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  1. Tomasson Announces 2018 Festival of New Works

    For the second round of Unbound, Myles Thatcher is now listed as the third choreographer: https://www.facebook.com/events/942197712585438/?acontext={"ref"%3A"2"%2C"ref_dashboard_filter"%3A"upcoming"%2C"action_history"%3A"[{\"surface\"%3A\"dashboard\"%2C\"mechanism\"%3A\"main_list\"%2C\"extra_data\"%3A[]}]"} https://www.instagram.com/p/BXVwKLTFS6P/?taken-by=sfballet Christopher Wheeldon and Justin Peck have been posting on Instagram while here in SF (unfortunately, no peeks at what they have been working on): https://www.instagram.com/p/BXeN-TSB5ZF/?taken-by=wheeldony https://www.instagram.com/p/BXeRq-NAWFx/?taken-by=justin_peck
  2. Tomasson Announces 2018 Festival of New Works

    The next 3 choreographers who will start to create their pieces and be part of the August 18 broadcast: Alonzo King, Justin Peck and Christopher Wheeldon. https://www.sfballet.org/season/events/unbound-2018/unbound-live. Edwaard Liang posted this pic on Instagram (link here is from FB): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156560442074478&set=p.10156560442074478&type=3&theater Yesterday's broadcast was also posted on SFB's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTHLx-97iDo
  3. Tomasson Announces 2018 Festival of New Works

    I just finished watching the first Unbound webcast. At the end, the host stated the entire program will be posted to the SFB website soon and will be available for 60 days. Of course, most people would like to know about the pieces. I will list the choreographer, music, and dancers rehearsing the piece. Stanton Welch - Music is two violin concertos by Bach. The section was for five men: Angelo Greco, Esteban Hernandez, Lonnie Weeks, Ben Freemantle, and (I think) Alexandre Cagnat. Edwaard LIang - A commissioned score by and English composer (don't remember the name). He only received the complete score the week before he started rehearsals. He rehearsed a PDD with Yuan Yuan Tan and Vitor Luiz. Arthur PIta - Recorded music by Bjork. He rehearsed a section with many dancers which transitioned into a solo by Maria Kochetkova. Each choreographer talked a bit about the section we would see, talk to the dancers, and then the dancers would start. Afterward, the choreographer gave some feedback, then answered some questions the host had from social media. I am most excited by Arthur Pita's piece. In the interview he really wanted to embrace the Unbound theme and has always admired Bjork. I think just like the piece he created this year (Salome), people will either love it or hate it. The next Unbound webcast will be on August 8th (per SFB comments on FB). I don't think they have stated who the choreographers will be.
  4. SFB 2017 Summer

    Program and casting for the Stern Grove performance Sunday 7/30 (https://www.sfballet.org/season/casting): STERN GROVE FESTIVAL Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2 pm HAFFNER SYMPHONY Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Sasha De Sola, Angelo Greco Pas de Deux from AGON Composer: Igor Stravinsky Choreographer: George Balanchine Conductor: Martin West Sofiane Sylve, Carlo Di Lanno Pas de Deux from BELLS Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov Pianist: Mungunchimeg Buriad Yuan Yuan Tan, Vitor Luiz CONCERTO GROSSO Composer: Francesco Geminiani after Corelli Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Esteban Hernandez, Wei Wang, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Max Cauthorn, Lonnie Weeks “BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY (OF COMPANY B)” from COMPANY B Composer: Sung by The Andrews Sisters Choreographer: Paul Taylor Joseph Walsh WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR© Composer: Ezio Bosso and Antonio Vivaldi Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon Conductor: Martin West Mathilde Froustey, Myles Thatcher Sarah Van Patten, Luke Ingham Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz
  5. Tomasson Announces 2018 Festival of New Works

    Edwaard Liang is also working with the dancers on his piece for Unbound. Previously, he created Symphonic Dances.
  6. SFB 2017 Summer

    Program and casting for the Napa performance has been posted (https://www.sfballet.org/season/casting) FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY Friday, July 21, 2017 - 6 pm WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR© Composer: Ezio Bosso and Antonio Vivaldi Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon Conductor: Martin West Mathilde Froustey, Joseph Walsh Sarah Van Patten, Luke Ingham Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz PAS DE DEUX FROM AGON Composer: Igor Stravinsky Choreographer: George Balanchine Conductor: Martin West Sofiane Sylve, Carlo Di Lanno* CONCERTO GROSSO Composer: Francesco Geminiani after Corelli Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Violin I: Cordula Merks Violin II: Craig Reiss Viola: Yi Zhou Cello: Eric Sung Esteban Hernandez, Wei Wang, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Max Cauthorn, Lonnie Weeks PAS DE DEUX FROM ACT II OF SWAN LAKE Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Violin: Cordula Merks Cello: Eric Sung Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets "BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY (OF COMPANY B)" FROM COMPANY B Music: Sung by The Andrews Sisters Choreographer: Paul Taylor Joseph Walsh PAS DE DEUX FROM FLAMES OF PARIS Composer: Boris Assafiev Choreographer: Vassili Vainonen Frances Chung, Angelo Greco
  7. Tomasson Announces 2018 Festival of New Works

    The dancers are back in the studios and one of the 12 choreographers (Arthur Pita) is working on his creation for Unbound. SFB posted this on their FB page, although this photo is from the creation of this past season's Salome:
  8. Link to official press release: https://www.sfballet.org/about/media-center/press-releases/18_CompanyMembers Two new principal dancers: Ulrik Birkkjaer (from the Royal Danish Ballet) and Ana Sophia Scheller (from New York City Ballet) join the Company as principal dancers. Previously announced: Jennifer Stahl promoted from soloist to principal dancer. No additional soloists to the ones announced earlier: Previously announced were the promotions of corps dancers Isabella DeVivo, Jahna Frantziskonis, Esteban Hernandez, and Steven Morse. Plus Max Cauthorn, whose promotion was effective immediately when announced in March (the other promotions were for the 2017-18 season). New Corps Dancers: Solomon Golding, Gabriela Gonzalez, Blake Johnston, Madison Keesler, Wona Park, and Joseph Warton have joined SF Ballet as corps de ballet members. Additionally, all five apprentices from last season (Alexandre Cagnat, Shené Lazarus, Davide Occhipinti, Nathaniel Remez, and Isabella Walsh) have been promoted to the Corps. Apprentices for 2017-18: Ethan Chudnow, Anatalia Hordov, Carmela Mayo, Swane Messaoudi, Larisa Nugent, and Benjamin Pearson of SF Ballet School have been promoted to the rank of apprentice. Missing from last year's roster (some of these were already known, others are a bit of a surprise): Principals: Lorena Feijoo, Davit Karapetyan, Vanessa Zahorian, Taras Domitro, Carlos Quenedit, and Aaron Robison Soloists: Francisco Mungamba, Anthony VIncent Corps: Jordan Hammond, Lee Alex Meyer Lorey Initial reaction: Very surprised to see Francisco gone. NIce to see Madison Keesler returning. Here's a link to Ana Sophia Scheller's bio: http://www.nycballet.com/Dancers/Dancers-Bios/Ana-Sophia-Scheller.aspx Solomon Golding's bio from Royal Ballet website: http://www.roh.org.uk/people/solomon-golding Gabriela Gonzalez's bio from Tulsa Ballet: https://tulsaballet.org/company/dancers/gabriela-gonzalez/ Even though we are familiar with her, here is Madison's bio from the English National Ballet website: https://www.ballet.org.uk/people/madison-keesler/
  9. On SFB's FB page, they have announced that Taras Domitro & Carlos Quenedit are leaving at the end of the season: In an article (http://www.sfchronicle.com/performance/article/Feijoo-taking-her-final-steps-at-SF-Ballet-11065862.php) on Lorena Feijoo's pending retirement, the writer had hinted at other possible departures. I am sad to see Taras & Carlos leave, which means the Cuban contingent will be gone at the end of the season. Taras will be moving to Miami and freelancing, while Carlos will be opening a school in Mexico. I will always remember Carlos as Basilio (with Mathilde Froustey as Kitri) in Don Q. Taras could always light up a gala with his gravity-defying jumps and spins. Gracias y buena suerte!!!!
  10. Casting for opening night has been posted (https://www.sfballet.org/season/casting - Casting for upcoming performances will be updated on this page as the information becomes available. In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change.): PROGRAM 08 - CINDERELLA© Friday, April 28, 2017 - 8 pm Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon Conductor: Martin West Cinderella: Frances Chung Prince Guillaume: Joseph Walsh Stepmother: Jennifer Stahl Stepsister Edwina: Sasha De Sola Stepsister Clementine: Dores André Benjamine: Taras Domitro Program Notes Synopsis View Trailer
  11. http://www.sfchronicle.com/performance/article/Feijoo-taking-her-final-steps-at-SF-Ballet-11065862.php (if you are a non-subscriber, you can read up to 5 articles) In the fall, Lorena will be working with the San Francisco Opera. She will dance at Flora’s party in “La Traviata” in September and will perform as Lola Montes in the world premiere production of the John Adams-Peter Sellars opera “Girls of the Golden West” in November. I imagine that will include singing, which is not unusual. She was Anita in 'West Side Story Suite' in 2008 & 2009, singing and dancing "America". She will also do some teaching and coaching.
  12. Here is the video honoring Lorena shown last night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVu1IO06v3w IMHO, it is unfortunate she was not given the opportunity for a proper farewell performance given the length of her tenure and the breadth of roles she performed. A five minute video does not do her justice. She really could do it all. I am grateful for all she has given over the years and especially to be able to personally give her my thanks for giving her heart and soul on the stage.
  13. SFB 2017 - Program 7: Made for SF Ballet

    Casting is up for opening night (https://www.sfballet.org/season/casting): PROGRAM 07 - MADE FOR SF BALLET Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:30 pm TRIO Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Sasha De Sola, Vitor Luiz Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets Aaron Robison^ Maria Kochetkova, Angelo Greco^ World Premiere GHOST IN THE MACHINE Composer: Michael Nyman Choreographer: Myles Thatcher Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian^, Joseph Walsh^ Sasha De Sola^, Steven Morse^ Dores André^, Carlo Di Lanno^ Isabella DeVivo^, Esteban Hernandez^ Ellen Rose Hummel^, Max Cauthorn^ WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR© Composer: Ezio Bosso and Antonio Vivaldi Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Joseph Walsh Sarah Van Patten, Luke Ingham Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz *Denotes premiere in role for current production. ^Denotes premiere in current production. Program Notes
  14. Sensorium 2017 - Tue 3/21

    I was at Sensorium this year - as an audience member AND as a volunteer. Full disclosure: I am a member of BRAVO - Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization (https://www.sfballet.org/support-us/get-involved/bravo). One of the aspects that makes Sensorium a very different event are the installations where you can learn more about other aspects of ballet. You can learn more about tutus and make-up. As seen in pherank's post above, Mathilde demonstrated movement while someone would draw inspired by the ballerina's movement. There was another installation that I had the opportunity to work with where a musician from the orchestra would play and the participant/artist would create a line drawing listening to the violinist or cellist for 10 seconds inspired by the music. The participant would then take their drawing to the camera (manned by yours truly) to take a picture of their drawing. All these drawing would then be incorporated into a short film. There were specific instructions for the participant. They were not to draw any objects or write any words. They were to think of the pen (sharpie) as the dancer moving to the musician playing (either a violinist or cellist). I was told by one of the organizers that the film would be available at a later date. I was pleasantly surprised to find a short film on You Tube on Thursday!! ANd when I saw the film, it was actually reverse of the drawing. The participants were drawing with a black sharpie on white paper. But as you can see in the film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7_lJNLBXH0) it is the opposite - but quite impactful!!! Social media was incorporated into the evening's festivities. I did not catch everything as I had to get back to my post for the installation, but will update with more information later. As far as the actual performance, this year was a little different in that the first piece was one of the most traditional pieces - Balanchine's Diamonds. The second piece was the piece Liam Scarlett created last year - Fearful Symmetries. It was the complete opposite of Diamonds. But I thought it was great to have these pieces side by side for people who have never been to the ballet before. Last year's program was Forsythe's Pas/Parts 2016 and Possokhov's Swimmer. The installations continued after the performance, along with two after parties. One was on the lower level and the other was in the bar on the mezzanine level. Admittedly, it was hard to hear the musicians with the loud music from both places. Luckily both the participants and musicians were game. In the meantime, here is another link: http://sensoriumdance.com/
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