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Mathilde FrousteyNew Principal Dancer at SFB


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#76 Eshana

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 10:03 PM

 

It's still beyond me why she wasn't nominated as an étoile in Paris (...)

 

I had great expectations at the beginning of the season. To begin with, I admire refined qualities of French la danse classique. Last Winter in Paris I have been amply rewarded with observing on several occasions the finesse of the French school in ballet classes conducted by a renowned pedagogue (one young ballerina I saw was absolutely extraordinary, a true poetess of dance). Next, Froustey's outstanding frame is a rarity even among ballerinas and a thing to behold. I love her light touch and upper body (except for the face and the eyes whose placement and movement is not well coordinated with the arms and wrists), so I always was eagerly expecting her performances. However, as the season progressed, and I saw her around 20 times if not more, her weaknesses and limitations were becoming more and more noticeable and her charms less and less appealing. In order to attain the étoile level she has to address those weaknesses and devote all her energies to eradicate them. I sincerely hope she does and I truly wish she becomes an oustanding ballerina. At the moment, however, she is not at the étoile level.

 

You seem to have so little good to say about SFB (aside from Messmer...hmmm...) that it's a wonder that you've been to see up to 30 (!) performances the last season alone.



#77 Josette

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 10:24 AM

Is this significant?: Two of Mlle Froustey's facebook pages state:

 

"Principal dancer of San Francisco Ballet

Past: Opera national de Paris"

 

and identify her as living in San Francisco.



#78 pherank

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 12:18 PM

Is this significant?: Two of Mlle Froustey's facebook pages state:

 

"Principal dancer of San Francisco Ballet

Past: Opera national de Paris"

 

and identify her as living in San Francisco.

 

I don't think so, Josette - that statement has been up there for a while (in Web time). And of course she does live in SF during the season.

 

I like the fact that she participated in the farewell performance for Smith and Cintas, rather than jetting back to Paris as she could have done here at the end of the season. She seems to be in Hawaii (Maui) now, judging from her Instagram page.



#79 Terez

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 07:12 AM

Pherank, just loved those two photos!!



#80 pherank

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 10:12 PM

I'm just realizing that Froustey is one of the Corps dancers in the POB's video release of Rubies (Jewels). Somehow I missed that before. So she can be seen dancing in an 'official' video release.



#81 Josette

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 06:35 AM

Thanks for letting us know, Pherank!

#82 naomikage

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 11:09 AM

Mathilde Froustey has announced that she will stay in San Francisco for the next season on her twitter and facebook.

https://twitter.com/...394254284374017



#83 pherank

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 01:27 PM

Mathilde Froustey has announced that she will stay in San Francisco for the next season on her twitter and facebook.

https://twitter.com/...394254284374017

 

Thanks for the heads up, Naomikage. In the last few weeks it has looked like she had made her decision - she has been preparing with the company for the summer tour.

 

I'm sure it was a difficult decision for her, with no perfect solutions, but I'm glad to see she will stay put for a while. I'm happy to have a completely Paris-trained dancer at SFB. What I wonder is if she was able to work out anything with POB that would allow her to dance with them on tours, or for guest performances. I know that would make Ms. F. happy.



#84 Josette

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 06:35 PM

Oh, good! So happy to have this confirmed at last! Mlle Froustey will have her Giselle, Juliet, Kitri, and Serenade without any more alternating between principal and corps as she had at POB. Thank you so much for the news, Naomikage. And to the person on Dansomanie who made the comment about American junk food in a posting about Mlle Froustey, please contact me when you come to San Francisco, which has fantastic restaurants (and, yes, I've lived in Paris).

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 06:52 PM

Oh, good! So happy to have this confirmed at last! Mlle Froustey will have her Giselle, Juliet, Kitri, and Serenade without any more alternating between principal and corps as she had at POB. Thank you so much for the news, Naomikage. And to the person on Dansomanie who made the comment about American junk food in a posting about Mlle Froustey, please contact me when you come to San Francisco, which has fantastic restaurants (and, yes, I've lived in Paris).

 

Oh yes, SF is a "foodie" heaven. ;)   Perhaps Ms. F. decided she could get enough decent foie gras and pate to keep her happy.



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Posted 22 June 2014 - 04:02 AM

 

Oh yes, SF is a "foodie" heaven. ;)   Perhaps Ms. F. decided she could get enough decent foie gras and pate to keep her happy.

 

She'll have to buy her foie gras out-of-state -- it's been banned in California since 2012:

http://articles.lati...e-gras-20130831



#87 Mathilde K

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 01:17 PM

For me that was totally predictable from the very beginning.

 

Having found that in spite of several étoiles retired her promotion to étoile was no more realistic now than a year ago, staying with one of the top US companies where she has been taken such a good care of is practically the only option for the ambitious ballerina at the height of her career.



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Posted 22 June 2014 - 01:40 PM

Whatever the reasons, I’m just glad she’s staying.  The inevitability of senior ballerinas retiring in the next few years makes a dancer like Froustey (and Messmer, had she remained) a valuable addition - assuming she stays beyond 2015, of course.  She isn't perfect, but for me her qualities outweigh her deficiencies, and she seems to fit well into the company and the varied styles it dances (I'd be really curious to see her in something by, for instance, Wayne McGregor).



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Posted 22 June 2014 - 03:01 PM

Another year with SFB will be a great expereince for Froustey, no matter what happense afterwards. She'll need to get used to the Principal's grind: it's a lot of work.

 

Interestingly, I've seen no official announcement about Messmer, and she remains on the SFB website as a soloist. Aside from one performance review mentioning that she would leave, there's been no word from SFB, Messmer or anyone else for that matter. It's possible she just needs a vacation to sort things out - and SFB is giving that to her. But will she appear at all on the summer tour?



#90 Mathilde K

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 04:02 PM

Not much can be inferred, I am afraid, from the fact that Messmer's name reappeared on the SFB site: a number of other dancers who we know will not be dancing next season reappeared as well. That may be simply a publicity move before the Summer tour anticipating that many European ballet goers would be visiting the SFB site to learn more about the company.




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