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BalletNut

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    audience
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    San Francisco
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  1. BalletNut

    Which one is your favourite pas de deux?

    I'm not sure it counts as a pas de deux per se, but I do love second movement Symphony in C. Count me in on "Titania and Cavalier" as well, and I'm also fond of the Apollo pas de deux between Apollo and Terpsichore. (Yes, I do like choreographers besides Balanchine. )
  2. While I'm still sorry that he left SFB, I'll be very interested to hear/read reports about how he does in NY.
  3. BalletNut

    Stern Grove 2007

    The program for SF Ballet's annual free performance at the Stern Grove Festival on Sunday, August 12, has been announced at this link. The program is Spring Rounds (Strauss/Taylor), Divertimento #15 (Mozart/Balanchine), and Elemental Brubeck (Brubeck/Lubovitch).
  4. BalletNut

    Twins

    About 10 years ago, SF Ballet had Leah and Megan Watson.
  5. Here is the 2008 repertory season, from SFB's website. Program 1 Filling Station (Thomson/Christensen) Tomasson work TBA Diamonds (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine) Program 2 Divertimento #15 (Mozart/Balanchine) Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes (Thomson/Morris) Firebird (Stravinsky/Possokhov) Program 3 Giselle (Adam/Tomasson, Perrot, Coralli) Program 4 Fancy Free (Bernstein/Robbins) In the Night (Chopin/Robbins) West Side Story Suite--SFB Premiere (Bernstein/Robbins) Program 5 Carousel (A Dance) (Rodgers/Wheeldon) After the Rain PDD (Part/Wheeldon) Tomasson work TBA Eden/Eden (Reich/MacGregor Program 6: Visiting Companies A Delicate Battle--National Ballet of Canada (Bach, Bryars/Mrozewski) Duo Concertant--NYCB (Stravinsky/Balanchine) Altro Canto--Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (Monteverdi/Maillot) New Works Festival: 10 world premieres by 10 choreographers, TBA This thread is for reference only and will remain closed; however, please feel free to discuss the 2008 season in the forum below.
  6. Here is a list of promotions and new members from SFB's website. You can read the full press release here. Promotion/Level James Sofranko, Soloist New Company Members/Level Maria Kochetkova, Principal Dancer Julianne Kepley, Soloist Mateo Klemmayer, Soloist Gaetano Amico, Corps de Ballet Clara Blanco, Corps de Ballet Ludmila Campos, Corps de Ballet Charlene Cohen, Corps de Ballet Sasha De Sola, Corps de Ballet Damir Emric , Corps de Ballet Christopher Mondoux, Corps de Ballet Ashley Muangmaithong, Corps de Ballet Kendall Teague, Corps de Ballet Luke Willis, Corps de Ballet New Apprentices Owen Gaj, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company Sean Orza, San Francisco Ballet School
  7. BalletNut

    Don Quixote Impressions

    I'll start. Don Quixote, Opening Night, 28 April 2007 I wasn't sure what to expect out of Vanessa Zahorian as Kitri, but she more than delivered in this performance. I don't think I've ever seen anyone turn as fast as she did. Her fouettes earned thunderous applause from the audience, and her jumps were well executed. I never thought of her as an actress, but she hammed it up nicely, even if she was relying a bit heavily on facial expressions rather than comic timing. Davit Karapetyan made his debut as Basilio in that performance as well. He was technically flawless, and even impressive, but his acting needs a bit of work. I was expecting the world from Muriel Maffre's Mercedes, and maybe I shouldn't have been. Notwithstanding her amazingly flexible back, she seemed miscast in the role and didn't hold my attention the way she has in other ballets. That said, it was a fine performance; it's just that I've come to expect more from her. Nevertheless, she will be missed, as this was one of her last performances with SF Ballet. As Espada, Moises Martin was, again, technically perfect but dramatically a bit dull. I much preferred his brother Ruben in the same role the last time I saw Don Q. The rest of the company was a mixed bag. Hansuke Yamamoto and Pauli Magierek burned up the stage as the gypsy couple, while Frances Chung and Dores Andre as Kitri's friends couldn't seem to get in sync with each other even though they both danced beautifully. Yuan Yuan Tan and Elizabeth Miner as the Driad Queen and Cupid, respectively, were both beautiful, while the corps was mostly together in the driad scene as well as the seguidilla and fandango. Martin West conducted, and the tempi were much faster than what I was used to, especially during the Act 3 opening march. Fortunately, the dancers were able to keep up with it. I was disappointed that Tomasson cut the two bridesmaid variations, as I would have liked to see more of Andre and Chung's individual talents. Overall, however, this was a rousing finale to a slightly lackluster season at SFB.
  8. BalletNut

    Don Quixote Impressions

    If you're seeing Don Q, we'd love to hear/read your opinions of the performance!
  9. BalletNut

    Don Quixote Casting

    From SFB's website: DON QUIXOTE Opening Night 4/28/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Vanessa Zahorian Basilio: Davit Karapetyan* DON QUIXOTE Matinee 4/29/2007, 2 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Kristin Long Basilio: Gennadi Nedvigin DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/1/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Tina LeBlanc Basilio: Gonzalo Garcia DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/2/2007, 7:30 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Molly Smolen^ Basilio: Tiit Helimets* DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/3/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Vanessa Zahorian Basilio: Davit Karapetyan DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/4/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Kristin Long Basilio: Gennadi Nedvigin DON QUIXOTE Matinee 5/5/2007, 2 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Molly Smolen Basilio: Tiit Helimets DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/5/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Tina LeBlanc Basilio: Gonzalo Garcia DON QUIXOTE Matinee 5/6/2007, 2 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Vanessa Zahorian Basilio: Davit Karapetyan * Designates premiere in a role. Casting subject to change.
  10. BalletNut

    In SF for programs 6-7

    I will be at the evening performance on the 21st.
  11. BalletNut

    Program 6 & 7 Casting

    Even more: PROGRAM 6 Evening 4/13/2007, 8 PM NIGHT Conductor: Gary Sheldon Tina LeBlanc, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION ON COMMON GROUND Conductor: Martin West Cello: David Kadarauch Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets Molly Smolen, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION RODEO Conductor: Martin West Cowgirl: Kristin Long Wrangler: Aaron Orza Roper: Matthew Stewart Rancher’s Daughter: Pauli Magierek PROGRAM 7 Matinee 4/14/2007, 2 PM ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Rory Hohenstein Elizabeth Miner, James Sofranko* INTERMISSION CONCORDIA Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Pascal Molat Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets INTERMISSION SYMPHONY IN C Conductor: Martin West 1st Movement: Tina LeBlanc, Davit Karapetyan 2nd Movement: Sarah Van Patten*, Moises Martin* 3rd Movement: Frances Chung*, Nicolas Blanc* 4th Movement: Elizabeth Miner, Hansuke Yamamoto PROGRAM 7 Evening 4/14/2007, 8 PM ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Gonzalo Garcia Katita Waldo, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION CONCORDIA Conductor: Martin West Kristin Long, Gennadi Nedvigin Muriel Maffre, Pierre-François Vilanoba INTERMISSION SYMPHONY IN C Conductor: Martin West 1st Movement: Vanessa Zahorian, Gonzalo Garcia 2nd Movement: Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets 3rd Movement: Molly Smolen, Pascal Molat 4th Movement: Frances Chung*, Garrett Anderson* PROGRAM 6 Matinee 4/15/2007, 2 PM NIGHT Conductor: Gary Sheldon Vanessa Zahorian, Tiit Helimets INTERMISSION ON COMMON GROUND Conductor: Martin West Cello: David Kadarauch Lorena Feijoo, Davit Karapetyan Tina LeBlanc, Joan Boada INTERMISSION RODEO Conductor: Martin West Cowgirl: Sarah Van Patten Wrangler: Brett Bauer* Roper: Garrett Anderson Rancher’s Daughter: Pauli Magierek
  12. BalletNut

    Program 6 & 7 Casting

    More from SFB's website: PROGRAM 7 Opening Night 4/11/2007, 7:30 PM ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Gonzalo Garcia Katita Waldo, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION CONCORDIA Conductor: Martin West Kristin Long*, Gennadi Nedvigin* Muriel Maffre*, Pierre-François Vilanoba* INTERMISSION SYMPHONY IN C Conductor: Martin West 1st Movement: Vanessa Zahorian*, Gonzalo Garcia 2nd Movement: Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets* 3rd Movement: Molly Smolen*, Pascal Molat* 4th Movement: Sarah Van Patten*, Hansuke Yamamoto* PROGRAM 7 Evening 4/12/2007, 8 PM ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Rory Hohenstein Katita Waldo, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION CONCORDIA Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian*, Pascal Molat* Sarah Van Patten*, Tiit Helimets* INTERMISSION SYMPHONY IN C Conductor: Martin West 1st Movement: Tina LeBlanc, Davit Karapetyan* 2nd Movement: Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets 3rd Movement: Kristin Long, Gennadi Nedvigin 4th Movement: Elizabeth Miner*, Hansuke Yamamoto * Designates premiere in a role. Casting subject to change.
  13. If you're seeing Program 6 and/or Program 7, please post about it on this thread.
  14. BalletNut

    Program 6 & 7 Casting

    Casting is up for Programs 6 and 7. PROGRAM 6 Opening Night 4/4/2007, 7:30 PM NIGHT Conductor: Gary Sheldon Tina LeBlanc, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION ON COMMON GROUND Conductor: Martin West Cello: David Kadarauch Lorena Feijoo*, Davit Karapetyan* Tina LeBlanc*, Joan Boada* INTERMISSION RODEO Conductor: Martin West Cowgirl: Kristin Long Wrangler: Ruben Martin Roper: Rory Hohenstein Rancher’s Daughter: Pauli Magierek PROGRAM 6 Evening 4/5/2007, 8 PM NIGHT Conductor: Gary Sheldon Tina LeBlanc, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION ON COMMON GROUND Conductor: Martin West Cello: David Kadarauch Sarah Van Patten*, Tiit Helimets* Molly Smolen*, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION RODEO Conductor: Martin West Cowgirl: Tina LeBlanc Wrangler: Aaron Orza* Roper: Garrett Anderson Rancher’s Daughter: Alexandra Meyer-Lorey
  15. BalletNut

    Dance centre in central Paris ?

    Thank you, Helene. JoannaA, you're more than welcome to post about ballets you've been seeing on this site, but Ballet Talk For Dancers is indeed a better place for your inquiry. I'm closing this thread.
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