Helgi Tomasson to Step Down at San Francisco Ballet
After main the San Francisco Ballet for greater than 35 years, Helgi Tomasson introduced on Wednesday that can he step down as creative director and principal choreographer in 2022. “The corporate is in a really sturdy place proper now, the dancers are dancing superbly, and I assumed perhaps that is the correct time do it,” Mr. Tomasson mentioned in an interview. “The opposite factor was that my spouse and I want to spend extra time with our household,” he added.
Mr. Tomasson, 78, selected to share his departure plans upfront to offer the corporate’s board enough time to discover a appropriate substitute, a job made harder by the pandemic. “Issues take longer than they did throughout quote-unquote regular occasions when folks may fly out and you could possibly interview them or no matter,” he mentioned.
“Helgi is a visionary whose creativity, brilliance and stewardship of the Ballet is mirrored each within the caliber of the corporate’s work, in addition to within the considerate transition plan that he helped conceive to assist the group’s ongoing vitality,” Sunnie Evers, the co-chair of the San Francisco Ballet board, mentioned in a press release.
Mr. Tomasson plans to information the corporate by way of its digital 2021 season and assist it get again onstage in 2022, circumstances allowing. The approaching season, which begins with a digital gala efficiency on Jan. 14, will embrace world premieres from the choreographers Cathy Marston, Danielle Rowe and Myles Thatcher, all of which have been created to be filmed and streamed. In 2022, the programing will concentrate on work created and staged throughout Mr. Tomasson’s tenure. It should additionally characteristic a brand new work by Mr. Tomasson set to a keyboard suite by Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Although giving up his position as the corporate’s creative chief, Mr. Tomasson will possible oversee the brand new works pageant he has begun to plan for 2023, a follow-up to the “Unbound” pageant he organized in 2018 to spotlight rising choreographers.
Earlier than becoming a member of San Francisco Ballet as creative director in 1985, Mr. Tomasson danced with Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet and New York Metropolis Ballet. As a principal dancer at Metropolis Ballet, the place he labored with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, Mr. Tomasson was celebrated for his exact method and stylish model. “In Helgi Tomasson, the New York Metropolis Ballet has probably the greatest classical male dancers on the earth right this moment,” Anna Kisselgoff wrote in Gadget Clock in 1974.
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