Paris' Inaugural Summer of Dance to Feature San Francisco Ballet

Classic Arts News   Paris' Inaugural Summer of Dance to Feature San Francisco Ballet
The inaugural Summer of Dance festival, which will take place in Paris this summer, will feature the San Francisco Ballet, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The festival, which runs July 5-23, replaces the 25-year-old Festival of Dance, which lost city funding in 2001. The governments of Paris and France have contributed about $260,000 for the new $1.7 million festival; the remaining funding will come from box-office revenue and foundation donations.

According to festival director and former Paris Opera Ballet dancer Val_ry Colin, future festivals will either follow the format of this summer's—organized around a single ballet company—or else will be organized around a choreographer or dancer.

The San Francisco Ballet will give a total of 13 performances of three programs: artistic director Helgi Tomasson and choreographer Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote; a program of works by Tomasson and George Balanchine; and a slate of new works by Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, and Christopher Wheeldon.

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