SF Ballet Returns to “Starry Nights at Stanford Live

SF Ballet returns to Starry Nights at Stanford Live with a full evening of repertory ranging from classical to contemporary showcasing the dynamic range of SF Ballet’s impressive roster of dancers.

Swan Lake returned in our 2024 Season to rave reviews, critical acclaim, and a series of Encore performances that captivated audiences of all ages. Act II of Tomasson’s deeply moving interpretation of the quintessential classical ballet features the visually stunning corps de ballet of swans, the beloved Cygnets (Four Little Swans), and the tender White Swan pas de deux showcasing the tragic love story between Odette and Prince Siegfried. This is a rare opportunity to experience what is arguably the most notable Act of the full-length production.

These performances at Stanford Live mark the Company premiere of Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes. Set to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piano compositions, this captivating work blends technical prowess with emotional depth. Stevenson’s choreography expertly translates the music’s intricate melodies and dynamic rhythms into three movements that explore varying facets of the human experience. With its fluid transitions and expressive storytelling, Three Preludes invites the audience on a journey through the complexities of the human soul.

The evening closes with a tribute to the Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen, showcasing the nuance and elegance of his extensive oeuvre. Often dubbed “the grand master of contemporary ballet” and globally recognized for his unparalleled body of work, his hallmark inventive style will be on full display with three of his most popular works including Variations for Two CouplesSolo, and an SF Ballet premiere of 5 Tango’s set to a score by the maestro of nuevo tango, Astor Piazzolla.

This will be a memorable evening of traditional favorites and exciting Company premieres that showcase classical and contemporary themes and celebrate the dynamic range of our dancers.