California Nutcracker Ballet

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SAN FRANCISCO Ballet Nutcracker

December 11-18, 2019

War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
$36-450, approx. plus fees, sfballet.org

Artistic Director, Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

75th Anniversary Celebration on Opening Night Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7 p.m.

Opening Night pays tribute to our many "Claras" of the past, along with other San Francisco Ballet School Alumni who have been part of SF Ballet's Nutcracker tradition from the very beginning!

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December 11, 2019, 7 p.m.
December  12, 2019, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
December 13, 2019 2 & 7 p.m.
December 14, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December  15, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December  17, 2019, 7 p.m.
December 18, 2019, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
December 19, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December 20, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December 21, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December 22, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December 23, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December 24, 2019, 4 p.m.
December 26, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December 27, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December 28, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.
December 29, 2019, 2 p.m.

California claims the oldest, tallest and biggest trees in the world, all worthy of our attention during the holidays when trees become shrines glistening with lights, sparkling with tinsel and hiding thousands of dollars of gifts under their branches. Another holiday symbol worth taking note is The Nutcracker ballet, performed by nearly 100 dance companies in California. The Nutcracker brings together the Christmas Tree, a centerpiece for the ballet, with classical orchestration, rich costumes and millions of dollars of dance lessons showcased in local to world-renown productions such as the Great Russian Nutcracker.

Although we're considered one of America's newer states (31st,) we can be proud of our Nutcracker heritage and this claim: In 1933 San Francisco introduced the first professional ballet company in the U.S.

On Christmas Eve, 1944, the audience at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition. The first ballet company to bring the Nutcracker tradition to America, San Francisco Ballet's awe-inspiring production is like no other. Set in San Francisco during the 1915 World's Fair, Clara's dreamlike journey is an ode to the City's historical grandeur - all amidst colorful, larger than life scenery, over 200 dazzling costumed characters, and of course Tchaikovsky's beautiful score performed live by the world-class San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

Today, under the artistic direction of famed dancer Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet's lavish Nutcracker is showcased  in the exquisite War Memorial Opera House, a landmark since 1932.

Reflecting on today's talented, young dancers Tomasson said many have superb skills but it is hard for them to take on character roles, perhaps due to to contemporary music and lifestyles. The former principal dancer for the New York City Ballet said he tries to guide them in their careers.

San Francisco Ballet's sparkling production of Nutcracker, set  in the City by the Bay, has introduced audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet. This holiday season, experience the beauty and athleticism of SF Ballet's international cast of world-class dancers in Nutcracker, a San Francisco tradition since 1944.


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