Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Preparing for Iceland


This week, SF Ballet returned to Iceland to perform at the 2016 Reykjavik Arts Festival. The tour is, in part, a homecoming for Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson who hails from the country. During Tomasson’s tenure, the Company has toured to Iceland four times, most recently in 2007. For this engagement, SF Ballet will present works by Tomasson, […]

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Onegin Costumes: Metallic, Lace & Organza!


For this production of Onegin, Santo Loquasto redesigned the costumes from what was originally created by Jurgen Rose, who did the original costumes in 1965. Santo chose to redesign them because the material was fragile, and actually deteriorating! I personally have had a long relationship with Santo that goes back to 22 years! He’s famous […]

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Who is John Cranko?


John Cranko (1927–1973) was a celebrated choreographer of the mid-20th century who is credited with making Stuttgart Ballet one of the finest classical troupes in Europe. Born in South Africa, he trained with Cape Town Ballet School and created his first work, The Soldier’s Tale, for Cape Town Ballet Club in 1945. That same year he moved to London […]

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Instant Expert: Onegin


Here are four quick facts that will make you an Onegin expert even if you’ve never seen the ballet before, let alone stepped inside the War Memorial Opera House. Invite friends to the performance and mention these tidbits to impress your guests. How Do You Say Onegin? First things first, Onegin is pronounced oh-nye-gen. We often hear “one-gin”—as […]

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