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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    Associate Director of Audience Engagement, SF Ballet
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  1. SFB Podcasts: New website, New Location

    For those who are interested: Meet the Artist and Pointes of View Lectures for the past 10 seasons are now up on iTunes. Please listen away! A few more from the 2017 season will hopefully be added soon.
  2. UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    That link will not take you to the feed; going directly to the FB page will and it should be at the top. In addition, it will be here: https://www.sfballet.org/season/events/unbound-2018/unbound-live
  3. UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    A few notes/corrections --The next livestream is scheduled for August 18. --Liang's music is by Oliver Davis. --the rehearsal pianist was Ronny Michael Greenberg.
  4. SFB 2017-18 season

    Or, if you're up to 2 shows on Saturday, Friday April 27-Sunday April 29 is C, D, A, B and Friday May 4-Sunday May 6 is B, C, D, A.
  5. Director's Choice, March 17-18, 23-26

    Dawson seems to have been in Seattle this week:
  6. SFB 2017 Season Program 4: Balanchine

    Thanks @PeggyTulle and @pherank! I will be organizing the Meet the Artist, Pointes of View, Ballet 101s etc, alongside longtime adult education coordinator Cecelia Beam, as well as working on a variety of other new projects. Podcasts are high on my list of to-dos, but there likely won't be any changes there until next season--but stay tuned! I have some big ideas for those. And the blog does still exist under "Articles" in the SFB website's "Explore" tab: https://www.sfballet.org/explore/articles-videos. Posts right now are a bit more educational rather than "behind-the-scenes" but there are some dancer blogs from the fall if you scroll back!
  7. SFB 2017 Season Program 4: Balanchine

    Casting for the first two nights is up on the website: March 7: STRAVINSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO Aria I: Sarah Van Patten Aria I: Luke Ingham* Aria II: Yuan Yuan Tan Aria II: Tiit Helimets PRODIGAL SON Son: Joseph Walsh* Siren: Sofiane Sylve* DIAMONDS Principal Cast: Vanessa Zahorian Principal Cast: Carlo Di Lanno March 9: STRAVINSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO Aria I: Sofiane Sylve Aria I: Aaron Robison Aria II: Vanessa Zahorian Aria II: Carlo Di Lanno* PRODIGAL SON Son: Angelo Greco* Siren: Jennifer Stahl DIAMONDS Principal Cast: Maria Kochetkova* Principal Cast: Joseph Walsh* Also, Maria Kotchetkova says this is her only performance of Diamonds: Finally, full disclosure: I recently accepted a role at SFB in Audience Engagement and Education, so will be doing less speculation on this site, but will try to pop in now and then to answer questions as I can! And if anyone has thoughts on SFB's audience education initiatives, please feel free to reach out!
  8. 2016-2017 Company Promotions and Retirements

    Congratulations to Sasha de Sola who will be a principal effective January 1! I've been waiting for this one for a long time
  9. ABT 2016 Nutcracker Casting

    Ratmansky himself seems to feel like the torch lift has been better this year, writing (publicly on Facebook):
  10. Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    Definitely a clue: a new piece for Gala
  11. ABT 2017 Spring Season at The Met

    For what it's worth, I'd be shocked if Kochetkova is dancing w/ ABT on that tour, as SFB will be in season and that particular rep contains pieces she dances in regularly, so you can probably rule out seeing her
  12. SFB 2016 Tours

    That's a debut for Doris Andre, which is always exciting! Personally, I'd probably go for the Kotchetkova/Walsh casting--the ballet premiered on Masha and Joan Boada and I think she's excellent in the role, plus, I adore Joe Walsh-- but as Helene said, all the casts should be great.
  13. Miko Fogarty

    She was there 2.5 years and did Clara twice in Nut. Not that long perhaps, but as long (or longer) than many company members train there.
  14. Miko Fogarty

    Interestingly, she was always on a 1-year contract w/ BRB (http://dancetabs.com/2015/06/birmingham-royal-ballet-promotions-leavers-and-starters-june-2015/). She's been dealing with an injury as well: I do wish she'd find a place to settle down and grow as an artist (full disclosure: I used to take open class with her often in the Bay Area and she's a lovely dancer and person). I wonder if the plan is to take this year off and audition in the spring. Similarly, I'm somewhat confused by Juliet Doherty's remaining in AZ and on the competition/Instagram circuit after her successes w/ SFBS and the Stroman "Little Dancer" show and wonder if these girls are really making a decent living outside the confines of a traditional company through sponsorships etc.
  15. SFB 2016 Tours

    Very likely! I just remembered a petite brunette the livestream is archived and available if anyone wants to double-check!