Midsummer Awaits for San Francisco Ballet

The Editors | April 21, 2020 | Lifestyle Feature Features

San Francisco Ballet is looking to 2021 to launch its anticipated production.

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Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamYuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream

With the suspension of all remaining performances of the 2020 season, the San Francisco Ballet is now focused on 2021. But all is not lost. If you’re a ticket-holder, you still have an opportunity to support the SF Ballet this year by donating your tickets back as a tax-deductible contribution. You may also receive credit for the value of your ticket(s), which can be used toward any regularly scheduled performance for the 2021 season, through May 9, 2021 (with the exception of The Nutcracker and special event-related performances). If you opt for the latter, the long-awaited George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be included as part of the 2021 Repertory Season. Filled with themes of love, magic and whimsy—not to mention characters that include Shakespeare’s beloved Titania, Oberon, Puck and donkey-headed Bottom—the production can be enjoyed by the whole family. “I think Balanchine did such a superb job with Midsummer,” says principal choreographer and Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, who danced as Oberon, King of the Fairies, with New York City Ballet in the late ’70s and early ’80s. “It has humor. It has suspense. It has love. And even if you are not a ballet aficionado, you immediately understand what’s going on.” The production, which was originally scheduled to begin on March 6, will mark the first time it will be seen in San Francisco in 34 years. 455 Franklin St., sfballet.org



Photography by: Erik Tomasson