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July Shows

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Does anybody know if the SF ballet is going to be having any ballets in the month of july???

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Yes -- the annual performance at Stern Grove will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. [stern Grove is an outdoor venue in the Sunset District of San Francisco; admission is free, but crowds are enormous. Arrive well before noon to stake out territory.] The program will be Allegro Brillante, Waltz Project (Peter Martins) and Makarova's staging of Paquita.

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So it's ballet outdoors???

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Briefly, what is it about?

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The program is a triple bill -- comprised of three different ballets from San Francisco Ballet's repertoire. The opener is Allegro Brillante, a 1956 work by George Balanchine set to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3. There is no plot; the work is brief (13 minutes). The middle work, Waltz Project, was premiered by SFB earlier this season. Choreographed by Peter Martins, it is a collection of 13 different waltzes by as many different composers. The final work on the program is Paquita, a surviving fragment of an otherwise lost work originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and staged for this production by Natalia Makarova. Does this information help?

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Yes, that helped a lot. Im going to California on the 24 so I'm praying I can go. Do you think if I typed in Stern Grove into a directory I would get good directions?

P.S sorry for bothering you.

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Stern Grove is right off 19th Avenue in the Sunset District of San Francisco. It is easily accessible on the Muni bus line. A ride on the Muni is only 35 cents for people under 18 and $1.00 for those over 17. My daughter and I are planning to attend and really looking forward to it. Bring something to sit on, it is just a field from my understanding. There are a few chairs, but they fill up hours ahead of time and are usually reserved for the handicapped or senior citizens according to my daughter who has been there before for a SFB performance.

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Thanks for this information, Francis -- it's much appreciated.

And now that we know that at least two, if not three, people will be seeing this, I second Leigh's plea -- PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU SAW AND WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT IT :D Thanks!

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Thanks everyone for all the help. I'm really excited to go now and I will be sure to post what I saw but I'm sure it's going to be great! Thanks again, Kristina;)

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Let me reiterate Francis' excellent point about arriving early. It can get very hairy. I won't be one of the people seeing it -- it's just a bit much for me nowadays. Maybe next year I'll have more stamina.

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Hello everyone, I went to the Stern Grove Festival this summer and it was great! The only problem was we arrived a little late and we wound up sitting up on the hill covered in dirt. Still, I'm glad that I got to go. It was really cold that day so the dancers wern't able to perform Paquita(I think), I was really looking foward to because the costumes were so pretty. Well next time we're going to try to reserve a table because I didn't really enjoy sitting in the dirt.( If you were there I was one of the people slipping down the hill with sandals on!)

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