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Begin the Ballet

January 06, 2020

Each year since its founding in 1933, January has marked the official beginning of the season for the San Francisco Ballet. One of the oldest professional ballet companies in the country, the SF Ballet is renowned for stellar performers dancing in world-class productions that range from classical to offbeat. With a season that runs from January to May, it’s traditional to hold the final performance of the season on Mother’s Day, in addition to the traditional production of The Nutcracker every holiday season. The first show of the 2020 season is Christopher Wheeldon’s updated version of Cinderella.

You won’t find fairy godmothers or mice in Wheeldon’s adaptation, but he has retained the prince, the heroine’s dainty feet, and one poorly fitting slipper, all set to Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless and unforgettable score. You can catch a performance of Cinderella at the War Memorial Opera House starting January 21 and running through February 2. Additional performances this season include Dance Innovations in February, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ballet Accelerator, Present Perspectives in March, and Jewels in April. Romeo and Juliet will close out the season in May.

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