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  1. SFB 2017 Summer

    Look who will be on the cover of the September 2017 Dance Magazine: "I don't do average"
  2. SFB 2017 Summer

    There's no word yet about any International tours, short or otherwise, but I have a feeling that Tomasson is going to give his dancers a long rest period after an intense season. And Helgi now has his work cut out for him replacing retirees. For people in the Bay Area, SFB will be participating in the following popular events: Friday, July 21, 2017 Festival Napa Valley Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Center SF Ballet returns to Festival Napa Valley for one performance only on Friday, July 21, 2017, accompanied by members of the SF Ballet Orchestra. The Company will perform a mix of contemporary and classical works. Sunday, July 30, 2017 Stern Grove Festival 19th Avenue and Sloat, San Francisco SF Ballet will give their annual Stern Grove Festival performance on Sunday, July 30, 2017, accompanied by members of the SF Ballet Orchestra. The Company will perform a mix of contemporary and classical works. I do know that this just happened: "4 premiers dancers of San-Francisco Ballet will perform Variations for two couples, the Benois winner piece" at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Three of the dancers were Lauren Strongin, Joseph Walsh and Dores Andre. (Benois de la Danse Stars in a Quarter of a Century Gala) http://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/9000/ "The jubilee gala on May 30 will be opened by Joseph Walsh, the premier of the San Francisco Ballet, and Victoria Jaiani from the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, who last year performed the duet from Lan Lubovitch’s Otello alongside Fabrice Calmel. Victoria and Joseph will animate the sculpture of Benois de la Danse: they will present a miniature choreographed by Yuri Possokhov to the music by Ilya Demutsky, who have conceived this duet as a gift to the jubilee of Benois." http://benois.theatre.ru/english/history/2017/ Reaction from Strongin and Walsh: https://www.instagram.com/p/BUvWJBmABgT/?taken-by=josephwalshsf Congratulations to the dancers on their Bolshoi debut, and maybe first time on a raked stage for Walsh and Strongin. ;)
  3. I've seen plenty of comments about how much people enjoy watching the classes, and users have been unhappy about SFB editing away much of the class time in the "highlights" video they eventually release on YouTube. Felips Diaz runs such a great class that it is understandable for ballet aficionados to want to watch the entire thing. Video of NBC in Paris would be especially interesting to me - I would love to see a "countdown to performance" as you mentioned.
  4. Thanks for the reminder, Volcanohunter - I had actually forgotten the details of it all. I'm not a fan of "Facebook Live!" but we go where we have to go. Sites like YouTube are, much like IKEA stores, a "vortex by design" - it's all about keeping the user in place longer, and longer, and longer...
  5. I finally noticed that SFB also mentions that there will be "behind-the-scenes footage via Facebook Live!" Just how that's going to work with the YouTube live stream, I don't know. Hopefully it is something that will remain posted to the SFB (presumably) Facebook page for a number of weeks. https://www.instagram.com/p/BXiu8rYFkzx/?taken-by=sfballet
  6. 1978 . . . and Today

    Thanks for the 'snapshots', Millosr. Did Nureyev ever make it back to SF to perform? I found this report from 1967: The great Haight ballet bust of 1967 http://www.sfchronicle.com/thetake/article/The-great-Haight-ballet-bust-of-1967-7230386.php
  7. I'm looking forward to the next live broadcast. I wonder if Alonzo King just didn't want the public observing his process, or if he felt like he needed to reschedule his rehearsal times?
  8. "Many of the choreographers featured in the festival will be familiar names to SF Ballet audiences—Edwaard Liang, Trey McIntyre, Justin Peck, Arthur Pita, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, and our Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov. We are also welcoming several choreographers who are new to SF Ballet—David Dawson, Alonzo King, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, and Dwight Rhoden. It’s a tremendous group of artists, and I eagerly anticipate seeing what each of them will create for us." https://www.sfballet.org/2018festival
  9. Color film of Kay Mazzo and Peter Martins dancing Stravinsky Duo Concertant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IqHkRt1F18 Brief clips of Duo Concertant with Tiler Peck & James Whiteside (Vail Dance Festival 2015) Begins at 1:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF3sA3REuUY Duo Concertant with Hugo Marchand and Laura Hecquet http:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRwJcnBoJCw
  10. A great way to play hooky. ;) I'm looking forward to a fun October 5th.
  11. Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    More from the technical masters: Angelo Greco http://https://www.instagram.com/p/BXgO85UFXpP/?taken-by=_angelogreco_ Ana Sophia Scheller https://www.instagram.com/p/BXOIUXEjHeP/?hl=en&taken-by=la_scheller
  12. In the age of Instagram and Facebook, we sometimes get to see some great short videos. These are all SFB related - short but sweet: Helimets and Froustey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdGmUqBkBLc&feature=youtu.be Frances Chung https://instagram.com/p/9o76KrJ4cF/?taken-by=franadian https://instagram.com/p/qEaq7fp4TM/?taken-by=franadian Mathilde Froustey https://instagram.com/p/8M7KGlHrf5/?taken-by=lapetitefrench_ https://instagram.com/p/8M-LqAHrTf/?taken-by=lapetitefrench_ Sasha De Sola https://instagram.com/p/qEzCdFQOFk/?taken-by=sashadesola https://instagram.com/p/z3cpk1QOEV/?taken-by=sashadesola Tiit Helimets and Chloe in Giselle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNdTcbfbIR8
  13. SFB 2017-18 season

    SF Ballet has posted their video trailer for the upcoming season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE7cfWuNGjE It shows us that there is probably lots of great rehearsal and ballet creation footage stored away that will never see the light of day. The one odd shot was of the back of Martin West's head - not really an appropriate image. ;)
  14. Thanks Doug! I should mention that Kattner-Ulrich's dissertation is in English, although submitted to Freie Universität Berlin. And it is of course written in the particular academic style/format required of a dissertation, but it's "chock full" of great information throughout.
  15. The Patti Smith piece is indeed lovely.
  16. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    And don't we all have opinions? ;) The Nureyev "controversy" is a mess precisely because so many people are trying to weigh in on the ballet before it gets seen. But the only reason this project is happening is because a certain small group of artists got together, didn't bicker endlessly, and they finished the "first draft" of the project. There would be no Nureyev to speak of without Serebrennikov/Possokhov/Demutsky and the Bolshoi dancers involved. I give them all credit for making the effort. The rest of it is not about art.
  17. Elizabeth Kattner-Ulrich's dissertation, The Early Life and Works of George Balanchine (published 2008), was available on Amazon, but now it's too expensive to contemplate (so look for the dissertation PDF online). That was, for me, an interesting read. I've been wondering if Elizabeth Kendall's Balanchine & the Lost Muse wasn't partly/mostly based on Kattner-Ulrich's research.
  18. Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    Dores Andre posted this "part 1" video that comes before the one above, and she identifies the "women" as being Myles Thatcher, Lonnie Weeks and Diego Cruz. And it's Emma Rubinowitz, Jahna Frantziskonis and Dores as the "men". "Lollipop" by The Chordettes (or it may be someone else's version) https://www.instagram.com/p/BXJ-XB1BIHZ/?taken-by=doresandre "Nitty Gritty" by Shirley Ellis https://www.instagram.com/p/BXJ_mPVBA7f/?taken-by=doresandre The problem is, I want to see the entire music video! Not 5 seconds worth. But Emma posted the following: "Happy national dance day. Aspiring to dance like this always. Full video coming soon...I mean never "
  19. SFB 2017 Summer

    From the 2017 Stern Grove Festival: Masha looking sullen https://scontent-atl3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/20479204_131823280754454_1298716797989552128_n.jpg Joe Walsh with Orson https://scontent-atl3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/20478662_492251794445201_401356237020594176_n.jpg Ishihara, Rowe and Powell https://scontent-atl3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/20479159_131003094173899_7571814965305147392_n.jpg Natasha Sheehan https://scontent-atl3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/20482186_119511725355352_3844332283557314560_n.jpg "Woodland Nymphs" (Sasha de Sola's picture title) https://scontent-atl3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/20478460_1570821739647229_4912285741477789696_n.jpg
  20. I've always enjoyed his acting too, his general demeanor in roles seemed quintessentially American, but never in a 'larger than life' manner - something more vague was constantly nagging away at him.
  21. Fjord Review

    I subscribe to email updates from the Fjord Review - an excellent dance review website - and today I received the following email: The Value of Criticism LETTER FROM THE EDITOR It is a pleasure to present the insightful, original and valuable writing on dance that features on Fjord Review. As you know our website and archive is freely accessible, and we rarely make a call for subscribers to support us. However, now is that time. Today I'm asking for two things from you: the first is maybe more important—feedback. What do enjoy reading on Fjord, and what do you want to see more of? Reply to this email with your comments, which I look forward to reading. The second is the easy part—a small donation. If each subscriber donates just $10, we will make our target budget for the remainder of 2017. Your gift goes towards funding the work of some twenty dance writers—they all happen to be women, if that is added inducement! It's an extraordinary time to be reflecting on ballet & dance. I thank you for your support, and look forward to continuing to publish work that gives vital critical context to new and repertory work on stages all around the world. Yours, Penelope Ford What you can look forward to... More stunning dance photography We love bringing you beautiful, inspiring and daring imagery by renowned dance photographers from around the world. Slated for 2017 are more exciting photographic projects as well as film. Please help us support the artists who create our stunning visual work. More features Our essayists have raised important issues in the ballet and dance world, writing on such topics as the feminine narrative, democracy, and the poetics of dance. If you like long reads that encourage you to think outside the box, support us: we will provide. Choreographer archives & interviews As well as our regular interviews with choreographers, artistic directors and dancers, we are in the midst of building a comprehensive choreographer archive, where you can easily find information on iconic makers and new and emerging talent. With your support, we can develop this new educational resource. The best dance writing Some have lamented the disappearance of dance critics posts from the major newspapers. Newsflash! They're probably not coming back. But take heart because at Fjord Review we provide weekly in-depth analyses of dance by top-flight writers, critics and scholars. And you'll be supporting a cast and crew of some twenty women! We believe in the value of dance criticism for dance, and we know you do too, so please help us support it! So tell me. . .what moves you? Reply to this email with your comments, and let us know your favourite sections on Fjord, or what you'd like to see more of.
  22. Fjord Review

    That's good of you. I did too. ;) It's a worthwhile collection - constantly growing - and it does take money to keep these websites afloat. I appreciate the fact that they actually review West Coast dance events.
  23. Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    I have no information on this yet - posted by Dores Andre https://www.instagram.com/p/BXJ_mPVBA7f/?taken-by=doresandre The "men" look to be Jahna Frantziskonis, Ellen Rose Hummel and Dores, but the "women"? Maybe Lonnie Weeks and Max Cauthorn…
  24. Natural vs. forced performance

    The issue with dance on film is that certain things get magnified, or even distorted, on film/video that are experienced in a completely different manner by the audience seated hundreds of feet a way (and who can see the entire expanse of the stage, perhaps even up into the ceiling of the stage area). The atmosphere of a live performance can be a very different experience from what we get from a YouTube video, or a Blu-ray/DVD (with all the surroundings cut out, including the actions of Corps dancers). It just isn't the same experience - it is in fact an entirely new version of the 'dance'. I tend to prefer a 'natural' performance that doesn't appear to be too forced, too 'stagey'; however, in a traditional ballet role, it's often important for the dancer to project their characterization out to an audience of thousands. For the balcony audience, only large gestures will be apparent - subtle movements can barely be seen. If the performance is only for film, though, the cameras can provide more intimacy, and the dancers need to scale back their emotive qualities to match (presumably a director will help with that). But then we have the problem of lack of context when the cameras are zooming in too close to the soloists and favoring their faces or upper body, or just the lower legs, etc. over the whole body. A Balanchine or Robbins role would have to be approached differently from a traditional ballet role, but the approach for the dancers might still need to change depending on the intended audience (live, or at-home watching on TV/computer).
  25. La Scala in Orange County in July 2017

    In the year 2017, the way in which a company deals with injuries, and injury prevention, says a lot about the management of the company and the company culture. It can also tells us about a company's plan for the future, or if there even is one.