The acclaimed San Francisco Ballet begins a six-day run this week at the Lincoln Center Festival. Helgi Tomasson's troupe performs an Opening Night Celebration (tomorrow at 8 pm), featuring pieces by Balanchine, Robbins, Lubovitch and Tomasson himself, and two programs during the week.
The first, and most anticipated, is the East Coast premiere (July 26-28) of choreographer Mark Morris's 2004 version of Sylvia, the beloved tale of nymphs, shepherds and deities with the classic score by L_o Delibes. (Purists, never fear and iconoclasts, beware: Morris has emphatically not done an update or spoof on the Arcadian story line, as he did to The Nutcracker with his Tchaikovsky-meets-John Waters The Hard Nut.)
Later in the week (July 29-30) comes a three ballet program: William Forsythe's Artifact Suite, which the San Francisco Ballet gave its U.S. premiere this past spring; Christopher Wheeldon's 2005 Quaternary; and Tomasson's own 2004 piece 7 for Eight.
Complete details and other information can be found at www.lincolncenter.org.