This past July San Francisco Ballet returned to the beautiful Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris for the Les Etés de la Danse Festival. The three-week engagement marks the tenth anniversary of SF Ballet’s appearance in Paris during the festival’s inaugural season. Once again, French dance fans and critics alike have embraced the Company, with nightly standing ovations and rave reviews.
“A relentlessly creative company…[SF Ballet] showed themselves to be one of the strongest, most versatile groups in the world.”
– The Financial Times
“The company looked light, sharp and totally at home…”
- The Telegraph
“The audience went wild, and no wonder. How fortunate for us that there are many more nights of these particular Americans in Paris.”
- The Arts Desk
It was a whirlwind engagement where we presented 25 works by 15 choreographers, with a different program nearly every night for three weeks. The dancers had a memorable time both onstage and off, with their free time spent enjoying the wonders that Paris has to offer. To read more about the behind the scenes experiences from an insider’s perspective and musings about tour life in Paris, you can find blog posts by dancers Pascal Molat and James Sofranko, and SF Ballet staff photographer Erik Tomasson.