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  1. Nutcracker 2017

    Something posted today by Mathilde Froustey: "This job is hard but man, but I missed it so much. Tonight is my 1st show of the Grand Pas de Deux and i’m seriously freaked out but so happy to be w[here] I belong." And she got a reply form Aaron Robison (now at ENB). It's nice that he's still paying attention to what happens at SFB. aaronrobison86 Merde! lapetitefrench_❤️ I miss you @aaronrobison86 ! Toi, toi, toi Mathilde! And welcome back.
  2. That's essentially how I took it - socio-political commentary. The opening paragraph suggests that Brown wasn't actually there in person for the premiere: "'Members of the creative team took the curtain calls at the great colonnaded theatre by the Kremlin wearing T-shirts with the face of Kirill Serebrennikov on them, while spectators chanted “Kirill! Kirill!”, according to news reports.'" According to news reports. I though it was interesting that a synopsis of the ballet was provided at the end - sans commentary. That would actually be useful in a true review. ;)
  3. Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker 2017

    That's possible. I got the impression that the writer, Cynthia Bond Perry, was just expressing her support for McFall and the work he did for the company, as well as challenging Nedvigin to be as good or better - that seems fair to me. I just know it's going to take a while to get the company to the level that Nedvigin is looking for. And he's brand new to the A.D. game so he has plenty to learn too. The Facebook posting made me think that the dancers are lucky to work with an A.D. who is still dancing as well as ever. He can actually demonstrate everything fully, and not just motion with this hands. ;)
  4. UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    Erik Tomasson got back in touch with me regarding UNBOUND images: "Just wanted to let you know that I reached an agreement with the dancers for three of the Unbound images. They are currently for sale at my website (www.eriktomasson.com) for a limited time under the 'store' link at the top of the page. The prints are available for purchase until May 1st 2018." http://www.eriktomasson.com/store/ One size only for all prints. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. Last day to order prints is May 1st 2018. FYI: I sent Erik Tomasson an email reply asking if there will be any other UNBOUND images made available - if so I'll update this information.
  5. Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    Erik Tomasson got back in touch with me regarding UNBOUND images: "Just wanted to let you know that I reached an agreement with the dancers for three of the Unbound images. They are currently for sale at my website (www.eriktomasson.com) for a limited time under the 'store' link at the top of the page. The prints are available for purchase until May 1st 2018." http://www.eriktomasson.com/store/ One size only for all prints. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. Last day to order prints is May 1st 2018. FYI: I sent Erik Tomasson an email reply asking if there will be any other UNBOUND images made available - if so I'll update this information. [I'll post this information in the UNBOUND Festival thread too.]
  6. Rest in Peace, Ed Lee

    Yes, Lee's passing came as a shock. May he rest in peace. It's hard to believe, but he was the first Asian American to hold the office of mayor in San Francisco - a city in which a full third of the population is of Asian ancestry.
  7. Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker 2017

    I just took a look at the company schedule for the dates - except for the overlap of Don Quixote and Beauty and the Beast (performed by Atlanta Ballet II) there's a gap of almost a month between the other programs. That will give the dancers and coaches extra time to prepare for roles, so that is hopeful. When Nedvigin was at SFB, the programs often overlapped. For example, the last few performances of Program 1 would overlap with the first few performances of Program 2. That was great for me when I moved and started flying back to SF to see the company - I could see two programs together very easily. But I'm sure it was very hard on the dancers. This next season at SFB has been scheduled with more gaps between programs. We'll hope for the best.
  8. Thanks for the article link. I love this paragraph: "Overall, this operatically unfolding scenario could only occur in Russia. Such a bold and experimental enterprise, coupled with such extraordinarily poorly managed implementation, would be inconceivable at the Royal Ballet. (I don’t think we can compare Serebrennikov with, say, Wayne McGregor – Javier de Frutos, perhaps.) The defiant subject, the historical nest of worms, the daredevilry of the commissioning by the country’s flagship ballet company, the inept cancellations and interferings by state, church and theatre board, the arrest of the creator, the atmosphere of fevered social conflicts – there is a truly heroic incoherence to all the elements."
  9. I happened to read this review of Atlanta Ballet's final performances of the McFall Nutcracker - Review: The final stand of “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” fails to cast its magical spell http://artsatl.com/review-atlanta-ballets-final-mcfall-nutcracker-fails-cast-usual-magical-spell/ "True to Nedvigin’s vision (shaped by his experience as a student at the Bolshoi Ballet school and principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet), every dancer has a beautiful body and excellent training. But they come from different backgrounds with training in different schools and styles, and with different ideas of what to go for as performers on stage. In general, their commonality appears to be medals and other accolades won in ballet competitions — McFall shied away from such competitions because he believed they missed the point, and they could ruin talent." >> It's pretty much impossible to create a wholly unified company - with so many dancers brand new to the company - in such a short period of time. The Nutcracker performance period is used by many North American companies to sort out the kinks, as it were, and get the company running on all cylinders after a long vacation period. I'm not at all surprised that things appear rough here at the beginning. I just hope they can find their groove before too long. "These standouts weren’t enough for the production to cast the spell that Atlanta audiences have come to expect. Ballet officials say a heavy fall rehearsal schedule, and the need to coordinate schedules of several in-demand choreographers, left the company only about three weeks to prepare the production. Since August, company dancers have learned eight ballets and have already begun work on choreographers Yuri Possokhov’s new Nutcracker that debuts in 2018." >> Sounds like they're on the SFB schedule if they're learning 8 ballets in 3 or so months. That is grueling, but it is also what the big companies sometimes have to deal with. Is Atlanta Ballet biting off more than they can chew? It may seem that way in the first year under Nedvigin given all the extra work that is going to have to be done to get the dancers used to one another and working as a unified group. "Nedvigin spent the ballet’s first weekend in Moscow to attend a world premiere performance there, rather than being present in Atlanta for the opening." >> Yeah, that's unfortunate. And I can guess that he was showing support for Yuri Possokhov at the premiere of Nureyev in Moscow, which has sparked all manner of controversy in Russia (whether or not it really deserves that much attention). The timing wasn't good, but scheduling conflicts are always going to be an issue. Don't be surprised if Nedvigin isn't also keeping an eye out for talent that might be interested in coming to the US...
  10. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I've been thinking a lot about these same things every time I watch one of the old Hollywood films on TCM - there's an extraordinary amount of scenes that depict sexual harassment of varying degrees. And it's often true that the female characters deal with these unwanted advances with a "smile" or a "giggle". Much of the plot content revolves around male and female "interaction" of course, and this interaction often has a nasty edge to it. However, the "hero", for example, a Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire, are usually rewarded for their unceasing harassment - 'because that's just what males do'. The films of the "swinging", "mod", "hip" 1960s are often creepily misogynist in focus. And that was 'just the way they made movies' then. I agree with these points, and hopefully those are exactly the things the board is giving real consideration too. I have to think Martins is too tainted to continue as the face of NYCB.
  11. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    A few days ago, NPR had an interesting report about how the different generations view this matter: Are There Generational Differences When It Comes To Sexual Harassment At Work? [I recommend listening to the audio podcast version] https://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/569181017/are-there-generational-differences-when-it-comes-to-sexual-harassment-at-work 'Typically baby boomer women — some of whose careers predate the 1964 civil rights laws barring sex discrimination — say they "just put up with it," Arellano says. "Smiled, giggled, and just moved on and tried to get your work done and avoid any embarrassing situations because the only other recourse was to leave."' "The site's founder, Georgene Huang, says the most disturbing finding is that — despite what news reports about top executives might suggest — women are more often sexually harassed by their peers (57 percent) than by their bosses (about 36 percent). And the harassers are predominantly men under the age of 40."
  12. Nutcracker 2017

    This is a fun video - "The party has started!"
  13. Nutcracker 2017

    I didn't really notice this at first, but Pascal Molat will be appearing as Drosselmeyer a number of times. So now he may be permanently employed as a Principal Character - in addition to teaching at the school. There's no official word on this yet though...
  14. Nutcracker 2017

    Adding to Terez's list: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 2 pm Choreography: Helgi Tomasson Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Pascal Molat Queen and King of the Snow: Isabella DeVivo, Max Cauthorn Sugar Plum Fairy: Wona Park* Grand Pas de Deux: Ana Sophia Scheller, Angelo Greco Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 7 pm Choreography: Helgi Tomasson Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Ming Luke Drosselmeyer: Rubén Martín Cintas Queen and King of the Snow: Sarah Van Patten, Ulrik Birkkjaer* Sugar Plum Fairy: Sasha De Sola Grand Pas de Deux: Frances Chung, Vitor Luiz Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 2 pm Choreography: Helgi Tomasson Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Ming Luke Drosselmeyer: Rubén Martín Cintas Queen and King of the Snow: Norika Matsuyama*, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira Sugar Plum Fairy: Koto Ishihara* Grand Pas de Deux: Lauren Strongin, Wei Wang Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 7 pm Choreography: Helgi Tomasson Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Pascal Molat Queen and King of the Snow: Jennifer Stahl, Tiit Helimets Sugar Plum Fairy: Maria Kochetkova Grand Pas de Deux: Dores André, Luke Ingham Wona Park and Norika Matsuyama are getting to dance prominent roles.
  15. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    The combined output of the state-sponsored companies like the POB, Mariinsky, Bolshoi and Royal Ballet towers over the slow trickle of media produced in North America. That's why it's so exciting for us to see 10 minute videos of "behind the scenes" footage or new ballet rehearsals. Kind of pathetic, but that's where we are.
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