An Iceland Homecoming


SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson has spent the majority of his professional life in America as a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director, but his life-long passion for ballet began much earlier–in Iceland.

Helgi Tomasson as a young dancer

Helgi Tomasson as a young dancer

Tomasson was born in the southwestern city of Reykjavík, Iceland’s largest city and capital. He began his training at a small local school and later enrolled at an academy associated with the National Theatre of Iceland, under Erik and Lisa Bidsted. Soon after, he began his professional career with Copehagen’s Pantomime Theatre and two years later was discovered by Jerome Robbins, who arranged a scholarship for him to attend the School of American Ballet.


This year’s engagement is the Company’s fourth visit to Iceland; SF Ballet last performed there almost 10 years ago, in May 2007.

Helgi Tomasson

This year, the tour repertory features five different choreographers with unique perspectives and styles. The well-balanced mix of programming includes a classical pas de deux (Petipa’s Le Corsaire), neoclassical ballets (Tomasson’s Trio, Balanchine’s “Rubies” from Jewels), and contemporary creations (van Manen’s Solo and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour).

Bay Area fans who aren’t able to fly into Iceland by opening night will have a chance to enjoy two of these ballets on Program 7 of the 2017 Season, in addition to a world premiere by Corps de Ballet Member Myles Thatcher.

Sarah Van Patten and Luke Ingham in Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour. (© Erik Tomasson)

Sarah Van Patten and Luke Ingham in Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour. (© Erik Tomasson)

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