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Great Performances: The Little Mermaid From San Francisco Ballet

Experience Hans Christian Andersen’s haunting tale of love in San Francisco Ballet’s production of this inventive ballet. Hamburg Ballet’s chief choreographer John Neumeier blends dance, dramatic storytelling and spectacle in a darkly emotional interpretation of the classic fable. Those expecting a simple ballet adaptation of the Disney animated film will be surprised to find a complex and intense portrayal of unrequited love and the resilience of the human spirit.

Yuan Yuan Tan (Mermaid) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Yuan Yuan Tan (Mermaid) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Yuan Yuan Tan as the Mermaid in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Yuan Yuan Tan as the Mermaid in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Lloyd Riggins (The Poet) and Yuan Yuan Tan (The Mermaid) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Lloyd Riggins (The Poet) and Yuan Yuan Tan (The Mermaid) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Tiit Helimets (The Prince) and Yuan Yuan Tan (Mermaid) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Tiit Helimets (The Prince) and Yuan Yuan Tan (Mermaid) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Lloyd Riggins (The Poet), Yuan Yuan Tan (Mermaid), Tiit Helimets (The Prince) and Sarah Van Patten (The Princess) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Lloyd Riggins (The Poet), Yuan Yuan Tan (Mermaid), Tiit Helimets (The Prince) and Sarah Van Patten (The Princess) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Davit Karapetyan (The Sea Witch) and Yuan Yuan Tan (The Mermaid) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Davit Karapetyan (The Sea Witch) and Yuan Yuan Tan (The Mermaid) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Davit Karapetyan (The Sea Witch) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Davit Karapetyan (The Sea Witch) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Lloyd Riggins (The Poet), Tiit Helimets (The Prince) and Sarah Van Patten (The Princess) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Lloyd Riggins (The Poet), Tiit Helimets (The Prince) and Sarah Van Patten (The Princess) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Yuan Yuan Tan (The Mermaid) and Tiit Helimets (The Prince) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Yuan Yuan Tan (The Mermaid) and Tiit Helimets (The Prince) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Yuan Yuan Tan (Mermaid) and Tiit Helimets (The Prince) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Yuan Yuan Tan (Mermaid) and Tiit Helimets (The Prince) in “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of © 2010 Erik Tomasson

Kristi Yamaguchi hosts GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Kristi Yamaguchi hosts GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

Credit: Courtesy of Kevin Berne