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  1. Keeping Up With SFB Veterans

    As mentioned in this article from May http://www.sfchronicle.com/performance/article/Feijoo-taking-her-final-steps-at-SF-Ballet-11065862.php, Lorena will be working with SF Opera. First, she will be dancing in La Traviata. Following that, she will debut as Lola Montez in John Adams' Girls of the Golden West. Casting is up for La Traviata https://sfopera.com/1718season/201718-season/traviata/, and Lorena is listed as a solo dancer. She even has a bio page: https://sfopera.com/about-us/people/bios/artists/lorena-feijoo/. Here is the info for Girls of the Golden West, including casting: https://sfopera.com/1718season/201718-season/goldenwest/. I will definitely try to see La Traviata some time during the run, and also looking forward to Girls of the Golden West.
  2. UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    SFB was just live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sfballet/videos/10155389031686293/ Jennifer (host of the prior Unbound webcasts) briefly talks with Joseph Walsh and Lonnie Weeks (who were in the last webcast working on the pieces by Justin Peck & Christopher Wheeldon) plus Benjamin Freemantle (who is working with Trey McIntyre).
  3. UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    Justin Peck posted a little preview of his piece on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BX5zA1fH5Pc/?hl=en&taken-by=justin_peck
  4. UNBOUND 2018: A 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
  5. UNBOUND 2018: A 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
  6. UNBOUND 2018: A 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.
  7. 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
  8. UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    Edwaard Liang is also working with the dancers on his piece for Unbound. Previously, he created Symphonic Dances.
  9. 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
  10. UNBOUND 2018: A 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:
  11. 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/
  12. 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!!!!
  13. 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
  14. 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.
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