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San Francisco Ballet
Ranked #104 of 534 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: Experience wonderful ballet performances from October through May.
Mountain View, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 386 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2013

The SF Ballet is top-notch. They have dancers from all around the world, and do all kinds of cool things.

We saw them a few nights ago for the Scotch Symphony, Within the Golden Hour, and From Foreign Lands. They were all so different! The Scotch Symphony was essentially a choreographic homage to Scotland, danced to Mendelssohn's Scotch Symphony. The costumes were fantastic, and the dancing was beautiful, especially the pas de deux repeated twice in the piece.

From Foreign Lands was the main piece-- the world premiere, choreographed by Ratmansky. It was essentially a collection of smaller pieces inspired by the music and culture of various European countries. Our favorite was easily the Spanish piece, which had tons of saucy personality and emotive dancing.

But the best piece, we thought, all night was easily Within the Golden Hour by Christopher Wheeldon. Our tickets said this was the 'audience favorite', and it was easy to see why! It was super contemporary, almost experimental, without being overly weird or abstract. It was phenomenally gorgeous, hugely evocative. Even without a clear narrative storyline, it drew us in and captivated us the entire time. The dancers seemed to revel in dancing it, too, which always makes a show even more enjoyable.

We came with a Stanford alumni deal, which made the tickets much more affordable than usual... But we'd easily pay full price to see another Wheeldon piece! Or maybe their upcoming performance of Cinderella... We'll see!

Visited March 2013
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Elizabethton, Tennessee
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5 reviews
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“Wonderful Performance”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Attended their 3rd Rep performance - wow! A world class Ballet and the Opera House is a beautiful location.

Visited February 2013
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Auburn, California
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29 reviews
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“Nijinsky -Not our favorite ballet”
Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I saw Nijinsky at the SF ballet. Performed expertly by the Hamburg ballet co. the story is dark and overly long. This is to be expected as it is depicting mental illness.

The building is a gem.
I would skip the $38 buffet. The food was only so so. The restaurant area needs refurbishing. The service was good and it is convenient. Next time we will sample one of the many restaurants within walking distance.

1 Thank Carl B
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“The SF Ballet Performs at the SF Opera House.”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

The SF Opera House is a classical hall with grand staircases. Every daughter deserves to be introduced to the dance here, with a front row seat in one of the boxes to see a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. From that vantage point at the front of the balcony her sparkling eyes will take in all of the sweeping movement while her ears revel in the rich orchestral sound. As she grows she can sit closer, in the cheaper seats on the main floor to really see what the dancers are doing to leap and lift, pirouette and glide. Then she can come with a friend or two to see a world premier by the Ballet or a local premier like "The Little Mermaid." This is not Disneyland. This is really wonderful.

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“Horrid, butchered Nutcracker version, poor dancing, like a kids school play”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Was so excited to see the Nutcracker in a different country.

I almost left in disgust. If youre going to charge international prices $200 a ticket then your performance is going to have to live up to it.

I cant really remember there being any dancing almost for the entire first half. Lots of kids running around the stage. I paid for ballet dancers not the damn school play.

The story was dumbed down, like in American movies they have to point out the obvious!
And it was shortened. This I guess was probably for the children in the audience.
The Nutcracker is a ballet of high art, performed by top dancers in the rest of the world and should be considered thus, not treated like a kindergarten play.
The year before I saw it at the Royal Opera House in London. The full, properly performed version. There were plenty of kids. I myself used to be taken as a child. And sadly that was my comparison, I should have known better.

The lead female was great, the only saving grace. And Drosselmayer, doing magic tricks, during a ballet??!!!! really. No thank you.

Visited December 2012
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