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pherank   

There's no word yet about any International tours, short or otherwise, but I have a feeling that Tomasson is going to give his dancers a long rest period after an intense season. And Helgi now has his work cut out for him replacing retirees.

 

For people in the Bay Area, SFB will be participating in the following popular events:

 

Friday, July 21, 2017
Festival Napa Valley

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Center

SF Ballet returns to Festival Napa Valley for one performance only on
Friday, July 21, 2017, accompanied by members of the SF Ballet Orchestra. The Company will perform a mix of contemporary and classical works.

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Stern Grove Festival

19th Avenue and Sloat, San Francisco

SF Ballet will give their annual Stern Grove Festival performance on Sunday, July 30, 2017, accompanied by members of the SF Ballet Orchestra. The Company will perform a mix of contemporary and classical works.

 

I do know that this just happened:

"4 premiers dancers of San-Francisco Ballet will perform Variations for two couples, the Benois winner piece" at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Three of the dancers were Lauren Strongin, Joseph Walsh and Dores Andre.

(Benois de la Danse Stars in a Quarter of a Century Gala)

 

http://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/9000/

 

"The jubilee gala on May 30 will be opened by Joseph Walsh, the premier of the San Francisco Ballet, and Victoria Jaiani from the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, who last year performed the duet from Lan Lubovitch’s Otello alongside Fabrice Calmel. Victoria and Joseph will animate the sculpture of Benois de la Danse: they will present a miniature choreographed by Yuri Possokhov to the music by Ilya Demutsky, who have conceived this duet as a gift to the jubilee of Benois." http://benois.theatre.ru/english/history/2017/

 

Reaction from Strongin and Walsh:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUvWJBmABgT/?taken-by=josephwalshsf

 

Congratulations to the dancers on their Bolshoi debut, and maybe first time on a raked stage for Walsh and Strongin.  ;)

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pherank   

Mathilde Froustey has spent her injury rehabilitation period founding an artist space, called La Maison, in Oakland, California:

"An artist-run initiative, venue and residency that provides a free space for artists of all practices to meet, collaborate, perform and exhibit."

At the La Maison inauguration party, Froustey and Sarah Cecilia danced a short piece choreographed by former SFB soloist Dana Genshaft (now a teacher at the SFB school, teaching Contemporary and Conditioning).

And she recently danced in a fashion show for designer Yuka Uehara:
Tokyo Gamine Stages Chic Ballet Fashion Show at Pia the Store
http://hauteliving.com/2017/05/tokyo-gamine-pia-trunk-show-spring-2017/636667/

 

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JumpFrog   

I knew that I adored Froustey as a dancer after seeing her work her magic onstage but I can't help but feel enormous respect for her as a person as I read this. I think an injury when your craft is your own body must be just awful and to come back stronger and actually give back as part of the healing process wow. 

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4 minutes ago, JumpFrog said:

I knew that I adored Froustey as a dancer after seeing her work her magic onstage but I can't help but feel enormous respect for her as a person as I read this. I think an injury when your craft is your own body must be just awful and to come back stronger and actually give back as part of the healing process wow. 

 

I like that she didn't roll up into a ball of misery during the season, while others danced - she went crazy with her own projects. The woman is a force of nature.

 

I've figured out from a post by Dores André that the other SFB dancer at the Bolshoi was Carlo Di Lanno. Dores wrote:

 

Dance (and not fall) at the Bolshoi raked stage ....CHECK✔️

 

Good job!  ;)

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On ‎5‎/‎31‎/‎2017 at 2:29 PM, pherank said:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Festival Napa Valley
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Center

SF Ballet returns to Festival Napa Valley for one performance only on
Friday, July 21, 2017, accompanied by members of the SF Ballet Orchestra. The Company will perform a mix of contemporary and classical works.

 

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

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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

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pherank   

Of all the festival pairings, I think Chung with Greco is the most interesting one. I hope that proved to be an inspired choice. (It's now a given that the pairing of Sylve and Di Lanno will be riveting.)

 

SFB has announced that Ballet Master Felipe Diaz is now (also) an Assistant to the Artistic Director.

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