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UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

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Today's live broadcast (10/8/17) is now available on the SFB Facebook video page, and hopefully, will appear on their YouTube page soon :

https://www.facebook.com/pg/sfballet/videos/?ref=page_internal

 

Trey McIntyre, Cathy Marston, and Alonzo King are featured in this broadcast.
"Look for Principal Dancers Sofiane Sylve and Tiit Helimets dancing a pas de deux; Principal Dancers Mathilde Froustey, Sarah Van Patten, and (brand-new to SFB) Ulrik Birkkjaer in a trio, and Corps de Ballet member Benjamin Freemantle in a break-out solo."

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The September 8, 2017 broadcast has appeared on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk0NSGok64k

 

However, the audio appears out-of-sync with the visuals, at least for me. Hopefully that will be fixed.

 

EDIT: the audio and video tracks are a better match by about 17:50 into the broadcast (as the Cathy Marston section is about to start).

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Mathilde Froustey posted some photos to Instagram regarding a video shoot of the new Cathy Marston ballet. No word yet as to where this video might be shown. In the photo below  we have Sarah Van Patten, Cathy Marston, Mathilde Froustey, videographer Mark, and Ulrik Birkkjaer.

 

Humorously, Elizabeth Mateer replied to the posting by asking "is that my leotard?"

Mathilde: "Yes !!! I left you a note on your locker !!! Cathy asked me on Friday at 7pm [to wear] a pink long sleeves Leotard.... it will be cleaned and back to mama on Monday morning !"

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SFB will be hosting a symposium in conjunction with the UNBOUND Festival: April 27–29, 2018 - I think Tomasson has taken to heart the discussions he witnessed at the Positioning Ballet conference (hosted by the Dutch National Ballet in February 2017).

 

Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet’s Future

"Bringing together noted artists, scholars, and critics, this symposium provides an opportunity for discussion, debate, and collaboration about ballet in the 21st century..."

 

https://www.sfballet.org/season/events/unbound-2018/boundless-symposium

 

SFB is also setting up a webpage on which related short films will be posted:

 

"Think ballet can only happen on stage? Think again. As part of Unbound, we’re partnering four festival choreographers with film directors to create short dance films inspired by the emotional impact, daring physicality, and artistic expression of these new ballets."

 

https://www.sfballet.org/season/events/unbound-2018/dance-films-unbound

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The programs for Unbound: A Festival of New Works have been announced:

 

Program A:  Alonzo King, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck 

https://www.sfballet.org/season/2018-repertory/2018-unbound-a

 

Program B;  Myles Thatcher, Cathy Marston, David Dawson 

https://www.sfballet.org/season/2018-repertory/2018-unbound-b

 

Program C:  Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

https://www.sfballet.org/season/2018-repertory/2018-unbound-c

 

Program D:  Edwaard Liang, Dwight Rhoden, Arthur Pita

https://www.sfballet.org/season/2018-repertory/2018-unbound-d

 

More information:  https://www.sfballet.org/unbound#schedule

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On 11/7/2017 at 3:38 PM, sf_herminator said:

The programs for Unbound: A Festival of New Works have been announced:

 

Program A:  Alonzo King, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck 

https://www.sfballet.org/season/2018-repertory/2018-unbound-a

 

Program B;  Myles Thatcher, Cathy Marston, David Dawson 

https://www.sfballet.org/season/2018-repertory/2018-unbound-b

 

Program C:  Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

https://www.sfballet.org/season/2018-repertory/2018-unbound-c

 

Program D:  Edwaard Liang, Dwight Rhoden, Arthur Pita

https://www.sfballet.org/season/2018-repertory/2018-unbound-d

 

More information:  https://www.sfballet.org/unbound#schedule

Am absoulutely devastated to not be able to make it to these programs. Please fellow BA friends if you are there provide updates. Especially Program B and C!!! :o

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12 minutes ago, JumpFrog said:

Am absolutely devastated to not be able to make it to these programs. Please fellow BA friends if you are there provide updates. Especially Program B and C!!! :o

It's a ways off of course (and who knows what will happen in the meantime), but I have tickets for each of the programs. So, barring any unfortunate developments, I'll try to type up my impressions. ;)

Hopefully a number of people will report on the festival...

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1 hour ago, sf_herminator said:

A video of Edwaard LIang discussing his Unbound work The Infinite Ocean:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uce4M-9RCVU

The Unbound page (https://www.sfballet.org/unbound) hasn't been updated, but should be soon.

Thanks so much!

Julia Rowe, Jahna Frantziskonis, Yuan Yuan Tan, Sofiane Sylve and Tiit Helimets (and others) all appear briefly in the rehearsal footage.

There's an audio issue for me - I'm going to investigate if this exists in all browsers - but Ewaard's voice track is very quiet in relation to the video's background music so he is hard to hear. I'm not sure why it was released that way; normally that kind of audio levels issue is fixable.

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20 minutes ago, pherank said:

Thanks so much!

Julia Rowe, Jahna Frantziskonis, Yuan Yuan Tan, Sofiane Sylve and Tiit Helimets (and others) all appear briefly in the rehearsal footage.

There's an audio issue for me - I'm going to investigate if this exists in all browsers - but Ewaard's voice trakc is very quiet in relation to the video's background music so he is hard to hear. I'm not sure why it was released that way; normally that kind of audio levels issue is fixable.

Yes, I was very happy to see the other dancers in his piece as he only showed Yuan Yuan & Vitor in their PDD during the first Unbound webcast.  Also, after hearing Edwaard's inspiration for the piece I am even more excited to see the final work.

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Erik Tomasson got back in touch with me regarding UNBOUND images:

"Just wanted to let you know that I reached an agreement with the dancers for three of the Unbound images. They are currently for sale at my website (www.eriktomasson.com) for a limited time under the 'store' link at the top of the page. The prints are available for purchase until May 1st 2018."

http://www.eriktomasson.com/store/

One size only for all prints.
Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.  Last day to order prints is May 1st 2018.


FYI: I sent Erik Tomasson an email reply asking if there will be any other UNBOUND images made available - if so I'll update this information.

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I just received SFB's 2018 Season Guide in the mail, and....we have names!

Program A

The Collective Agreement - Alonzo King
Bound - Christopher Wheeldon
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - Justin Peck

Program B

(Untitled world premiere) - Myles Thatcher
Snowblind - Cathy Marsten
Anima Animus - David Dawson

Program C

Bespoke - Stanton Welch
Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem - Trey McIntyre
Guernica - Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Program D

The Infinite Ocean - Edwaard Liang
(Untitled world premiere) - Dwight Rhoden
Björk Ballet - Arthur Pita

There are also text blurbs describing choreographer and ballet, but I won't attempt to retype any of that.

 

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An interview with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has been posted on the company's YouTube channel:  

On another note, I attended last night's Opening Gala (it was fabulous, will try to post a brief blurb in the gala topic).  Before the second half began, Helgi came out to talk briefly about Unbound: A Festival of New Works.  The following video was also shown:

 

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Thanks for the video -- Ochoa was very articulate here!

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Sasha De Sola mentioned on Instagram that four short dance films highlighting four of the festival ballets will be released on February 28th:

 

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SFB just sent out an email reminder about their upcoming 2/17/2018 (Saturday) 5:00pm Panel Discussion.

Ballet Talk: Distinctly SF: A Panel Discussion on New Work in San Francisco
"Join us Saturday, February 17 for a lively 60-minute panel discussion about the legacy of new work in San Francisco featuring representatives from SF’s dance scene and current and former artists of the Company. Oh, and have a complimentary glass of wine with guests and speakers while you’re there!
Tickets are selling fast, so hurry and get yours today!"

https://www.sfballet.org/season/events/ballet-talk-sfb-0227/options

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Lonnie Week's photo of Dores Andre in her Ochoa ballet bull horns
"Mess with the bull and you get the horns"

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Here are the 4 short videos promised for February 28th:

Unbound On Screen
"As part of Unbound, we’ve partnered four festival choreographers with film directors to create short dance films inspired by the emotional impact, daring physicality, and artistic expression of these new ballets."

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa - Guernica

DANCERS
Myles Thatcher
Dores André
Solomon Golding
Julia Rowe


Dwight Rhoden - Let's Begin at the End

DANCERS
Angelo Greco
Frances Chung
Ulrik Birkkjaer
Jennifer Stahl
Benjamin Freemantle
Sasha De Sola
Esteban Hernandez


Cathy Marston - Snowblind

DANCERS
Ulrik Birkkjaer
Mathilde Froustey
Sarah Van Patten


Alonzo King - The Collective Agreement

DANCERS
Sofiane Sylve
Tiit Helimets
Max Cauthorn
Ana Sophia Scheller
James Sofranko
Jahna Frantziskonis
Solomon Golding
 

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Christopher Wheeldon on his piece (Bound) for the Unbound Festival

Things to note:  Technology, disconnectiveness of our time and how we are 'bound' to our devices is theme of the work.  Women are in ballet flats and not pointe shoes.

Dancers spotted:  Jaime Garcia Castilla, Lonnie Weeks, Yuan Yuan Tan, Carlo DiLanno, Benjamin Freemantle, Angelo Greco, Esteban Hernandez, Davide Occhipinti, Alexandre Cagnat, Minghuan Wang, Frances Chung.

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SFB jsut hosted a party for the UNBOUND Festival participants, and Froustey posted a series of photos from the event (rollover image and click arrows to see more):

And from Angelo Greco and Ana Sophia Scheller (2 photos in each - click arrow to see more):

 

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Agree about King's comment!  Pacific Northwest Ballet recently hosted a panel discussion on contemporary ballet that was based on some of the works in the last couple of seasons (I'll post my notes when I manage to transcribe them).  I hope that someone (or even better, several someones!) will post a report about this session here.

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1 hour ago, sandik said:

Agree about King's comment!  Pacific Northwest Ballet recently hosted a panel discussion on contemporary ballet that was based on some of the works in the last couple of seasons (I'll post my notes when I manage to transcribe them).  I hope that someone (or even better, several someones!) will post a report about this session here.

Yes, I remember hearing about that discussion and wondered if there was any video of the event. That's the kind of discussion that really needs to be made available to the public.

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