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#1 PeggyR

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 06:34 PM

Opening night cast only for Program 8.  Sofiane Sylve in Agon!!!  

 

PROGRAM 8

THURSDAY, MAY 1—8:00PM—OPENING NIGHT

 

AGON
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Martin West

 

Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets*
Taras Domitro*, Jennifer Stahl*, Grace Shibley*
Frances Chung*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*, Hansuke Yamamoto*

 

INTERMISSION

 

BRAHMS-SCHOENBERG QUARTET
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Johannes Brahms, orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor: Martin West

 

Mathilde Froustey*, Carlos Quenedit*
Maria Kochetkova*, Vitor Luiz*
Frances Chung*, Taras Domitro*
Sarah Van Patten*, Davit Karapetyan*

 

INTERMISSION

 

GLASS PIECES
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins
Composer: Philip Glass
Conductor: Ming Luke

 

Sasha De Sola, Hansuke Yamamoto
Jennifer Stahl, Gaetano Amico
Dores Andre, Shane Wuerthner

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 07:08 PM

Nice, I'm hoping this same cast will appear on one of the two nights I have planned to go.



#3 Josette

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:26 PM

I'm going opening night and the following night to program 7.  Aside from the Agon cast, I'm delighted to be seeing Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Glass Pieces.  I also got a ticket for the farewell performance on the 11th, as they are doing the After the Rain pas de deux and In the Night. Southwest Airlines' fares makes this all possible, for which I am grateful. 



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:59 PM

I'm planning to go on Saturday night and then later on Tuesday, which should have the opening night cast. In any case, it should be a delight.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:52 PM

I am a recent ballet convert and have become a big fan of Yuan Yuan Tan. I saw that she was dancing in all three pieces across various dates. Not being familiar with any of the pieces, what should I try to watch her in -- Agon, B-S Quartet, or Glass Pieces? It would be difficult for me to go to three different dates. Appreciate your guidance!



#6 Josette

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:40 PM

Pherank, on Tuesday, you get to see Sofiane Sylve in both Agon and Glass Pieces.

 

I noticed that Simone Messmer is dancing the second pas de trois in Agon on Saturday afternoon, and she should be terrific in it.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 03:27 PM

Pherank, on Tuesday, you get to see Sofiane Sylve in both Agon and Glass Pieces.

 

I noticed that Simone Messmer is dancing the second pas de trois in Agon on Saturday afternoon, and she should be terrific in it.

 

Yes, thanks - I was just looking at the updated castings, and it's quite a mishmash for the final week. But I don't think there are going to be any 'lame' castings. I wish I could be seeing more of Messmer though. That's kind of disappointing, but Sylve in Agon - yes! And Yuan Yuan in Agon will be very intersting to compare with.

 

The Saturday matinee program looks terrific, but I won't be in SF early enough to go to that one.

 

Masha K. posted on her Facebook page today that she would be "Dancing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 2x Saturday. Saturday night will be my last show of the season". Ouch, that's a lot of participation. But no Zahorian this season, it would seem. And not enough of Messmer here at the end.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 05:49 PM

 I agree about not there being not enough of Simone Messmer. This season, I have only seen her twice in the Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers as the soloist, and then she did not dance as announced in the performance of Chamber Symphony (though Froustey was lyrical and expressive).  Messmer is a beautiful, unique dancer. I will see her dancing the pas de cinq in Suite en Blanc on Friday, and am looking forward to that. 

 

From what I can tell from Vanessa Zahorian's facebook pages, she got her "boot" off a few weeks ago and is now doing exercises in water and keeping the faith. I hope that she will be able to dance on the Spoleto-Paris tour, but SFB is very careful about letting injured dancers back on stage until fully recovered.

 

You probably know this, but Kochetkova has a performance in Don Q with Herman Cornejo with ABT in a couple of weeks.

 

I keep wondering what the casting would have been if we had had V. Zahorian, D. Genshaft, and C. Blanco available this season.  



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 05:54 PM

Hmm . . . I see that Dores Andre is dancing one of the leads in tonight's premiere of Liam Scarlett's Hummingbird and not Kochetkova, who is scheduled to dance it tomorrow night. 



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:37 PM

Thanks for reporting the last minute cast changes, Josette... Simone Messmer did dance in Chamber Symphony one night, substituting for Lorena Feijoo, though I preferred Mathilde Froustey. I think that's the role in purple – which is based on Shostakovich's wife Nina. (Who in real life may have been the basis of Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk, according to Solomon Volkov, and that would make you think it would fit Messmer better). Froustey/Nina's death and absence – the body chalked on the sidewalk – was the more moving I thought.

 

I don't think they've found a place or persona for Messmer in the company. I asked one of the ushers who sees everything what she thought of her and she said, "she still new." She's quite dramatic, does a lot with her hands which she presents in a W shape (Froustey's are a cursive u). I'd like to see Messmer in Agon, hopefully she'll be in the second week cast. So far she has been in Who Cares and Giselle and Trilogy – then Suite en Blanc, and maybe a Brahms/Schoenberg to come.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 09:20 PM

I'm very intrigued, Quiggin, with what you mean by W-shape hands.  Maybe I'll understand when I see Ms. Mesmer perform on Friday night!



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 10:36 PM

I guess it was a sort of an Al Hirschfeld image – a body in profile with lower arms at 90 degree angles to upper arms and at 45 degrees to the floor, as if with two cigarette holders at once. My background is design and photography, so I began to think of Shostakovich Trilogy mostly in typographical terms. The sad couple Sarah Van Patten and Carlos Quenedit were a SS, flipping back and forth at once, the spinning dancer a double scallop shape: two C's, one above, the bottom one in reverse – and many movements ending in sudden criss-cross XX 's of hands or lower thighs and toes ...   And Ж's  Я's И's etc.

 

Enjoy Friday, and report! Matching the cast list to the sequence below, It looks as though Simone Messmer will be doing Pas de cinq, Mathilde Froustey La Cigarette – and Maria Kochetkova La Flûte.

 

La Sieste

Thème Varié

Sérénade

Pas de cinq

La Cigarette (à le fin de sa variation la danseuse fait mine d'écraser une cigarette du bout de sa pointe !)

Mazurka

Adage

La Flûte...

 

which comes from here:

http://fresques.ina....avec-lifar.html

 

Lifar's notations Pinterested by SFB:

https://www.pinteres...84748161117185/

 

[This has jumped over into Program 7 territory – apologies]



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:10 AM

Enjoyed your comments, and I'm glad you jumped over into Program 7 territory, because that's the performance I saw, and I won't get the chance to see Prog 8.

 

Speaking of Froustey, I found it particularly delightful, seeing her dance Cigarette last night, because that was the YouTube clip I saw of her before she joined the SFB. I hadn't made the Suite en Blanc connection previously. Will be very, very interesting to see if she stays/goes at the end of this season. I can't help but think that if she goes, they'll pay more attention to Messmer.

 

No Masha last night - you could hear people "tsk" in disappointment as they made the announcement beforehand. Dores André did a fine job, but it was more a soloist's interpretation, if that makes any sense. She had a lovely smile throughout, though.



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 12:23 PM

Thank you, Quiggin, for the links in your post - a real treasure trove. I first saw Suite en Blanc in Paris in 1996, and then again three times in June 2012, when POB performed it in Chicago. I have since watched POB dancing it on YouTube several times, including last night!   The POB Chicago performances were a revelation, particularly Dorothée Gilbert who danced La Flute with great beauty, musicality, and concentration - she was extraordinary, making it difficult for me to appreciate anyone else dance it (Gilbert was also a compelling Giselle). 

Also, Quiggin, I loved your discussion about your point of view with which you assimilate the choreography and take in dancers' qualities. Very interesting.

 

Looking forward to seeing the Thursday and Friday shows and hearing others' views!



#15 Quiggin

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 03:24 PM

Thanks for Suite en Blanc comments, Josette and Terez – especially about the Chicago performances.

 

Looks as if there are lots of small casting changes this week. Taras Domitro seems to be out at least until Tuesday. I've looked forward to seeing his performance in Agon, in the Daniel Duell/Jeremy Cox role. He was a great Melancholic in the 4Ts and seems to be able to slip into those blank-face Balanchine & Tomasson roles very easily and erase himself completely.

 

Maria Kochetkova is still in Suite en Blanc and Brahms/Schoenberg, second movement with Vitor Luiz – but no "Hummingbird" so far.

 

Sofiane Sylve is doing a bit of everything, including the 4th Movement mood-changing, gypsy dance of Brahms/Schoenberg – which was televised on PBS eight years ago with Wendy Whelan and Damean Woetzl for some sort of Balanchine Celebration.




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