As part of its 75th Anniversary Celebration, the San Francisco Ballet, America’s oldest professional ballet company, will embark on a four-city, 30-performance national tour this fall. The prestigious engagements will be at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, in Chicago, IL (September 16-21); New York City Center in New York (October 10-18); Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA (November 11-16); and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC (November 25-30).
Much of the tour’s mixed-repertory programming will feature works from the company’s acclaimed New Works Festival, which was held this spring. As the culmination of San Francisco Ballet’s recent 75th Anniversary Repertory Season, the festival featured 10 new works by 10 renowned choreographers that premiered over three consecutive evenings.
The Chicago ballets will mark the first full-company engagement in Chicago in more than two decades. Over eight days and nine performances, the New York performances will include seven New York premieres. The 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. The Costa Mesa performances include five Southern California premieres. 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. The Washington, D.C. shows will include two area premieres.