You can’t dance around the Pandemic. S.F. Ballet postpones “Swan Lake” gala

San Francisco institutions continue to be impacted by the 2-year-old Pandemic as the Omicron variaton wreaks havoc around the globe.

The historic and world reknown San Francisco Ballet has taken a prudent step, realizing you can’t dance around the Pandemic. The White Swan pas de deux from Helgi Tomasson’s “Swan Lake” must wait in the wings off stage for the time being.

San Francisco Chronicle 1.4.2022

The San Francisco Ballet’s season-opening gala, scheduled for Jan. 27, has been postponed to March 24 because of safety concerns over the surge of COVID-19 and the omicron variant, the company announced Tuesday, Jan. 4.

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The 90-minute program, titled “La Grand Fête,” is expected to feature the same programming as originally scheduled, including world premieres of ballets by Alexei Ratmansky, Yuri Possokhov and Myles Thatcher, as well as the stage debut of a pas de deux from Danielle Rowe’s “Wooden Dimes” and the White Swan pas de deux from Helgi Tomasson’s “Swan Lake.” But instead of opening the company’s season, which marks the last one for Tomasson as the Ballet’s artistic director, the event — now dubbed the 2022 season gala — is slated to come in between the fourth and fifth programs of the seven-program schedule.

The evening’s timeline begins with a 5 p.m. red carpet, followed by a 6 p.m. performance, and dinner and a reception at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket holders may exchange for a different performance or request a refund from the box office by Feb. 1.

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Helgi Tomasson- SF Ballet Director works his dancers in rehearsal

A company spokesperson said that Program 1, which includes the world premiere of Cathy Marston’s “Mrs. Robinson” alongside Balanchine’s “Symphony in C” and Tomasson’s “Trio,” is expected to open Feb. 1 as planned, but that the company would continue to monitor the progress of the pandemic.