Upcoming Exhibition | San Francisco Ballet at 90

San Francisco Ballet at 90

International Terminal

Departures Level 3, Gallery 4B and Gallery 4C
February 2023 - January 2024

San Francisco Ballet at 90

San Francisco Ballet has a history of making history. Celebrating its 90th Season in 2023 and its first under the direction of Artistic Director Tamara Rojo (b. 1974), San Francisco Ballet is one of the most influential ballet companies in the world. This is largely due to former Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson (b. 1942), who recently retired after a thirty-seven-year tenure with the Company. Tomasson’s emphasis on both the classical style and emerging choreographic trends has made San Francisco Ballet a calling card for its city—a ballet company suited to both the old-world grandeur of the War Memorial Opera House and the 21st-centry innovation of San Francisco’s tech scene. Tomasson’s canny eye for emerging choreographers and his innovative programming of unexpected works is especially demonstrated in the five choreographic festivals he curated during his tenure: 1995’s United We Dance Festival; 2000’s Discovery Program; 2008’s 75th Anniversary New Works Festival; 2018’s Unbound: A Festival of New Works; and 2023’s next@90 Festival. These festivals have brought emerging and established choreographers to San Francisco and have made San Francisco Ballet one of the premiere centers for new ballet choreography in the United States and around the globe. This exhibition will feature costumes from ballets created by choreographers who were commissioned for these festivals, showing the breadth of repertoire and design created in San Francisco over the past four decades.

A group of male dancers perform in Arthur Pita’s Björk Ballet  2019
Photograph © Erik Tomasson
Courtesy of San Francisco Ballet