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#16 Rachel

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Posted 18 June 2003 - 09:38 AM

This was the picture of Yuan Yuan that appeared in the SF Ballet program last year. This year, she has a more recent photo in the program which does make her look much more mature.

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 09:45 AM

why is her name known as Yuan Yuan Tan? why isn't it Tan Yuan Yuan? Tan seems to be the surname.

#18 Mel Johnson

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 11:48 AM

Many Asian performers in whose culture the family name comes first make allowances for western conventions when they perform in places where the order is reversed. One of the most unfortunate examples of what sometimes happens is found in Chinese classical pianist Sitson Ma. It seems that his name, when transliterated into the old-fashioned Wade system came out Mao Tse-T'sung. Anti-Communist demonstrators would rally outside anyplace he tried to play in the US!:rolleyes: He then tried a spelling change: Maw Sitson. People would walk out because they thought he was going to be some banjo-picking old lady singing bluegrass!:rolleyes: Ma Sitson didn't do any better, so he just switched the order: Sitson Ma. He was an excellent pianist, but he never got the recognition I think he deserved, in part because of his name difficulties!:cool:

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 04:55 PM

Yes, Mr. Mel is correct. Like Yo-Yo Ma; his name in Chinese is Ma Yo-Yo.

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 06:09 PM

Which of course, brings up the old question: How does Sylvester Stallone summon his mother?

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 11:28 AM

Ha, love that one: Yo Mama!

I guess the artist who has it easiest is the pianist Lang Lang. Although I heard him on the radio once saying the two names were actually pronounced slightly differently, one being the family name and the other his given name but when translated to the Western alphabet they both became Lang Lang. I can't even begin to figure out how to spell it the way he pronounced it though!

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 05:58 PM

I'm reviving this thread to get some real content going...

 

Sunday Profile: Yuan Yuan Tan
http://www.sfgate.co...Tan-3217847.php
 

"Yuan Yuan Tan likes getting her nails done, but forget about pedicures. The prima ballerina won't let anyone near her toes."

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Prima Perfection: Yuan Yuan Tan
http://www.pointemag...rima-perfection

Giselles Stepping Out - interesting comparison of dance styles in this review
https://www.sfcv.org...es-stepping-out

Dispatches from Tan (while on the London tour):
http://www.sfballetb...-yuan-yuan-tan/

http://www.sfballetb...tches-from-d-c/

Nice photo collection
http://spenceralley....n-yuan-tan.html

Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan with SFB board member Carl Pascarella and his wife Yurie
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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:02 AM

Haunting Beauty - Dance Magazine

http://www.dancemaga...Haunting-Beauty

 

Ask Yuan Yuan Tan if she is a big deal in her own country and watch her choreographed response. In a display of modesty any Giselle might envy, the Shanghai native softens her shoulders and lowers her chin demurely but her eyes cannot dissemble. The effect is endearing. You bet, she’s a big deal. “Not to disappoint,” Tan says with typical understatement, “is part of the Chinese character.”

 

Q & A with Yuan Yuan Tan (from Indianapolis City Ballet)

http://vimeo.com/37854455

 

CNN TalkAsia segment on Tan Yuan Yuan

http://edition.cnn.c...25/ta.yuanyaun/



#24 dirac

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:42 AM

Thanks, pherank. But for the record, it's perfectly okay to ask how to pronounce a dancer's name, and even make a joke or two. :)



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:56 AM

Thanks, pherank. But for the record, it's perfectly okay to ask how to pronounce a dancer's name, and even make a joke or two. smile.png

 

Oh absolutely, Dirac. I was just refering to the fact that there wasn't anything else in the thread about Tan. She's worth talking about as a dancer too.



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:21 PM

I don't think anyone contributing here would disagree with that, pherank. smile.png



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:39 PM

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 02:38 PM

This blog post tells about Ms. Tan serving as a jurist for the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition. From the photos I see that Ulyana Lopatkina was also a jurist:

 

http://www.sfballetb...jing/#more-7007



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 09:05 PM

Yuan Yuan Tan - the Movie. Don't ask me what that means - perhaps it is only available in China.



#30 Eshana

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:22 AM

Edwaard Liang's page on Vimeo has full-length performances of Ms. Tan and Damian Smith in "Distant Cries" (just performed in Stern Grove a few days ago), "Somewhere in Time" as well as Ms. Tan and Vito Mazzeo in "Symphonic Dances" (this entire ballet has been posted):

 

http://vimeo.com/cha...s/478037/videos

 

Ms. Tan is just utterly beautiful in these ballets (especially in "Somewhere in Time"; my goodness, look at that figure and those legs!), and Mr. Smith is equally as sensitive and committed.

 

Ms. Tan remains the only 'name' ballerina that I've seen live in my ballet-starved country - she performed in a gala and did the 2nd Act GPDD from "Giselle" and, my word, she conveyed a sense of such lightness and fluidity that it seemed like a breeze could carry her off the stage at any moment. As a child I had seen her on the cover of Time magazine years ago and I remembered being struck by her beauty. I didn't know very much about ballet back then, but I now realize that she must have been quite esteemed to have been on the cover of Time. She doesn't seem to attract as much attention as some of the other big-name ballerinas on this board and elsewhere, and I've wondered why that is.




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