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  1. Dreamer

    New company members 2018-19 season

    I believe Zagrebin and his wife, who is also a dancer, spent the entire summer in SF. I remember seeing instagram photos of them and Gennadi Nedvigin touring wineries. Why he decided to leave after a couple of months remains a mystery. Would he have broken his contract? Or are foreign dancers allowed to sign up on a temporary basis?
  2. Flowers for the leading ladies and Ms. Alonso were brought out during the curtain call on the opening night performances, May 29 (DQ) and May 31 (Giselle).
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    New company members 2018-19 season

    Zagrebin did arrive in San Francisco and even performed with the company at the annual Stern Grove festival in July. He never made it to the repertory season, though.
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    Isadora starring Natalia Osipova

    I have a ticket as part of my SCFTA subscription. Unfortunately, there were no subscription packages offered without Osipova's program. I comfort myself with the fact that I'll get to experience Varnava's choreography as I have never seen his works.
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    New company members 2018-19 season

    I was hoping for a Cuban. With DQ returning next season, who from the current roaster can be a match to previous Basilios of the likes of Joan Boada, Taras Domitro or Carlos Quenedit. Having just seen the National Ballet of Cuba in DC, I am still in awe with the young generation of their male dancers—Rafael Quenedit (the younger brother of Carlos), Patricio Revé and Raúl Abreu.
  6. SFB sent out an email announcing company’s roster for 2018-2019 seasons. The biggest surprise is the recruitment of Vladislav Kozlov, a former corps de ballet dancer with the Bolshoi, who will be joining as a soloist. New corps members are Cavan Conley, Lucas Erni and Nicolai Goridiskii.
  7. I wish I were Cuban 😪. I wouldn’t say NBC dancers are not exactly great jumpers. The only person who had difficulties with jumps was Valdés but she more than compensated for this deficiency with her incredible balances. Everyone else was pretty much flying. But then again, it is probably my poor judgement abilities as, for example, I could never see anything spectacular about Osipova’s jumps. Maybe I always get distracted by her lack of turnout or beat up pointe shoes?
  8. Agree. I love how Cubans do fouetté turns—they beautifully show the working leg in the perfectly turned out second position at a 90 degree angle and then quickly whip it to turn. You could take a snapshot of their fully stretched leg a la second! The entire ire company looked terrific. I have not seen a single sickling or incompletely pointed foot. And five turn pirouettes seemed to be a piece of cake for these dancers. And how about eight or nine supported pirouettes? Easy. At some point, Rafael Quenedit used just one hand to spin Grettel Morejón around. Too bad, the Kennedy Center changed the initially announced three performances of DQ to just two. I am sure the third one would be a sell out as well.
  9. At the beginning of tonight’s performance of DQ, there was a tribute for the 40th anniversary of Alicia Alonzo’s appearance at the Kennedy Center. Then she waved to audience from her box. I am glad I got to see her.
  10. I have single tickets in Orchestra section for Don Quixote and Giselle performances of Cuban National Ballet at the Kennedy Center. Don Quixote— 5/29/18 at 7:30 pm, seat X106, $79 SOLD Don Quixote —5/30/18 at 7:30 pm, seat S128, $89 SOLD Giselle—5/31/18 at 7:30 pm, seat T116, $89 Giselle—6/1/18 at 7:30 pm, seat G103 (front row), $89 Giselle—6/2/18 at 7:30 pm, seat O114, $99 SOLD These are electronic tickets that can me emailed. Please PM me if you are interested
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    Dancer Promotions for 2018-2019

    I also saw Bizalion in Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’ House and in Frankenstein (Victor’s mother).
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    Dancer Promotions for 2018-2019

    I think that many audience members would like to see a Russian or a Cuban or a French star joining the company. For me, the company looks stronger then ever before but I woudn’t mind if a yet not widely known dancer with strong classical training from a Russian or other European company joins the company at the soloist level. Adding “new blood” would definitely bring excitement and healthy competition and also help avoid complacency and stagnation.
  13. The SFB doesn’t come to an end with Kochetkova’s departure. Its roster of principals is still quite strong. Besides YY and Sophiane Sylve, it has a beautiful and sensitive Sasha de Sola, a technically and musically impeccable Frances Chung, an expressive, quick-footed, distinguished by her clean attack and chiseled lines Ana Sophia Scheller, an elegant and emotive Sarah Van Patten and a lithe and svelte Mathilde Froustey. Not to mention a slew of very promising soloists and corps de ballet dancers. I do not expect Kochetkova’s place to remain unclaimed.
  14. It does not look that Kochetkova is leaving SFB to take up a position at ABT. SFB and ABT seasons do not overlap, so having a bi-coastal engagement seemed to work just fine for her. The commute between NYC and SF is actually not that bad, even when one needs to have a couple of coaching sessions early spring before the start of the MET season. Her more exhausting travels would have been to Europe and Japan.
  15. Considering that the announcement of Kochetkova’s leaving has been made so late into the season without giving her audience the chance of digesting and preparing for it, I have to wonder if it was a somewhat impromptu decision on her part.