The Bar[re] is Set

San Francisco Ballet set the bar[re] for formal events in 2018 with its Celestial Opening Night Gala on January 18. Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson presented a Gala program of nine classical and contemporary works highlighting the company’s 85th repertory season onstage at the War Memorial Opera House.

The festivities began at 5 pm with a cocktail reception in the Van Ness lobby of City Hall for guests of the Grand Benefactor, Benefactor, and Patron dinners. Dinners started at 6 pm in the Rotunda, Mezzanine, and North Light Court. Meanwhile, ENCORE!, the Ballet’s social and networking group of young professionals, hosted a cocktail buffet in the South Light Court.

Inside City Hall, the grand dome transformed into a night sky for the celestial theme. Purple velvet and royal blue silk clothes with decadent floral arrangements covered the tables. Outside, as guests made their way across the street for the performance, Mother Nature added her touch of romance and drenched the party with rain.

Post-performance, the exciting After Party featured live music by Pop Rocks, the Ruth Davies Trio, and DJ Chris Clouse at City Hall.

Scenes from a Celestial Opening Gala for San Francisco Ballet:


Photos by Megan Bayley and Drew Altizer for Drew Altizer Photography

Highlights of San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 Season include Unbound: A Festival of New Works, 12 new works by the same number of innovative, international choreographers. An all-Robbins program will celebrate the centennial of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein; and performances of Neumeier’s acclaimed Nijinsky by The National Ballet of Canada.

Red Carpet Bay Area Salutes the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Gala Committee

Gala Chair: Kathryn A. Huber
Dinner Chair: Betsy A. Linder
Décor Chair: Catherine Bergstrom

ENCORE! Gala Chair: Kelcie Lee
ENCORE! Gala Vice Chair: Jamie Lee Taylor

Related: The Red Carpet Scene on Opening Night