San Francisco Ballet & More in 2019
It’s a new year and San Francisco shows and events are heating up for 2019.
The San Francisco Ballet kicks off its 2019 season in January with Don Quixote. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the company has seven other programs, including The Sleeping Beauty, on the calendar through May.
If you’re a film buff, then February will be a busy month for you. The Mostly British Film Festival is set to launch at the Vogue Theater mid-month. You can always head to the pub after for some fish and chips and a pint – a perfect night out!
San Jose residents can stay close to home for their entertainment, as the San Jose Center for Performing Arts presents “Something, Rotten!” from January 29th through February 3rd.
Scroll down for handy links to more details on all three of these exciting events, and a preview of the 2019 San Francisco Opera season.
Leap into the 2019 San Francisco Ballet season
San Francisco Ballet beat the rest of the nation to the barre, founding the nation’s first professional ballet company in 1933. At the time, it was the San Francisco Opera Ballet, a division of the S.F. Opera. The Ballet became its own entity in 1942, two years after staging America’s first full-length “Swan Lake” and two years before premiering the country’s first full-length “Nutcracker” under the leadership of brothers Willam, Lew and Harold Christensen. (You can still see Willam Christensen’s “Nutcracker” at Ballet West in Salt Lake City.)
What’s Happening: Mostly British Film Festival in San Francisco
From February 14 through 21, the Mostly British Film Festival returns to the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco. This year’s festival features both new and classic films from English-speaking countries outside the United States — the UK, Ireland, Australia, India and South Africa.
The Mostly British Film Festival opens with The White Crow, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes. His film follows Russian ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev from his humble beginnings in the USSR to his dramatic defection to the western world in 1961. Acclaimed Ukrainian dancer Oleg Ivenko plays Nureyev.
Shakespearean parody can get pretty silly at times. OK, most of the time. But it’s seldom been sillier than in “Something Rotten!,” the Broadway musical coming to San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts.
Details: Jan. 29-Feb. 3; Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose; $43-$158; 800-982-2787, broadwaysanjose.com.
SF Opera’s new season to culminate with Mason Bates’ Steve Jobs opera
For San Francisco Opera general director Matthew Shilvock, opera is all about telling stories that reflect the human experience.
The eight operas of the 2019-20 season — the company’s 97th — will explore the full range of possibilities therein, from iconic works by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini to Mason Bates’ tech-driven 21st-century “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.”