Press Release

Press Release


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 17, 2020) – In compliance with the City of San Francisco’s March 16 public health order requiring all residents in six counties to stay home starting Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, April 7 except for essential needs, San Francisco Ballet has suspended all remaining performances of the 2020 Season, including Jewels (April 15 – 21) and Romeo & Juliet (May 1 – 10). This decision follows SF Ballet’s March 13 announcement confirming the suspension of Programs 05 and 06 (March 24 – April 5) of the current Season, and all public education and special events that were previously scheduled for March and part of April. SF Ballet employees will be working remotely, effective immediately. During this time, SF Ballet Ticket and Patron Services will not be available via phone, but will be available via email at tickets@sfballet.org. SF Ballet will continue to provide the most current updates via patron email and website.

“The health and safety of our artists, workforce, and community are our first priority at this time,” says SF Ballet Executive Director Kelly Tweeddale. “During these extraordinary times, we will continue to look for ways to connect with those around the world on social media channels, and remain in close discussion with the arts sector to find ways we can bring live performances back to the community.”

Patrons may donate their tickets back to SF Ballet as a tax-deductible contribution or opt to receive a credit for the face value of their ticket(s), which may be used toward any regularly scheduled performance for the 2021 Season, through May 9, 2021. Please note this does not include Nutcracker or special event-related performances. Patrons can visit the following form to exchange their tickets: https://www.sfballet.org/canceled-ticket-options/

San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. SF Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States and currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. The mission of SF Ballet is to share its joy of dance with the widest possible audience—in its community and worldwide—and to provide the highest caliber of dance training in its School. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world.

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