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SFB at Stern Grove 8/8/10

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Program and casting -- here's the link: http://sterngrove.org/august8_10.html

Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Admission-Free Performance

Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. & Sloat, San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival in its only Bay Area summer appearance. Renowned for its incomparable level of innovation and exuberance, San Francisco Ballet is one of the premier ballet companies in America.

The afternoon's program includes:

PRISM

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Roy Bogas

Vanessa Zahorian, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Isaac Hernandez

Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun*, Anthony Spaulding*

Hansuke Yamamoto

INTERMISSION

PAS DE DEUX FROM AFTER THE RAIN ©

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Composer: Arvo Pärt

Conductor: Martin West

Violin: Heidi Wilcox

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith

PAS DE DEUX FROM DON QUIXOTE, ACT 3

Choreographer: after Marius Petipa

Composer: Ludwig Minkus

Conductor: Martin West

Lorena Feijoo, Vitor Luiz

INTERMISSION

SANDPAPER BALLET

Choreographer: Mark Morris

Composer: Leroy Anderson

Conductor: Martin West

Ensemble

* Denotes premiere in role.

Casting subject to change.

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Now that is a mixed bill! Wish I could be there; the casting looks great.

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Program and casting -- here's the link: http://sterngrove.org/august8_10.html

Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Admission-Free Performance

Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. & Sloat, San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival in its only Bay Area summer appearance. Renowned for its incomparable level of innovation and exuberance, San Francisco Ballet is one of the premier ballet companies in America.

The afternoon's program includes:

PRISM

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Roy Bogas

Vanessa Zahorian, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Isaac Hernandez

Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun*, Anthony Spaulding*

Hansuke Yamamoto

INTERMISSION

PAS DE DEUX FROM AFTER THE RAIN ©

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Composer: Arvo Pärt

Conductor: Martin West

Violin: Heidi Wilcox

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith

PAS DE DEUX FROM DON QUIXOTE, ACT 3

Choreographer: after Marius Petipa

Composer: Ludwig Minkus

Conductor: Martin West

Lorena Feijoo, Vitor Luiz

INTERMISSION

SANDPAPER BALLET

Choreographer: Mark Morris

Composer: Leroy Anderson

Conductor: Martin West

Ensemble

* Denotes premiere in role.

Casting subject to change.

Change in casting (from SF Ballet website http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/casting.asp): Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets are now listed for Prism. This is a premiere for Tiit. I hope both Nutnaree and Anthony are OK - I was really looking forward to seeing them. They were wonderful in Rush.

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Just came back from Stern Grove. As usual, a big crowd, but a very drizzly and foggy day with only brief glimpses of semi-sun. I felt bad for the orchestra who got spritzed-on a number of times and deserve the trooper award.

Prism, not one of my fav pieces (not even among Helgi's works). The dancers were really in a tough situation. It was sprinkling all throughout the dance and they actually stopped it after the pas de deux for about 15 minutes because it was just getting too wet. Vanessa did a good job, but between the drizzle and people walking in front of me, it was hard to see. As usual, Hansuke Yamamoto stole the show with his solos at the end.

Don Q PDD with Vitor Luiz and Feijoo. Luiz, I think, is one of the great "catches" in this company. He's an incredible virtuoso dancer, easily as good if not better than Gonzalo Garcia and Luiz and Feijoo match up so well together. I'd love to see them in Coppelia. As might be expected, their performance was perfect but... they cut the first two solos and went straight to the coda! Perhaps this was to make up time lost because of the rain delay or maybe they were worried how much 'dry time' was left before they'd have to stop again.

After the Rain (apt choice of programming) with Damian and Yuan Yuan was beautiful. Not as focused as it is when performed inside, but the dancers' intense concentration really won over the crowd. As usual, Smith and Tan melted into one form and I always love the end where she does a highly arched backbend and Smith crawls underneath as though she's a little cave.

Sandpaper Ballet is always fun and a crowd pleaser (I'm saying that in a non-snarky way). Feijoo, Chung, Zahorian and the corps women did their best (although the stage is definitely smaller than the War Memorial Opera House and they seemed cramped). Loved the women's ensemble dance which is so Mad Men! Gennadi Nedvigin and male corps did a stylish job with their section. Okay, it was a little sloppier than I'm used to seeing it, but on a cold, wet day and their first performance of the new season, that's not too surprising.

Best of luck to all in Copenhagen and I can hardly wait for the coming season with some very exiting new dancers in the mix.

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