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Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915


In 2015, SF Ballet celebrated the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) with its production of Nutcracker, set in San Francisco in 1915, the year the fair came to the city. We spoke to Laura Ackley, author of San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, to find out more about the […]

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America’s First Snow Queen Turns 90


In November 2015, America’s first Snow Queen, Jocelyn Vollmar, turned 90 years old. SF Ballet celebrated her birthday and recognized her devotion to the art form with a performance by our School Trainees, followed by a post-performance celebration that included Company dancers, former students, and numerous colleagues. Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson toasted Jocelyn and presented her with a signed photo […]

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Combing the Archives of the Museum of Performance + Design


 Muriel Maffre was a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet from 1990-2007. After retiring, she received a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College of Moraga and an M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University. She is currently the executive director at the Museum of Performance + Design in San Francisco. For this […]

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Romeo & Juliet Through The Years


The story of Romeo & Juliet, the tragic and enduring love story created by William Shakespeare, has been a favorite of audiences and Artistic Directors at San Francisco Ballet for the past 75 years. Our first production, which premiered in the 1938, was created by Artistic Director William Christensen (he also performed the lead role). In the 1970s Michael Smuin, who […]

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