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#1 tutu

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 11:58 AM

In an interview with Time Out New York, beloved ABT soloist Simone Messmer announced she'd be joining SFB for the upcoming season:

 

 

 

Time Out New York: What rank are you going in as?
Simone Messmer: 
Soloist. Their rep is great. There’s all the Balanchine, a lot of new choreographers, which always works well for me, and enough full-lengths that there will be time to work on them. I have 13 weeks of rehearsal. Actual rehearsal! 

Time Out New York: Did you audition for other companies?  
Simone Messmer:
 No. I looked at the rep. I looked at who was running the company. I looked at the staff and in all honesty, I’m a New Yorker. I do not want to live in many other places, so San Francisco was the one place. I sent a small reel; they called me when I was in Beijing and said, “Come now.” I ended up flying from Beijing straight to San Francisco. And because Beijing’s pollution is so bad, my wisdom tooth got infected; I ended up having emergency oral surgery and having two teeth removed and my jaw scraped 12 hours before my audition. The dentist was like, “Don’t move for two weeks.” I was like, “Okay.” [Laughs] So I did my audition 12 hours later on only ibuprofen. I looked like I had been punched in the face. I couldn’t talk. I was like a chipmunk. It was the worst-case scenario. And 17 hours of jet lag on top of everything.

 

She also mentioned several more dancers joining the company, though not by name. Have any other announcements been made?

 

 

 

It’s funny: I think there’s a soloist from the Paris Opera going to San Francisco. And a boy soloist from the Bolshoi.

 

Regardless, you're lucky, SF! Messmer's a very special dancer.



#2 pherank

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:13 PM

Hi Tutu, yes this is being talked about in a couple of different threads - Mathilde Froustey of POB is the other known dancer, but the reference to the Bolshoi danseur hasn't been confirmed that I know of. Froustey will be a principal, Messmer will have to make do with a Soloist rank for now.

 

http://balletalert.i...-san-francisco/

 

http://balletalert.i...ging-companies/



#3 Helene

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:36 PM

This is great news for San Francisco Ballet.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 02:48 PM

Part of what I'm learning from all this is that SFB seems to be making a bigger impression on the community of dancers - more than ever before. Dancers in Europe, Great Britain, Australia, even Russia, actually seem to have it on their list of desirable companies. Tomasson isn't having to 'shop around' and go begging - the dancers are coming to him. And most dancers seem to say that it is the diversity of the company and the diversity of the repertory that is most attractive.

 

And we can add: very little in the way of soap-opera relationships and politics at SFB, which has to appeal to some.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:56 PM

Dmitriy Zagrebin will come from the Bolshoi Ballet, where he's not listed on the website.

 

https://www.facebook...23251292&type=1

 

The Facebook posts welcomes Froustey, Messmer, and Zagrebin "amongst others," so we'll have to stay tuned for more.



#6 pherank

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:40 PM

So it is official. I'm curious about Zagrebin of course - Has anyone seen him dance? The politics of acquiring anyone from Bolshoi/Russia have to be daunting. I wonder how it all came about...



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:50 PM

Dmitriy Zagrebin will come from the Bolshoi Ballet, where he's not listed on the website.

 

This past season Zagrebin actually danced at the Stanislavsky Theater.

http://www.stanmus.c...son.html?id=928

 

But a few months ago he, Steven McRae and Svetlana Zakharova performed a piece by Johan Kobborg at a gala marking Zakharova's 10th anniversary with the Bolshoi.

 



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:58 PM

 

 

 

 



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 09:48 PM

 

Dmitriy Zagrebin will come from the Bolshoi Ballet, where he's not listed on the website.

This past season Zagrebin actually danced at the Stanislavsky Theater.

http://www.stanmus.c...son.html?id=928

 

But a few months ago he, Steven McRae and Svetlana Zakharova performed a piece by Johan Kobborg at a gala marking Zakharova's 10th anniversary with the Bolshoi.

 

 

We can count on Volcanohunter to find some good Russian videos.  ;)

That first video was a blast - I applaud Zakharova for getting outside her comfort zone and doing something new and different. I love the Chaplinesque quality of that routine - McRae is amazing, and Zagrebin held up his end well. HIs leaps and spins are quite impressive. Something about his expressiveness is unusual - different from most other Russian danseurs.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:00 PM

Many thanks, volcanohunter!

 

Now, if Helgi Tomasson could get McRae to sign a contract...  (Feet like knives.)

 

I wish SFB wouldn't erase the Stanislavsky to push the Bolshoi.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:18 PM

After watching that video, I have to think there are 30 companies standing in line, wanting a piece of McRae. I agree that the Stanislavsky needs to be mentioned in this deal. But who knows what has to happen to "borrow" a Russian dancer for a while.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:18 PM

Aw shucks.

 

Yes, if Zagrebin is coming from the Stanislavsky, SFB should say so. And they can add that previously he'd been a soloist of the Bolshoi. In Igor Zelensky's shoes I'd be a little ticked off. He loses a dancer, and his company doesn't get any acknowledgement in exchange.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:31 PM

Is Zagrebin friends with Zakharova from Bolshoi days?



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 12:13 PM

I have no idea. But when Johan Kobborg came to the Bolshoi in 2008 to stage La Sylphide, Zagrebin danced in his first-act pas de six. Perhaps it was on the basis of that experience that Kobborg believed Zagrebin would be suitable for a virtuosic trio for Zakharova and two short men.



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 12:44 PM

It's been reported that Julia Rowe and Grace Shibley Andrews from OBT will be joining SFB.




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