Press Release

Press Release

San Francisco Ballet Announces the Return of Nite Out, Celebrating the Bay Area’s LGBTQIA+ Community

UPDATE February 21, 2023: The April 7 Nite Out event (Cinderella drag ball) has been cancelled. Nite Out will return in the 2024 Season.


WHAT: SF Ballet’s longstanding celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, Nite Out, returns on Friday, January 27 during SF Ballet’s next@90 festival (January 20–February 11). Nite Out will feature an LGBTQIA+ identifying dancer for the evening’s “Meet the Artist” pre-performance talk, and special celebratory lighting in the War Memorial Opera House.  Following the performance, patrons are invited to join Company artists and fellow partygoers at The Madrigal, a cocktail-forward restaurant nestled in the Van Ness corridor, for a specialty cocktail menu. The evening will include SF Ballet’s Nite Out community partner, LYRIC, an LGBTQQ youth organization in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District.

Nite Out returns on April 7 for a Cinderella drag ball following the evening performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella.

WHEN: Nite Out will be held Friday, January 27 at 8 pm during the BLANC / SCHREIER / POSSOKHOV performance of the next@90 festival. An afterparty will be held at The Madrigal from 10–12 pm. Details about Nite Out on April 7 will be shared soon.

WHERE: SF Ballet performances are held at the War Memorial Opera House (301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94012). The afterparty on January 27 will be held at The Madrigal (100 Van Ness Avenue, SF, CA, 94012).

Ticket packages are available for $99, including the January 27 performance and the after party at The Madrigal. Tickets can be purchased here.

For Nite Out images, please click here.

Kate McKinney, SF Ballet’s Senior Manager, PR
415-865-6610/ kmckinney@sfballet.org

The future of ballet is coming Next. We’ve celebrated maker culture here in the Bay Area for decades, so to celebrate San Francisco’s 90th anniversary we’re looking forward. The next@90 festival presents 9 world premiere ballets by 9 innovative, international choreographers, centering the innovation of the dance world right here in San Francisco. next@90 festival features new works by Nicolas Blanc, Bridget Breiner, Val Caniparoli, Robert Garland, Yuka Oishi, Yuri Possokhov, Jamar Roberts, Danielle Rowe, and Claudia Schreier.

About San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet is one of the world’s leading ballet companies. As a commissioner, collaborator, and presenter, the Ballet performs locally, nationally, and internationally with the top choreographers, artists, and dancers while proudly celebrating its trailblazing role in dance. Since its founding in 1933 and as the oldest professional ballet company in the United States, the organization has been an innovator in dance and an originator of well-loved cultural traditions, from staging the first American production of Swan Lake to being the first company in the United States to present an annual holiday Nutcracker. In the progressive, innovative spirit of San Francisco, its mission is to share the beauty of classical and contemporary ballet, the joyful, transformative experience of live dance performance by artists working at the highest caliber, and to provide exceptional training opportunities for the next generation of professional dancers in its School.