The final weeks of San Francisco Ballet’s ninetieth season brought a flurry of news, intrigue, and emotion. On April 20, the company announced an ambitious 2024 season, the first programmed by new artistic director Tamara Rojo. The next morning, the company dropped a bomb: executive director Danielle St.Germain had just resigned after barely a year in the job. Given that SF Ballet offered no reason for the resignation and the enthusiastic way St.Germain had positioned herself as co-leader with Rojo, speculation flew as to whether St.Germain had feuded with the board or Rojo or both. As I write this, news has just broken that may explain St.Germain’s departure: she took the top fundraising job at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Perhaps reports of internal company strife at SF Ballet have been greatly exaggerated.
Jasmine Jimison and Angelo Greco in Tomasson's “Romeo and Juliet.” Photograph by Lindsay Thomas