Before and after the San Francisco Ballet 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 Magical. Avé 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, the audience nearly all 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 19th:
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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- San Francisco Ballet Sets the Bar[re] (2016)
- Encores on San Francisco Ballet Opening Night (2016)
- A Provocative Opening Night (2016)
- Red Carpet Style on Opening Night at the Ballet (2015)
- Infinite Romance at San Francisco Ballet Gala (2015)
- Cute Couples at Encore!’s Opening Night Party (2015)
- A Phenomenal Night for San Francisco Ballet (2014)
- Red Carpet Favorites at San Francisco Ballet Gala (2014)
- The Late Scene on Opening Night at San Francisco Ballet (2014)
- San Francisco Ballet’s Global Tribute (2013)
- Encore! on Opening Night for San Francisco Ballet (2013)
- High Style at San Francisco Ballet’s Opening Night Gala (2012)
- Date Night at the Ballet (2012)
- San Francisco Ballet Gala Honors Helgi Tomasson (2010)
- Encore! Gala for San Francisco Ballet (2010)
- San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala Video (2009)