To Russia with Love: San Francisco Ballet Adds Moscow, Hamburg, & Sun Valley, Idaho to its 2012 Summer/Fall Tour; 4 Principal Dancers to Perform Neumeier’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ on Neumeier’s Home Stage

San Francisco Ballet’s First Visit to Russia 

Yuan Yuan Tan in Neumeier's 'The Little Mermaid'; Photo © Erik Tomasson

Well, well, well. As if tonight’s world premiere of Edwaard Liang’s Symphonic Dances wasn’t enough to cheer about…

…or the fact that San Francisco Ballet will already be going to London and Washington, D.C. for their Summer/Fall 2012 Tour (^click on the links for Tour details)…

San Francisco Ballet is pleased to announce additional engagements for its 2012 Summer/Fall Tour Series, including SFB’s first tour to Russia:

 Hamburg Tour

San Francisco Ballet will guest at Hamburg Ballet on June 26 and 27, performing a mixed-bill program that includes Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Possokhov’s RAkU, a pas de deux from Continuum, and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour. In addition, for one performance-only on June 22, four SF Ballet principal dancers will star in Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, performed by Hamburg Ballet. In addition, a select number of dancers will also perform on Hamburg Ballet’s Nijinsky Gala XXXVIII on July 1.

(Odette guesses she can safely pass on that the SFB Principals that will be performing as Guest Artists for Hamburg Ballet’s performance of Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid will be the famed ‘Opening Night Cast’ of Yuan Yuan Tan as ‘The Mermaid’, Tiit Helimets as ‘The Prince’, Sarah Van Patten as ‘The Princess’, and Davit Karapetyan as ‘The Sea Witch’. But we’re not surprised, are we?) 


Moscow Tour

San Francisco Ballet will present two performances at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia on June 29 and 30 (programming to be announced). This engagement will represent SF Ballet’s first visit to Russia, as well as a wish fulfilled for SFB’s Bolshoi trained Maria Kochetkova.


Sun Valley, Idaho Tour – 1 Night Only Performance

San Francisco Ballet’s summer/fall tour includes a one-night-only performance at the spectacular Sun Valley Pavilion in Sun Valley, Idaho. This SF Ballet performance will kick off Sun Valley’s Summer of the Arts. For more information, see programming below or visit:


San Francisco Ballet in Sun Valley

San Francisco Ballet in Sun Valley

JULY 8, 2012

Sun Valley Pavilion
Sun Valley, Idaho
Sunday, July 8, 2012, 7:00 PM

after the rain

Damian Smith & Yuan Yuan Tan in Wheeldon’s After the Rain (© Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet’s summer/fall tour includes a one-night-only performance at the spectacular Sun Valley Pavilion in Sun Valley, Idaho.

This SF Ballet performance will kick off Sun Valley’s Summer of the Arts which will include will include four weeks of performances by the highly acclaimed Sun Valley Summer Symphony; music performances and events sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts; and the well-known Sun Valley Writer’s Conference in late August. For more information on these and other activities, please visit the Sun Valley Resort website at

Hotel Packages
Sun Valley Resort is the Official Lodging Sponsor of the San Francisco Ballet.
For Special Saturday and Sunday night lodging rates please call 800.786.8259
Mention the Ballet for the special rate.


7 for Eight
Choreography:  Helgi Tomasson


Pas de deux from In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
Choreography:  William Forsythe

20-minute intermission

Pas de deux from The Dance House
Choreography:  David Bintley

Choreography:  Hans van Manen

Pas de deux from After the Rain
Choreography:  Christopher Wheeldon

Pas de deux from Don Quixote, Act III
Choreography:  after Alexander Gorsky and Marius Petipa

Program subject to change.

SUN VALLEY PAVILIONsun valley pavillion

The Sun Valley Pavilion is one of the most beautiful outdoor performance venues in the world. The Idaho sky and mountains inspired the 1,600-seat structure built in 2008.  The surrounding landscape is sculpted into an undulating park gently elevated like a natural amphitheatre that features lawn seating for another 2,500 guests who can enjoy the performance projected onto a large outdoor screen.

Purchase tickets to SF Ballet in Sun Valley.

View the Sun Valley Pavilion seating chart

Performance Sponsorships Available

Individual sponsor packages which include tickets and other special donor benefits are available for gifts of $2,500 – $25,000. For more information contact Laura Drake at or 208.721.3362.

This visit by the San Francisco Ballet to the Sun Valley Pavilion is made possible by the generous donations of the performance sponsors. In the event that proceeds from these donations, together with ticket sales, exceed the costs of this performance, the excess will be donated to Wood River Valley arts organizations and recognized charities that have assisted in making this special evening possible.


The news of these additional destinations comes on the heels of SF Ballet’s announcement of its London and Washington, D.C. engagements:


London Tour

San Francisco Ballet will embark on its first engagement to London since 2004. From September 14-23, 2012, the Company will perform three mixed-repertory programs over nine performances, at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, featuring: UK premieres and works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, and SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson.
Visit Sadler’s Wells website for tickets and information.


Washington, D.C. Tour

San Francisco Ballet will perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., November 13-18, 2012. The week-long engagement will feature Helgi Tomasson’s critically acclaimed Romeo & Juliet, and one mixed-repertory program (programming to be announced). The Company’s last engagement in Washington, D.C. was part of its 75th American Anniversary Tour in 2008.



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