Youth and Beauty

Innovation is alive and well in Helgi Tomasson's S.F. Ballet

Those revelations appear to have led to this year's flood of work from young choreographers, which includes two of last year's "Discovery Series" hits -- Julia Adam's acclaimed dream journey, Night, and Yuri Possokhov's lyrical Magrittomania, both of which will be featured on this year's summertime European tour. In addition to the Morris premiere and reprises of works by the latest Wunderkind of ballet, Christopher Wheeldon, and modern dance choreographer Lila York, the 2001 season also presents premieres by Val Caniparoli, Nacho Duato, and Hans Van Manen, plus an entire program devoted to performances by the Paris Opera Ballet, with a Nureyev classic, La Bayadere, and the West Coast premiere of Angelin Preljocaj's Le Parc.

"Helgi really is generating a new crop of choreographers," Adam said. "He shows his confidence in you by offering you opportunity. You look inside yourself. He's not telling you what to do. He's clearing a path to let you do it."For information on the San Francisco Ballet's 2001 season, call 865-2000 or go to www.sfballet.com.

First Dance: Tomasson supports the work of untested young choreographers.
Marty Sohl
First Dance: Tomasson supports the work of untested young choreographers.

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