Valentine’s Day, Ballet Edition


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and as romantic gifts go, you can’t beat a night at the ballet. We may not have performances on February 14th itself, but we can offer the chance to present your significant other with the ultimate gesture: two tickets to see a performance in the next few weeks.

So if you’re looking for a great last-minute Valentine Day’s gift in San Francisco, use the specially-developed diagnostic tool below to choose the right night for your sweetheart:


If they… are a hopeless romantic

Gift them… Cinderella

Magical sets and puppetry, gorgeous costumes and beautiful choreography: Christopher Wheeldon’s new version of the classic fairytale sold out last year, so trust us, they’ll be delighted you secured these seats so early when tickets inevitably become scarce. Buy tickets


If they… have hipster credentials

Gift them … A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Hamburg Ballet

Hamburg Ballet in Neumeier's A Midsummer Night's Dream (© Holger Badekow)

Hamburg Ballet in Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (© Holger Badekow)

Pull the ultimate hipster-pleasing move and take them to see one of Europe’s finest ballet companies before Valentine’s Day itself, thus celebrating the day of romance before everyone else does. John Neumeier’s re-imagining of Shakespeare’s most joyous comedy will deliver the boundary-pushing European stagecraft they crave. Buy tickets


If they…are on the cutting-edge

Gift them… our Program 2 triple-bill

An assortment of contemporary ballets from three of the world’s hottest dance makers should satisfy this guy or gal. Returning hits From Foreign Lands by Alexei Ratmansky and  Borderlands from Wayne McGregor were both chosen in SF Chronicle’s Top 10 Dance of 2013, and  SF Ballet Choreographer-in-Residence Val Caniparoli’s premiere of Tears is hotly anticipated. Buy tickets


If they…love some spectacle

Gift them… our Program 3 triple-bill

Yuan Yuan Tan in Possokhov's Firebird (© Erik Tomasson)

Yuan Yuan Tan in Possokhov’s Firebird (© Erik Tomasson)

This wide-ranging triple bill offers true visual and auditory impact, with the return of audience favorite Firebird, set to Stravinsky’s score, and the “astonishingly atmospheric” Ghosts (London Independent) from Christopher Wheeldon. The night finishes with a spellbinding excerpt from La Bayadère, one of the most famous and striking scenes in ballet. Buy tickets


Tell us in the comments: which one of these experiences would you love to receive on V-Day?

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One Comment

  1. avatar Betty Rappaport
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Love to receive Firebird!

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