Sarah Van Patten in San Francisco Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, photo by Erik Tomasson
Publicity shot of the original cast of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, St Petersburg: Mariinsky Theater, 1890. Carlotta Brianza starred as Aurora. (author unknown; public domain)
Event Chair Lydia Bergman with Patricia Dassios at SF Ballet’s Prelude to the Kiss
San Francisco Ballet will open its 2018 Repertory Season on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Following the Opening Night Gala (a Red Carpet favorite!), the Repertory Season will consist of ten programs, from January 23 to May 6. The first program features Helgi Tomasson’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, the classic story of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince, and the triumph of a true love’s kiss.
The Sleeping Beauty, with music by Russian composer Tchaikovsky, is based on Charles Perrault‘s La Belle au bois dormant. First performed in 1890 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, it is one of the world’s most famous classical ballets. The Sleeping Beauty revival in San Francisco begins on January 23rd.
A Prelude to the Kiss on November 9, 2017, celebrated The Sleeping Beauty and offered sponsors an exclusive first glimpse at its lavish costumes. Event Chair Lydia Bergman of the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary welcomed some 100 guests to the reception held at a private home in the Presidio.
Scenes from Prelude to the Kiss:
Wanting Zhao, Laura Clifford and Jennifer Stahl at Prelude to the Kiss
Michelle Harris, Alston Calabrese, Laurie Hanna and Maria Hemphill
Costumes for San Francisco Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty
San Francisco Ballet School Students
Kristen Kelly and Jim Hale
Red Carpet Bay Area salutes the sponsors of Helgi Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty:
Ms. Laura Clifford
Alison and Michael Mauzé
San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary
Stephen and Margaret Gill Family Foundation
Innovation Global Capital
Alex and Carolyn Mehran
Mrs. Henry I. Prien
Michael and Mary Schuh
Mark and Debra Leslie
Timothy Marten, M.D.
Richard Thalheimer Family
Photos by Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography