Parties on Opening Night at San Francisco Ballet

Before and after San Francisco Ballet’s Gala and season opening performance at the War Memorial Opera House, guests met for cocktails, dining and dancing at City Hall.

San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary organized three dinners for Grand Benefactors, Benefactors, and Patrons with the theme of Ever MagicalAvé M. Seltsam served as Gala chair with Meg Ray leading the Gala dinners, all of which sold out well in advance. Vicki and David Cox were recognized as honorary chairs for the events. Décor chair Claire Kostic chose J. Riccardo Benavides for the event styling.

Post-performance, not only the audience, but also most of the dancers made their way to the After Party celebration that featured DJ Chris Clouse, silent disco by Silent Storm, and live music by Pop Rocks. Michelle Harris and Marie Hemphill served as chairs for the After Party.

Scenes from the parties on opening night at San Francisco Ballet, January 19, 2017:

The Gala performance sponsored by Elizabeth Pang Fullerton and Teri and Andy Goodman featured eleven classical and contemporary works. Included in the one-night-only opening Gala repertoire were two new works from acclaimed choreographers Trey McIntyre and Benjamin Millepied.

The event launched San Francisco Ballet’s 2017 Repertory Season, which includes three full-length productions: Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella©, and the North American premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein. The season also offers an array of choreographers such as George Balanchine, Justin Peck, and Alexei Ratmansky, and world premieres by Jiří Bubeníček, Arthur Pita, Yuri Possokhov, and Myles Thatcher.

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

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