Les Etés de la Danse Festival

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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.

Read the Reviews

San Francisco Ballet, Théåtre du Chåtelet, Paris
- The Financial Times, 7.21.14

An American Company in Paris
- The Guardian, 7.21.14

City of Dance, San Francisco Ballet’s Feverish Summer in Paris
- The Guardian, 7.18.14

San Francisco Ballet performs Morris, Wheeldon, Robbins Théåtre du Chåtelet, Paris
- The Telegraph, 7.18.14

San Francisco Ballet – Caprice, Hummingbird, Symphonic Dances- Paris
- Dance Tabs, 7.20.14

Works Performed at the Festival

Ashton -Voices of Spring

Balanchine - Agon, Allegro Brilliante, The Four Temperaments, 2nd Movement from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, 4th movement and finale from Symphony in C

Caniparoli - No Other

Kobborg - Les Lutins

Liang - Symphonic Dances

MacMillan – pas de deux from Concerto

Morris - Maelstrom

Possokhov - Classical Symphony

Ratmansky - Piano Concerto #1, Symphony #9

Robbins - Glass Pieces, In the Night

Scarlett - Hummingbird

Tomasson - Caprice, Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, The Fifth Season

van Manen - Solo

Wheeldon - After the Rain pas de deux, Ghosts, Within the Golden Hour

Zanella – an excerpt from Alles Walzer 

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