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5 Fun Facts: Coppélia


Balanchine’s candy-colored production of Coppélia is perfect for the entire family, especially for children who enjoy Nutcracker every holiday season and want to learn more about ballet. Read on to learn more about some fun Coppélia facts: 1. Coppélia is one of the few full-length ballets choreographed by George Balanchine, who is well known for creating shorter works such as […]

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Nutcracker Fun Facts


SF Ballet is America’s first professional ballet company and the first company in America to premiere the complete version of Nutcracker. Choreographed by Willam Christensen, the Company’s first artistic director, the now-historic ballet premiered on December 24, 1944 and launched a beloved holiday tradition that is still performed all over the United States. Today, we […]

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Bringing Swordsmanship to Life


Fight Director, Martino Pistone, has taught at American Conservatory Theater, California Institute of the Arts, The Juilliard School, New York University, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. His choreography credits include regional theaters across the country, SF Opera, The Public Theatre in New York, and many television shows and feature films. How long have you […]

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An Interview with Cinderella Designer Julian Crouch


With a career that has spanned theater, opera, ballet, film and television, Brooklyn-based British designer Julian Crouch designed the sets and costumes for Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, a co-production of SF Ballet and Dutch National Ballet. Initially a mask and puppet maker, Julian has worked on The Addams Family and Shockheaded Peter and has designed for the English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. In […]

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