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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. SFB Gala 2018: Celestial

    I really enjoyed that one. It was a little surprising there were only three boys, but all the kids were terrific. Your son is lucky to be there. Best of luck to him.
  2. SFB Gala 2018: Celestial

    Entertaining gala, notable largely for splendid dancing from the men: Ulrik Birkkjaer’s glittering batterie in the La Sylphide PdD; Vitor Luiz and his cheeky likability coupled with reliably impeccable dancing in Stars and Stripes; Angelo Greco’s dazzling (and I mean DAZZLING) Le Corsaire; and, best of all, the company of men in Justin Peck’s hugely enjoyable Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes. Not to neglect the women: As Josette predicted, a delightful Blue Bird PdD from Dores André; Yuan Yuan Tan, her usual exquisitely bendy self in Liang’s otherwise unmemorable Letting Go; Sasha de Sola more than holding her own (fouettés, fouettés, fouettés, not all beautiful but lots of them) in Le Corsaire; and especially Sofiane Sylve (partnered by Carlo di Lanno) in Rodeo. In fact, I knew nothing about Peck’s take on this ballet beforehand, and was little disconcerted at the prospect of the statuesque, magnificent Sylve kitted out as a cowgirl packing a couple of six-shooters, but not to worry: Peck uses the music, but not really the story, so she was able to be her own gorgeous self. I was also interested to see the newest hire, Ana Sofia Sheller, in Stars and Stripes. She’s a lovely dancer – beautiful lines, excellent turns – but somehow she didn’t strike me as particularly comfortable being coyly flirtatious. I’m looking forward to seeing her Aurora (if the casting doesn’t change again), which seems like a better fit. Overall, good show.
  3. Sleeping Beauty casts for first three performances. I’m curious to see André in the Bluebird PdD: I don’t really think of her as a ‘tutu’ dancer and she’s certainly not the fluttery type. On the other hand, she’s never, ever boring. Wei Wang should be good. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Choreography: Helgi Tomasson after Marius Petipa Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:30 pm Conductor: Martin West Aurora: Maria Kochetkova†‡ Prince Desiré: Joseph Walsh†‡ Lilac Fairy: Sarah Van Patten Carabosse: Anita Paciotti Bluebird: Wei Wang‡ Enchanted Princess: Dores André† Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 7:30 pm Conductor: Martin West Aurora: Sasha De Sola† Prince Desiré: Carlo Di Lanno†‡ Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7:30 pm Conductor: Martin West Aurora: Ana Sophia Scheller†‡ Prince Desiré: Angelo Greco†‡ LEGEND †Denotes premiere in role in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty. ‡Denotes premiere in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. SFB 2016: Program 1

    Aha! that worked. thanks.
  14. 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.
  15. Ballet Title Generator

    The Fairy's Adventures in Three Movements. Actually, sounds pretty good!
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