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11/11/2008 - 11/16/2008
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The San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance presents
Dance and Information Technology

Public Hours: Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14 from 4pm to 6pm
Ticket Holders: On performance days the doors will open a half-hour before the preview talk.

The Center, in partnership with the University of California Irvine, adds an exciting interactive, state-of-the-art dimension to the San Francisco Ballet’s 75th Anniversary visit to Segerstrom Hall November 11 – 16. Visitors and patrons can actually dance like stars utilizing Dance-IT, an innovative, telematic combination of dance and technology created by Charles McNeal, director of education, at the San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education in conjunction with John Crawford, associate professor of dance and media arts at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The installation will be located in the lobby of Segerstrom Hall. People of all ages will learn about – and practice first-hand – dance forms from around the world, including Afro-Cuban, Japanese, Modern, Ballet, Kathak, Tahitian, Hip Hop, Mexican Folkloric and West African. Through digital media contact, participants view step-by-step dance instructions on the screen, emulate the movements and then watch their performance played back. The Dance-IT experience is free and open to the public on Thursday, November 13th and Friday, November 14th from 4-6pm.  Ticket holders can experience the booth beginning 90 min before each performance.


Watch Preview of San Francisco Ballet on

“An unforgettable dance experience” San Francisco Examiner

As part of its 75 anniversary season, San Francisco Ballet makes a much-anticipated return to the Center. The superb dancers of America’s oldest professional ballet company will perform ballets by George Balanchine and Helgi Tomasson, as well as new works from its 2008 Repertory Season. This is a celebratory event that dance lovers won’t want to miss.

Program A (November 11, 13*, & 15 at 7:30pm; and November 16 at 2pm)
Possokhov: Fusion
Wheeldon: Within the Golden Hour
Balanchine: The Four Temperaments
Running time (approximate): 2 hours and 18 minutes

Program B (November 12* & 14 at 7:30pm and November 15 at 2pm)
Tomasson: The Fifth Season
Morris: Joyride
Elo: Double Evil
Running time (approximate): 1 hour and 57 minutes

* Ticket holders for these performance may stay after the performance for a Talk Back session with company members. Robert Russo and a panel of 3-6 dancers and company members will answer questions for the audience.

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