As part of Ballet Sun Valley’s Education Program, the Library is honored to present Helgi Tomasson, in a rare opportunity to engage with a world renowned ballet professional. One of the supreme classical dancers of his generation, Helgi has led San Francisco Ballet for 34 years and is the longest-serving sole artistic director of a major ballet company. Since Tomasson’s arrival in 1985, San Francisco Ballet has evolved from a respected regional troupe to an international company praised for its wide-ranging repertory, dancers of uncommon range and skill, and artistic vision.
San Francisco Ballet has long been recognized for pushing boundaries in dance. It is accompanied by its own orchestra and operates one of the country’s most prestigious schools of ballet. SF Ballet builds on its heritage by commissioning groundbreaking dance from today’s top choreographers, by uncovering new choreographic talent and by staging modern classics and the works that make up the canon of classic ballet. The Company’s approach defines ballet in the 21st century, and it makes SF Ballet the essential place to see the most adventurous dance in America.