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SFB at Spoleto, July 2014

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San Francisco Ballet will precede their July 2014 appearance at the Les Etés de la Danse in Paris with performances at the Spoleto Festival, July 4-6. Ballets will include Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples, Voices of Spring by Frederick Ashton, and Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight.

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I smiled when I saw the listing for Corps de Ballet - just two people:

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Elizabeth Powell, Myles Thatcher
They don't mention Froustey, but do mention Zahorian, but I realize this is a marketing announcement, and subject to change. I hope Masha K. isn't completely worn out from all the dancing she's been doing - that girl needs to take a break (but she doesn't seem to believe in such things).

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Casts for the Spoleto engagement (no Zahorian or Messmer).

In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change
*Denotes dancer premiere in ballet

FRIDAY, JULY 4—9:15PM—OPENING NIGHT

FROM FOREIGN LANDS
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Moritz Moszkowski

Russian: Sasha De Sola, Davit Karapetyan
Frances Chung, Vitor Luiz
Italian: Hansuke Yamamoto, Mathilde Froustey, Elizabeth Powell, Dores Andre
German: Sofiane Sylve, Shane Wuerthner, Luke Ingham, Myles Thatcher
Spanish: Frances Chung, Hansuke Yamamoto
Mathilde Froustey, Vitor Luiz
Polish: Sofiane Sylve, Sasha De Sola, Dores Andre, Elizabeth Powell
Davit Karapetyan, Shane Wuerthner, Luke Ingham, Myles Thatcher

INTERMISSION

VARIATIONS FOR TWO COUPLES
Choreographer: Hans van Manen
Composer: Benjamin Britten, Einojuhani
Rautavaara, Stefan Kovács Tickmayer, Aster
Piazzolla
Choreography: Hans van Manen

Sofiane Sylve, Luke Ingham
Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit

PAUSE

VOICES OF SPRING
Choreographer: Sir Frederick Ashton
Composer: Johann Strauss

Maria Kochetkova, Davit Karapetyan*

INTERMISSION

7 FOR EIGHT
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets
Frances Chung, Gennadi Nedvigin
Elizabeth Powell*, Pascal Molat
Dores Andre, Jaime Garcia Castilla

SATURDAY, JULY 5—9:15PM

FROM FOREIGN LANDS
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Moritz Moszkowski

Russian: Sasha De Sola, Davit Karapetyan
Frances Chung, Vitor Luiz
Italian: Hansuke Yamamoto, Mathilde Froustey, Elizabeth Powell, Dores Andre
German: Sofiane Sylve, Shane Wuerthner, Luke Ingham, Myles Thatcher
Spanish: Frances Chung, Hansuke Yamamoto
Mathilde Froustey, Vitor Luiz
Polish: Sofiane Sylve, Sasha De Sola, Dores Andre, Elizabeth Powell
Davit Karapetyan, Shane Wuerthner, Luke Ingham, Myles Thatcher

INTERMISSION

VARIATIONS FOR TWO COUPLES
Choreographer: Hans van Manen
Composer: Benjamin Britten, Einojuhani
Rautavaara, Stefan Kovács Tickmayer, Aster
Piazzolla

Sofiane Sylve, Luke Ingham
Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit

PAUSE

VOICES OF SPRING
Choreographer: Sir Frederick Ashton
Composer: Johann Strauss

Maria Kochetkova, Davit Karapetyan

INTERMISSION

7 FOR EIGHT
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets
Frances Chung, Gennadi Nedvigin
Elizabeth Powell, Pascal Molat
Dores Andre, Jaime Garcia Castilla

SUNDAY, JULY 6—9:15PM

FROM FOREIGN LANDS
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Composer: Moritz Moszkowski

Russian: Sasha De Sola, Davit Karapetyan
Frances Chung, Vitor Luiz
Italian: Hansuke Yamamoto, Mathilde Froustey, Elizabeth Powell, Dores Andre
German: Sofiane Sylve, Shane Wuerthner, Luke Ingham, Myles Thatcher
Spanish: Frances Chung, Hansuke Yamamoto
Mathilde Froustey, Vitor Luiz
Polish: Sofiane Sylve, Sasha De Sola, Dores Andre, Elizabeth Powell
Davit Karapetyan, Shane Wuerthner, Luke Ingham, Myles Thatcher

INTERMISSION

VARIATIONS FOR TWO COUPLES
Choreographer: Hans van Manen
Composer: Benjamin Britten, Einojuhani
Rautavaara, Stefan Kovács Tickmayer, Aster
Piazzolla

Sofiane Sylve, Luke Ingham
Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit

PAUSE

VOICES OF SPRING
Choreographer: Sir Frederick Ashton
Composer: Johann Strauss

Maria Kochetkova, Davit Karapetyan

INTERMISSION

7 FOR EIGHT
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets
Frances Chung, Gennadi Nedvigin
Elizabeth Powell, Pascal Molat
Dores Andre, Jaime Garcia Castilla

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I am glad to see that Sofiane Sylve is being paired with Luke Ingham. By the end of the SFB Spring Season I felt that Sylve made a better match for Ingham than any other principal in the company.

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I am glad to see that Sofiane Sylve is being paired with Luke Ingham. By the end of the SFB Spring Season I felt that Sylve made a better match for Ingham than any other principal in the company.

I think you are right, and it has been unfortunate that Sylve never formed a really great partnership with any of the men.

I see a lot of dancing for Lizzie Powell in this casting - nice!

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Courtesy of Frances Chung, a short video from the practice room at Spoleto:

I can see Kochetkova on the far left (when the camera pans back), Mathilde Froustey, Jaime Garcia Castilla? Maybe SVP behind him, Tiit Helimets and Davit Karapetyan behind him, Elizabeth Powell on the right.

http://instagram.com/p/qC8ySyp4Qe/

And a photo by Mathilde Froustey - Yuan Yuan Tan and Dores Andre are closest:

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[EDIT]

Kochetkova posted a couple more of these mini videos from class at Spoleto:

http://instagram.com/p/qErA1CEUZv/

http://instagram.com/p/qErNyHEUaH/

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Courtesy of Tiit Helimets' Instagram page

SFB Selfie:

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Elizabeth Powell, Vitor Luiz, and Yuan Yuan Tan:

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Helimet's pre-performance selfie with Maria Kochetkova

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I believe the Spoleto Festival is over for SFB, and they are now moving on to Paris, and Les Etés de la Danse...

Some last few images that I liked from the various dancer postings:

Miles Thatcher photograph of Elizabeth Powell in warm-up for Spoleto Festival
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Sasha De Sola Reynolds posted this image on Instagram -

"We are done with the Spoleto tour! Off to Paris tomorrow!"
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It is not true that Sylve never had a good partnership with other men, I remember enjoing the partnership with Villanoba and Helimets, and specially with Vito Mazzeo, now Principal Dancer with the Dutch National Ballet. The two of them were always paired for new ballet created on them, it comes in my mind Borderlands, the Ratmansky piece made for SFB , Number Nine and several other ballet like Continuum, or Suite en Blanc, Chroma, Ghost, and I remember fireworks in a SFB gala in Black Swan.

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