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PeggyR

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    Ballet lover
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    Santa Rosa
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    CA
  1. Your Desert Island Triple Bill

    I doubt if this would work for anyone else as a single program, but it’s my island. Artifact Suite Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 Kingdom of the Shades
  2. VAI is having a DVD sale that seems to include pretty much all ballet videos (opera, etc also). Still expensive even with a discount, but I checked a few on Amazon and the ones they had were even more expensive.
  3. SFB 2016: Coppélia

    Sad to say, I can match that and raise you one. I attend with a friend who used those exact words: ‘…elder abuse…’ (plus she thought Coppelia was boring - too much mime, not enough dance (!) ) AND, she thought the female corps de ballet costumes in Magrittomania were offensively sexist. I don’t know what image the costume designer used as a basis for the costumes, but this is the closest I can find. Whatever.
  4. SFB 2016: Coppélia

    A quick note about today’s matinee, with Chung/Luiz (both excellent, especially the amazing Frances Chung). Didn’t have time before the performance to look at the rest of the cast list, and during intermission was too busy yakking to friends, so didn’t know who would be dancing Dawn, Prayer and Spinner in the third act. Dawn (Rebecca Rhodes) and Spinner (newest soloist Lauren Strongin) were nicely performed, but Prayer made me sit up and wonder, who is THAT? I almost missed my bus taking time to find out THAT was Jahna Frantziskonis. Gorgeous arms and upper body (and I mean really gorgeous), excellent ballon, strong technique, but especially that indefinable something that says ‘star quality’. I can certainly understand why the PNB audience is sorry to lose her.
  5. SFB 2016: Swan Lake

    I saw the 2/20 matinee Sylve / Di Lanno / Helimets, and 2/25 Froustey / Ingham / Bennet. It's taking some time to gather my reactions coherently: two interesting and VERY different interpretations. I'll try and post something tomorrow. And I'd recommend trying to see Froustey on Sunday, even if you need to stand. Her interpretation may not be to everyone's taste, but trust me, you won't be bored!
  6. SFB 2016: Swan Lake

    I’ve seen her several times in this production as O/O and thought she gave a lovely, intelligent performance - good differentiation between O1 and O2, with O2 not the usual evil vixen, but more a young woman discovering her power over a man - end enjoying it. Not very PC, but it worked for me. I had a ticket to see her Saturday evening, but decided to trade it for Thursday's Froustey/Ingham (both in role debuts this season), so I’m disappointed to miss Kochetkova. (I'm consoling myself with Sylve's Saturday matinee O/O. THAT is something I'm really looking forward to seeing.) Cute photo, but I’m curious: it looks like they are bare-legged, no tights. I realize this is a rehearsal, but I hope they wear tights during the performance. I like the bare-legged look in contemporary ballets, but defintely not Swan Lake.
  7. SFB 2016: Swan Lake

    Me too. To be honest, I've always thought she had more charm than expressiveness, still, I'd really like to see what she does with O/O, since I know a lot of people like her in the role. For some reason, in the past, she has never been cast when I was able to go, so this year looked like a good chance finally to see her. Oh well. SL is such a cash cow, maybe they'll bring it back next season. They are both good Swanhildas: Chung is funnier and more natural, but although Zahorian plays her as a seriously spoiled brat, her charm (and that smile!) keeps the character likable. There's also Onegin coming up at the end of the season. Zahorian has done Tatiana before and the role would be a good fit for both Dores Andre and Chung. I'm disappointed that Froustey won't be dancing the 2/20 matinee, but Sylve!!! What an unexpected treat. Froustey's 2/21 matinee is sold out but I may try and go standing room.
  8. SFB 2016: Swan Lake

    Yesterday, subscribers got a notice that a performance has been added on Friday, 2/26, so that's 11 performances, although it doesn't seem to be on the calendar yet. It's good that Froustey is getting three, which will give her time to settle in. I don't think her Gala Black Swan was at all representative of what she can probably do with the role. Agree Tan will probably get opening night. Van Patten is out on maternity leave, and Id be surprised if Feijoo will dance (she cancelled Giselle and Kitri the last couple of seasons). Among the principals, that leaves Sylve, though I dont think she's ever been cast as O/O here in SF; Zahorian, who will certainly get at least one; and Chung and Andre, assuming they have learned the role, both of whom would be debuting and both of whom I would do some serious rearranging of my life to see. Have they ever cast a soloist as O/O? I cant picture anyone except Stahl at this point. I have tickets for both 2/20 performances, but Ive seen Kochetkova twice already, so I may trade for 2/26 depending on who is dancing. Its very frustrating that they leave casting announcements so late.
  9. SFB 2016: Swan Lake

    SFB hasn’t yet posted casts, but Mathilde Froustey is posting on her Facebook page that she will be dancing Swan Lake three times: Since they don’t post casts until a week before the performance, and by that time full lengths - especially SL and Giselle - are mostly sold out, I have to buy tickets without knowing who will be dancing, and hope for the best. So, I’m lucky to have purchased a ticket months ago for the matinee on the 27th.
  10. SFB 2016: Program 1

    Aha! that worked. thanks.
  11. SFB 2016: Program 1

    Sorry, that's supposed to be 2016, but I can't edit the title. Program 1 - Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 2pm Opening Matinee 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Mathilde Froustey*, Tiit Helimets Vanessa Zahorian, Gennadi Nedvigin Elizabeth Powell, Taras Domitro Koto Ishihara, Lonnie Weeks MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Yuan Yuan Tan, Davit Karapetyan* Esteban Hernandez*, Wei Wang*, Max Cauthorn* PAS/PARTS North American Premiere Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova* Frances Chung* Dores Andre* Yuan Yuan Tan* Julia Rowe* Sofiane Sylve* Jennifer Stahl* Skyla Schreter* Carlo Di Lanno* Francisco Mungamba* James Sofranko* Diego Cruz* Joseph Walsh* Wei Wang* Henry Sidford* Program 1 - Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 7:30pm 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz Vanessa Zahorian, Gennadi Nedvigin Elizabeth Powell, Taras Domitro Koto Ishihara, Lonnie Weeks MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Yuan Yuan Tan, Davit Karapetyan Esteban Hernandez, Wei Wang, Max Cauthorn PAS/PARTS Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova Frances Chung Dores Andre Yuan Yuan Tan Julia Rowe Sofiane Sylve Jennifer Stahl Skyla Schreter Carlo Di Lanno Francisco Mungamba James Sofranko Diego Cruz Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Henry Sidford Program 1 - Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:30pm 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Mathilde Froustey, Tiit Helimets Norika Matsuyama*, Hansuke Yamamoto Ellen Rose Hummel*, Joan Boada Lauren Strongin*, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira* MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Jennifer Stahl*, Luke Ingham* Henry Sidford*,Wei Wang, Max Cauthorn PAS/PARTS North American Premiere Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova Frances Chung Dores Andre Yuan Yuan Tan Julia Rowe Sofiane Sylve Jennifer Stahl Skyla Schreter Carlo Di Lanno Francisco Mungamba James Sofranko Diego Cruz Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Henry Sidford Back to Top Program 1 - Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 2pm 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz Norika Matsuyama, Hansuke Yamamoto Lauren Parrott*, Pascal Molat Lauren Strongin, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham Henry Sidford, Wei Wang, Max Cauthorn PAS/PARTS Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova Frances Chung Dores Andre Yuan Yuan Tan Julia Rowe Sofiane Sylve Jennifer Stahl Skyla Schreter Carlo Di Lanno Francisco Mungamba James Sofranko Diego Cruz Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Henry Sidford Program 1 - Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 8pm 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets Vanessa Zahorian, Gennadi Nedvigin Elizabeth Powell, Taras Domitro Koto Ishihara, Lonnie Weeks MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham Henry Sidford, Wei Wang, Max Cauthorn PAS/PARTS Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova Frances Chung Dores Andre Yuan Yuan Tan Julia Rowe Sofiane Sylve Jennifer Stahl Skyla Schreter Carlo Di Lanno Francisco Mungamba James Sofranko Diego Cruz Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Henry Sidford 1/24 performance: 7 for Eight (Tomasson/Bach): This is the third time Ive seen this and if you paid me a million dollars I couldnt remember anything about it. Magrittomania (Possokhov/Krasavin cheerfully slaughtering Beethoven): Sometimes likable fun, sometimes dramatic and moving; stellar dancing from all. Pas/Parts (Forsythe/Willems): Wayne McGregor, eat your heart out.
  12. Ballet Title Generator

    The Fairy's Adventures in Three Movements. Actually, sounds pretty good!
  13. SFB 2016 Opening Night Gala

    Agree about Rubies. It looked like a first sight reading: get the steps down, worry about interpretation and nuances later. This is the second time I've seen Kochetkova in Rubies and didn't really think it suited her either time. This is only my second Gala, so I mostly judge by the photos on SFGate over the years: yes, there probably were fewer awful/weird gowns this year, but from where I was sitting in the back of the Dress Circle I had full view of several ladies with enough body parts on full display to construct a whole new human being. Tasteless doesn't begin to describe them. While I don't like doing counts of these kinds of things, it does make you stop and think: eight choreographers (if you count the jumble of Don Q as one), all white males; and ten composers, nine white males, one white female (Karen LeFrak, Gentle Memories/Jiří Bubeníček). I guess we take progress where we can get it.
  14. SFB 2016 Opening Night Gala

    A rather lackluster opening night gala, despite a few standout performances (and, unfortunately, one big disappointment). Overall, the night belonged to the men and Frances Chung. Chung in the Tchaikovsky PdD had charm, speed and brio to spare; my favorite performance of the evening. Since joining the company, Taras Domitro has gone well beyond his virtuoso technique and developed into a fine artist. But he demonstrated in the Don Quixote PdD that he can still pour on the bravura when he wants to. Not just thrilling, but a beautiful and musical performance. Other highlights included Gennadi Nedvigin, Joseph Walsh, Hansuke Yamamoto dancing impeccably at breakneck speed in Hans van Manen’s Solo; and Max Cauthorn, Esteban Hernandez and Wei Wang, highlighting the talent of the men in the corp de ballet, in Tomasson’s Bartok Divertimento. And mention must be made of Natasha Sheehan, a San Francisco Ballet School trainee, who more than held her own in the female role. The disappointment was Mathilde Froustey’s Black Swan. I don’t think she had a problem handling the technical demands (although the foutees did not go particularly well), but throughout her dancing was choppy, without flow or musical sensitivity, a surprise from this usually musical dancer. ETA re Froustey's performance: I just saw on her Facebook page that this was her first Black Swan, so I'll modify my criticism to say she may just need time to settle into this difficult role, and I look forward to her complete O/O later this season.
  15. Best and worst of 2015.

    San Francsico Ballet Best: -Shostakovich Trilogy, particularly Davit Karapetyan in Chamber Symphony. I’ve seen the Trilogy six times in two seasons and can’t wait to see it again. -Dances at a Gathering, especially Sofiane Sylve in Green. -Two role debuts stood out: Dores Andre’s fascinating Juliet, and Frances Chung’s exquisite Giselle.
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