dances, and Peck's Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, an athletic, high-energy interpretation of Aaron Copland's iconic music. 04 FRANKENSTEIN Mar 06 – Mar 11 | Included in the Principal 8 & 3 Series The Creature is back! The sold-out hit of 2017, Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein bowed to roaring ovations. The Mercury News wrote "[Frankenstein] offers luscious performances, relentless drama, and spectacular set design and lighting." Inspired by Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece and set to Lowell Liebermann's powerful score, this ballet is a meditation on what it means to be human. 05 ROBBINS: BALLET & BROADWAY Mar 20 – Mar 25 | Included in the Principal 8 & 5 Series Our all-Robbins program celebrates the centennial of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein with four iconic works: Fancy Free, a high-spirited story of three sailors on shore leave in New York City; the otherworldly, pensive Opus 19/The Dreamer; the electrifying and brilliantly ferocious The Cage; and Other Dances, a gorgeous, lyrical duet set to Chopin's piano music. 03 DISTINCTLY SF BALLET Feb 15 – Feb 25 | Included in the Principal 8 & 3 Series Three works, all created by artists of SF Ballet, and all delightfully different. Helgi Tomasson's neoclassical On a Theme of Paganini, set to Rachmaninov's brilliant music, shimmers with charm and romance. For Ibsen's House, Val Caniparoli created a dramatic, emotional ballet from five of the Nordic playwright's works. Myles Thatcher's Ghost in the Machine soars through Michael Nyman's minimalist score with edgy, fierce dynamism. 08 07 UNBOUND: A FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS Apr 20 – May 06 | See reverse side for series dates The future of ballet is coming to San Francisco. We've celebrated maker culture here in San Francisco for decades—now we're taking it to a whole new level. Unbound features 12 world premieres by 12 innovative, international choreographers. The program(s) you see will depend on which series you choose—refer to Unbound insert for details. 06 THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA Nijinsky: A Ballet by John Neumeier Apr 03 – Apr 08 | Included in the Principal 8 & 5 Series The National Ballet of Canada returns to the Bay Area for the first time in a decade with Nijinsky, John Neumeier's imaginative tribute to the legendary dancer-choreographer. In this kaleidoscopic biography, pivotal moments surface through the lens of Nijinsky's psychosis, illuminated by the iconic characters he danced. "Stamina, guts and passion are what define this company right now." —National Post O N L I N E Promo code: UPGRADE18 P H O N E 415 865 2000 Mon–Fri, 10 am–4 pm M A I L San Francisco Ballet Chris Hellman Center for Dance ATTN: Ticket Services 455 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA 94102 Our boundary-breaking 2018 Season will challenge your perception of what ballet can be. Save 20% when you upgrade to a Principal 8 or 5 Series by June 1.* Thanks for joining us as a Choreograph Your Own (CYO) subscriber this season. Our 2017–18 Season includes familiar favorites, classic fairy tales, contemporary ballets, and an exploration of the future of ballet. We're offering you a 20% discount off the already-low subscription price when you upgrade to a Principal 8 or Principal 5 Package. Get the best of everything—the best seats, the best prices, and the best perks. When you upgrade to a Principal Package, you'll enjoy: • Priority seating before packages go on public sale • A discount of 20% off the subscriber price on additional Unbound tickets (when you order by June 1) • The same great seats for every performance with the opportunity to renew and improve them each year • Fee-free ticket exchange • Discounts on additional tickets for friends and family • Convenient payment plans • And more! See it all from the best seats and save. 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