Tweet the Plot: Giselle


In two acts, Giselle tells the story of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. In 140 characters or less, we want YOU to find a creative way to tell the story of Giselle on Twitter. Have fun—your plot can be as broad or detailed as you’d like!

Everyone who follows our guidelines and publishes a tweet by Monday, February 9 will receive a special discount on Giselle tickets. A discount code will be sent in a direct message on Twitter from @sfballet. (Be sure you follow us at @sfballet so we can send you a direct message for your ticket offer!)

Lacey Escabar and Sarah Van Patten in Tomasson's Giselle. (© Erik Tomasson)

Lacey Escabar and Sarah Van Patten in Tomasson’s Giselle.
(© Erik Tomasson)

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A Backstage Look at Giselle


As the master electrician, I have the privilege of managing a department of 8-15 people who implement the stage lighting for SF Ballet. It’s quite a big job to be in charge of the lighting instruments hanging backstage at the Opera House.

The electrics department does everything from operating follow spots to managing special effects like the fog in Giselle, one of my favorite productions, which is on Program 2 of this season. For each performance of Giselle, we use about 200 pounds of dry ice to create the mysterious fog effect that you see in Act II. That act in the woods is my favorite;  the backdrops are so beautifully painted and they’re hung on traveler tracks so the forest reveals the willies with old-style theater magic that’s very rare these days.


If you look closely at the bottom of the photo, you can see the “fog” rolling in for Act II

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Create Your Own Evening of Infinite Romance


Didn’t snag your Infinite Romance Gala tickets in time? Although the Gala performance is sold out, a limited number of After Party only tickets have been made available. To get us in the mood, SF Ballet’s wine and vodka partners have shared a few tips on how you can recreate the magic of Infinite Romance at home.

The 2014 Gala

The 2014 Opening Night Gala Ready To Begin

A Perfect Pair

William Hill Estate Winery, SF Ballet’s featured wine for five years, is serving up their award-winning wines at all of our major events, including the Opening Night Gala. In the heart of the Napa Valley, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietal wines from the hidden corners of southern Napa, the North Coast and the Central Coast to create a unique collection of rich, expressive wines. Share this food and wine pairing with your special someone, or give this food and wine pairing a try at your next cocktail party. Read More »

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Gala Tips From the Pros


It’s my favorite time of year! The beginning of the San Francisco Ballet Repertory Season kicks-off with one of the most exciting events of the season, the Opening Night Gala.  On January 22, 2015 we will celebrate with thousands of beautiful ballet lovers who will arrive at the War Memorial Opera House dressed to impress in Red Carpet-ready attire.

I joined the Company in 2002 and have attended the gala every year since then!  By far the most memorable dress that I wore was a black slinky gown with plunging back (see below!).  Year after year I am blown away by the daring and elegant fashion choices of the glittering audience members and dancers alike.


Let’s talk about what we will wear in 2015!

  • The attire is black tie but this does NOT have to equal boring. I think the most important thing to remember is to have fun!
  • Let your imagination rule and go daring! We will be surrounded by art lovers and artists alike, an eclectic group that will appreciate a daring look. Read More »
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