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#1 pherank

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

The performance lineup for SF Ballet's Gala has just been released - and there's apparently a lot to be seen.

San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala: Moving the Compass
Thursday, January 24, 2013

"SF Ballet fans won't want to miss this spectacular performance, featuring a thrilling line-up of short, crowd-pleasing works including the Act 3 pas de deux from Don Quixote and the pas de deux from After the Rain. See the full line-up."


Tarantella
Composer: Louis Gottschalk
Choreography: George Balanchine

final solo from
L’Arlésienne
Composer: Georges Bizet
Choreography: Roland Petit

The Flower Festival at Genzano Pas de Deux
Composer: Matthias Strebinger, adapted by Holger Simon Paulli
Choreography: August Bournonville

In the Passarine's Church
Composer Wojceich Kilar
Choreography Myles Thatcher

Raymonda’s solo from
Raymonda Act III
Composer Alexander Glazunov
Choreography Rudolph Nureyev after Marius Petipa

2nd movement from
Trio
Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer Helgi Tomasson

grand pas de deux from
Don Quixote, Act III
Composer Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo
Choreography after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky

INTERMISSION

pas de deux from
Onegin, Act I
Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arrangement and Orchestration Kurt-Heinz Stolze
Choreography John Cranko

pas de deux from
Stars and Stripes
Composer: John Philip Sousa
Adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay
Choreography: George Balanchine

pas de deux from
After the Rain
Composer: Arvo Pärt
Choreography: © Christopher Wheeldon

excerpts from
Suite en Blanc
Composer: Édouard Lalo
Choreography: Serge Lifar

#2 Helene

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:32 PM

When I see "Gala" my eyes tend to glaze over, but that is an interesting and varied program.

#3 PeggyR

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:08 AM

Casts for the Opening Night Gala. Great news: Lorena Feijoo is back and dancing Raymonda's Act III solo.

TARANTELLA
Composer: Louis Gottschalk
Orchestrated by: Hershy Kay
Choreography:George Balanchine
Current Staging by: Elyse Borne
Costume Design: after Karinska
Conductor: Martin West
Piano Solo: Michael McGraw
Casting: Sasha De Sola*, Pascal Molat*

Final solo from ARLESIENNE
Composer: Georges Bizet
Choreography: Roland Petit
Staged by: Luigi Bonino
Scenic Design: René Allio
Costume Design: Christine Laurent
Lighting Design: after Jean-Michel Desiré
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Pierre-François Vilanoba*

THE FLOWER FESTIVAL AT GENZANO pas de deux
Composer: Matthias Strebinger, adapted by Holger Simon Paulli
Orchestrated by: William McDermott
Choreography: August Bournonville
Current Staging by: Helgi Tomasson
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Clara Blanco*, Gennadi Nedvigin

IN THE PASSERINE’S CLUTCH
Composer: Wojceich Kilar
Choreography: Myles Thatcher
Costume Design: Susan Roemer, Myles Thatcher
Lighting Design: Kevin Connaughton
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Dores Andre*, Dana Genshaft*,
Joan Boada*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*

Raymonda’s solo from RAYMONDA ACT III
Composer: Alexander Glazunov
Choreography: Rudolph Nureyev after Marius Petipa
Reconstructed and Staged by: Grant Coyle, assisted by Bruce Sansom
Lighting Design: after John B. Read
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Lorena Feijoo

2nd movement of TRIO
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Scenic Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Christopher Dennis
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets, Vito Mazzeo

grand pas de deux from DON QUIXOTE, ACT III
Composer: Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo
Choreography: after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky
Staged by: Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: after James F. Ingalls
Associate Costume Designer: Heather Lockard
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Frances Chung, Taras Domitro

pas de deux from ONEGIN, ACT I
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arrangement and Orchestration: Kurt-Heinz Stolze
Choreography: John Cranko
Staged by: Reid Anderson and Jane Bourne
Scenic and Costume Design: Santo Loquasto
Lighting Design: after James F. Ingalls
Copyright Dieter Graefe
Condctor: Martin West
Casting: Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz

pas de deux from STARS AND STRIPES
Composer: John Philip Sousa
Adapted and orchestrated by: Hershy Kay
Choreography: George Balanchine
Current Staging by: Elyse Borne
Costume Design: after Karinska
Lighting Design: after Sarah Linnie Slocum
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Vanessa Zahorian*, Davit Karapetyan*

pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN
Composer: Arvo Pärt
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Conductor: Martin West
Violin: Roy Malan
Piano: Michael McGraw
Casting: Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith

excerpts from SUITE en BLANC
Composer : Édouard Lalo
Choreography: Serge Lifar
Staged by: Maina Gielgud
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Sofiane Sylve*, Tiit Helimets*

* Indicates premiere in role
^Indicated guest artist
Program and casting subject to change

#4 Helene

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

Wow, Feijoo is back and in the big final Raymonda solo, right into the deep end.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:25 PM

Wow, Feijoo is back and in the big final Raymonda solo, right into the deep end.

So extremely happy to see Lorena again!! I'll never forget the year I went to the gala and she danced the Giselle PDD. When it was over the woman sitting next to me leaned over and whispered 'That's my daughter.' - Posted Image
But a bit sad since this will be the last gala for Pierre-François & Damian.... After the Rain with YYT & Damian Posted Image Can't wait for tomorrow night!!!

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

I went to this year's Gala after skipping the last one. The theme was “Moving the Compass” which meant moving through the compass or through world ballet – rather than being about deflecting the direction dance was going. Overall the program seemed more subdued than usual.

The two Balanchine pieces – Tarantella with Sasha DeSola and Pascal Molat and Stars and Stripes with Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan – were skillfully done but didn´t have the dazzling superficiality and playful exaggeration, and total belief in that superficiality, to bring them off. I liked Flower Festival at Genzano with Gennadi Nedvigin and Clara Blanco, who was lovely and brilliant.

Don Quixote grand pas de deux with Frances Chung and Taras Domitro was also very good and finely done, but strangely cool, as if missing the impelling force of its usual context. It seemed to lack certain accents such as Kitri’s flashing head and shoulder movements, laughing or resisting, when Basilio presents her to the audience upside down. [Later: I just remembered those pure and thrilling one arm lifts.] In the Raymonda Hungarian dance, Lorena Feijoo, whom I assocatiate with those flashing Don Q accents, didn’t make the great pop-off-the-ground-into-arabesque steps really “pop.”

There was a new piece, In the Passerine’s – songbird’s – Clutch by Myles Thatcher which was elegantly structured. For the Roland Petit L’Arlésienne solo, Pierre-Francois Vilanoba performs an all-out dance of agony before his leap through a beckoning window. I thought of Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun, which has a similar set arrangement and about how Robbins might have understated and detailed-out the role. And the child-like simplicity of the big open window reminded me of the Garcia Lorca poem Suicidio that begins, "The young man forgot himself / It was ten o'clock in the morning / his heart was filled with broken / wings and flowers of cloth ... "

Suite in Blanc, a sort of kingdom of the shades for mildly happy couples, nicely completed the program, and how wonderful was Sofiane Sylve who really inhabited her part. She was the white silk ribbon that pulled the whole thing together.

Anyone else have any thoughts on the overall character or about individual performances?

#7 Helene

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

Suite in Blanc, a sort of kingdom of the shades for mildly happy couples, nicely completed the program, and how wonderful was Sofiane Sylve who really inhabited her part. She was the white silk ribbon that pulled the whole thing together...

What an evocative description!

#8 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:19 PM


Wow, Feijoo is back and in the big final Raymonda solo, right into the deep end.

So extremely happy to see Lorena again!! I'll never forget the year I went to the gala and she danced the Giselle PDD. When it was over the woman sitting next to me leaned over and whispered 'That's my daughter.' - Posted Image


What can I say...I will never forget her as a very primising young starlet back in the early 90's -(91 to be precise). Too bad she was never permitted to dance the big roles in her homeland...

I guess she should be around Kent's age...?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:22 AM

Suite in Blanc[font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3], a sort of kingdom of the shades for mildly happy couples, nicely completed the program, and how wonderful was Sofiane Sylve who really inhabited her part. She was the white silk ribbon that pulled the whole thing together...[/size][/font]
Beautiful, Quiggin; thank you: I wish I'd said that.

I'm also eager to see the ballet again.

Edited by Paul Parish, 29 January 2013 - 03:59 PM.



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