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Prog I:
Balanchine/
Wheeldon/
Ratmansky

Prog II:
Balanchine/
Tomasson/
Possokhov

Prog III:
Balanchine/
Petipa/
Tomasson/
Ratmansky
  Sadler's Wells, London, 20-25 September 2004
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...to CriticalDance's coverage of San Francisco Ballet's 2004 tour to London. The company's 2001 visit to Sadler's Wells was a huge success with critics and audiences alike: "Audiences left the Royal Opera House during SFB's one-week incumbency aglow with pleasure at the finesse, versatility and exuberance of this young-spirited company..."(Sunday Times)

SF Ballet boasts a company of world-class dancers performing an excellent and diverse repertory, including recent commissions from some of today's most interesting choreographers.

This page acts as a gateway to CriticalDance's special feature on San Francisco Ballet's performances at Sadler's Wells Theatre. We've included links to previews, interviews, and reviews by our writers as well as the national press. Also provided are an image gallery and links to other websites with information relevant to SF Ballet in London.

We're keen to have your views, whether you're in Europe or the US. So, do post your comments in our forum.


West Coast Wonders:

Preview - San Francisco Balletís London Season

By Mary Ellen Hunt

September 2004

With three completely different programs at Sadlerís Wells this month, San Francisco Ballet is bringing a little something for everyone to London. Versatility and style have always been hallmarks of the company, and with the eleven works planned for the tour, director Helgi Tomasson seems intent on showcasing those strengths.

Casting for the performances will be available as the dates draw closer, but here are a few glimpses of the ballets on the tour from a long-time observer of the company.

read the full preview ...



Charmed and Charming

An Interview with Nutnaree Pipithsuksunt, Soloist with San Francisco Ballet
by Mary Ellen Hunt

Pipithsuksunt first came to the attention of the international dance press at the Royal Academy of Dance's prestigious Adeline Genee competition in 2001, dancing the notoriously difficult slow variation from the Kingdom of the Shades in "La Bayadere." Although she was only 15 years old and among the most junior of the competitors, she won the gold medal that year, and was offered a full scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School in England.

Since then though, Pipithsuksunt's career has progressed apace. While she studied at the school, she had opportunities to perform abroad as well, including at the Teatro alla Scala's gala for the 190th anniversary of their school, as well as in Hamburg. It was there that she was first spotted by Helgi Tomasson, the artistic director of San Francisco Ballet.

read the full interview ...

plus all the SF Ballet in Europe Interviews...




The Gallery below contains images of selected pieces that San Francisco Ballet will perform in London.



- San Francisco Ballet website

- San Francisco Ballet at Sadler's Wells

- Sadler's Wells information

- Ballet-Dance Magazine focus: San Francisco Ballet

- San Francisco Ballet in London 2001





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