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  1. Many people know that the Ringling Brothers Circus has now closed in the U.S., but Russia is trying to keep circus arts alive - These Graduates Throw Themselves, Not Caps, in the Air Scouts from Russia and beyond hunt for talent at the year-end Moscow Circus School shows. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/theater/these-graduates-throw-themselves-not-caps-in-the-air.html
  2. I've lived in two places that showcase the change in approach to zoos: San Francisco and San Diego. The San Francisco zoo (which has improved over the years) was once of those "animals behind bars" places that, additionally, was often shrouded in cold fog, so it was not a great habitat for African and tropical animals. It just felt sad in the old days - a day at the zoo left me feeling depressed, not inspired. The San Diego Zoo, on the other hand, has always been at the forefront of zoo design and technological development. But the real improvement came with the creation of the sister-park, the San Diego Wild Animal Park (now called the Safari Park), where the animals are able to roam about on much larger tracks of land (though the environment is still very much under the control of humans, and not left to Mother Nature).
  3. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    Meanwhile, I was just reading about the film Polina, with Mariisnky dancer Anastasia Shevtsova - it would seem to be discussing artistic matters, and work options, that likely are not popular with a State-run art system. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/movies/polina-review.html
  4. The backlash against using trained circus animals relates to all the troubles the Sea World franchise has had with the Orca whales. So much bad publicity is causing even the "educational" approach (with minimal entertainment 'performances') to lose money. Which is actually a bad thing - a certain amount of in-person interaction with animals is important for humans (and maybe the more the better).
  5. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    A sad situation. Of course the performances of Nureyev will have to be postponed indefinitely given the 'unusual' circumstances. And if Nureyev is never performed, won't that be misuse of the State's funds too? Sort of a self-fulfilling prophesy. I sincerely hope Possokhov doesn't become a 'person of interest' to the State, as well.
  6. SFB 2017 Summer

    Much of the above Dance Magazine interview with Wonder Woman can be read online: http://www.dancemagazine.com/sofiane-sylve-2472967800.html I liked this statement, "Sylve, who hopes to become an artistic director herself, has found a satisfying outlet in teaching". I've said before that I would like to see her as an A.D. But what company will provide this opportunity? SFB has two men 'assisting' Tomasson - waiting in the wings, for the position. Se is going to need some management mentoring.
  7. SFB 2017 Summer

    There's no word yet about any International tours, short or otherwise, but I have a feeling that Tomasson is going to give his dancers a long rest period after an intense season. And Helgi now has his work cut out for him replacing retirees. For people in the Bay Area, SFB will be participating in the following popular events: Friday, July 21, 2017 Festival Napa Valley Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Center SF Ballet returns to Festival Napa Valley for one performance only on Friday, July 21, 2017, accompanied by members of the SF Ballet Orchestra. The Company will perform a mix of contemporary and classical works. Sunday, July 30, 2017 Stern Grove Festival 19th Avenue and Sloat, San Francisco SF Ballet will give their annual Stern Grove Festival performance on Sunday, July 30, 2017, accompanied by members of the SF Ballet Orchestra. The Company will perform a mix of contemporary and classical works. I do know that this just happened: "4 premiers dancers of San-Francisco Ballet will perform Variations for two couples, the Benois winner piece" at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Three of the dancers were Lauren Strongin, Joseph Walsh and Dores Andre. (Benois de la Danse Stars in a Quarter of a Century Gala) http://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/9000/ "The jubilee gala on May 30 will be opened by Joseph Walsh, the premier of the San Francisco Ballet, and Victoria Jaiani from the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, who last year performed the duet from Lan Lubovitch’s Otello alongside Fabrice Calmel. Victoria and Joseph will animate the sculpture of Benois de la Danse: they will present a miniature choreographed by Yuri Possokhov to the music by Ilya Demutsky, who have conceived this duet as a gift to the jubilee of Benois." http://benois.theatre.ru/english/history/2017/ Reaction from Strongin and Walsh: https://www.instagram.com/p/BUvWJBmABgT/?taken-by=josephwalshsf Congratulations to the dancers on their Bolshoi debut, and maybe first time on a raked stage for Walsh and Strongin. ;)
  8. "Many of the choreographers featured in the festival will be familiar names to SF Ballet audiences—Edwaard Liang, Trey McIntyre, Justin Peck, Arthur Pita, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, and our Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov. We are also welcoming several choreographers who are new to SF Ballet—David Dawson, Alonzo King, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, and Dwight Rhoden. It’s a tremendous group of artists, and I eagerly anticipate seeing what each of them will create for us." https://www.sfballet.org/2018festival
  9. Here's the archived video from today, August 18, 2017 on YouTube: [programming starts at about 2:00 minutes in] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l_rmYPwD70 It was nice to see Lonnie Weeks, Lauren Strongin and Max Cauthorn all get some air time, since normally the focus is on the principals.
  10. Thanks for the update, Apollosmuse - I just removed that old video link from my post.
  11. Today at 5:30pm is the next showing of UNBOUND festival rehearsals: "The second broadcast of our Unbound LIVE series will feature choreographers Justin Peck, Myles Thatcher, and Christopher Wheeldon. The broadcast begins at 5:30 pm on our Facebook page and on our website." https://www.facebook.com/sfballet/
  12. SFB 2017 Summer

    Look who will be on the cover of the September 2017 Dance Magazine: "I don't do average"
  13. I've seen plenty of comments about how much people enjoy watching the classes, and users have been unhappy about SFB editing away much of the class time in the "highlights" video they eventually release on YouTube. Felips Diaz runs such a great class that it is understandable for ballet aficionados to want to watch the entire thing. Video of NBC in Paris would be especially interesting to me - I would love to see a "countdown to performance" as you mentioned.
  14. Thanks for the reminder, Volcanohunter - I had actually forgotten the details of it all. I'm not a fan of "Facebook Live!" but we go where we have to go. Sites like YouTube are, much like IKEA stores, a "vortex by design" - it's all about keeping the user in place longer, and longer, and longer...
  15. I finally noticed that SFB also mentions that there will be "behind-the-scenes footage via Facebook Live!" Just how that's going to work with the YouTube live stream, I don't know. Hopefully it is something that will remain posted to the SFB (presumably) Facebook page for a number of weeks. https://www.instagram.com/p/BXiu8rYFkzx/?taken-by=sfballet
  16. 1978 . . . and Today

    Thanks for the 'snapshots', Millosr. Did Nureyev ever make it back to SF to perform? I found this report from 1967: The great Haight ballet bust of 1967 http://www.sfchronicle.com/thetake/article/The-great-Haight-ballet-bust-of-1967-7230386.php
  17. I'm looking forward to the next live broadcast. I wonder if Alonzo King just didn't want the public observing his process, or if he felt like he needed to reschedule his rehearsal times?
  18. Color film of Kay Mazzo and Peter Martins dancing Stravinsky Duo Concertant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IqHkRt1F18 Brief clips of Duo Concertant with Tiler Peck & James Whiteside (Vail Dance Festival 2015) Begins at 1:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF3sA3REuUY Duo Concertant with Hugo Marchand and Laura Hecquet http:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRwJcnBoJCw
  19. A great way to play hooky. ;) I'm looking forward to a fun October 5th.
  20. Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    More from the technical masters: Angelo Greco http://https://www.instagram.com/p/BXgO85UFXpP/?taken-by=_angelogreco_ Ana Sophia Scheller https://www.instagram.com/p/BXOIUXEjHeP/?hl=en&taken-by=la_scheller
  21. In the age of Instagram and Facebook, we sometimes get to see some great short videos. These are all SFB related - short but sweet: Helimets and Froustey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdGmUqBkBLc&feature=youtu.be Frances Chung https://instagram.com/p/9o76KrJ4cF/?taken-by=franadian https://instagram.com/p/qEaq7fp4TM/?taken-by=franadian Mathilde Froustey https://instagram.com/p/8M7KGlHrf5/?taken-by=lapetitefrench_ https://instagram.com/p/8M-LqAHrTf/?taken-by=lapetitefrench_ Sasha De Sola https://instagram.com/p/qEzCdFQOFk/?taken-by=sashadesola https://instagram.com/p/z3cpk1QOEV/?taken-by=sashadesola Tiit Helimets and Chloe in Giselle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNdTcbfbIR8
  22. SFB 2017-18 season

    SF Ballet has posted their video trailer for the upcoming season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE7cfWuNGjE It shows us that there is probably lots of great rehearsal and ballet creation footage stored away that will never see the light of day. The one odd shot was of the back of Martin West's head - not really an appropriate image. ;)
  23. Thanks Doug! I should mention that Kattner-Ulrich's dissertation is in English, although submitted to Freie Universität Berlin. And it is of course written in the particular academic style/format required of a dissertation, but it's "chock full" of great information throughout.
  24. The Patti Smith piece is indeed lovely.
  25. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    And don't we all have opinions? ;) The Nureyev "controversy" is a mess precisely because so many people are trying to weigh in on the ballet before it gets seen. But the only reason this project is happening is because a certain small group of artists got together, didn't bicker endlessly, and they finished the "first draft" of the project. There would be no Nureyev to speak of without Serebrennikov/Possokhov/Demutsky and the Bolshoi dancers involved. I give them all credit for making the effort. The rest of it is not about art.