Posted 21 April 2004 - 09:49 PM
I have say I'm disappointed; the season is quite heavy on Tomasson and I'm not a huge fan of his ballets. I also would have liked to see at least one of the Ashton ballets from this season repeated next year as I unfortunately missed Program 7. I also have doubts about the new Nutcracker from what I've read in the article; I don't like people making modernized psycho-dramas out of the classics, or moving classical ballets into contemporary time periods. But that's just my opinion...
Posted 08 June 2004 - 07:45 AM
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Posted 19 September 2004 - 09:35 AM
In other incarnation, it was a very weak piece. I think Tomassen did the lead in the premiere of Dybbuk Variations.
Posted 19 September 2004 - 10:32 AM
In the first version (and possibly the second) the dancers of both sexes wore loose, transparent, floor-length gowns over unitards. The gowns gave them an ungainly look, to my eye.
Posted 21 September 2004 - 05:22 PM
and then describes the new production as,
On a chilly, starlit Christmas Eve in December 1944, San Francisco Ballet performed the very first Nutcracker ever to be seen in America.
FILLED WITH A MYRIAD OF MAGICAL NEW SURPRISES
etc. Pakledinaz is doing the costumes, and I suspect they will be gorgeous.
The packet also includes two usable, oversized postcards, one of Clara (unattributed) holding the nutcracker doll, and one of Sarah van Patten as "Snow Queen." It is definitely NOT recyclable unless dismantled.
Posted 21 September 2004 - 05:52 PM
Posted 21 September 2004 - 07:14 PM
Clara's nascent lesbian attraction for the Snow Queen is explained in Magical detail to a sympathetic stage full of blow-up Nutcracker Dolls.
How's that for relevant?
[Disclaimer - I don't think Tomasson does stuff like this. I just couldn't resist]
Posted 22 September 2004 - 09:23 AM
It's a self mailer, in which the "cover" is one of those 3-D plastic things with ridges, so that when you turn it from side to side, Drosselmeyer (Ashley Wheater) makes the nutcracker doll appear and disappear.
These are actually called "winkies," and they are collectibles, for those who treasure odd things.
Posted 20 December 2004 - 11:23 AM
I'm excited about seeing Lambareda this season. When my daughter attended Evelyn Cisneros' summer intensive last summer, we saw the video of Evelyn performing that dance and it was amazing. Evelyn *owned* that role and it will be interesting to see new dancers in the role. I'm so sad that I never saw Evelyn dance in person. <sigh> I ran into her in the grocery store recently but it just wasn't the same.
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