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    Former dancer, avid balletgoer
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  1. Josette

    SFB in London 2019

    Hummingbird is the ballet in which Feijoo was so extraordinary with Victor Luiz. YY Tan didn't have the same impact. I'm glad they are reviving Bespoke, as it was one of my favorites from the Unbound Festival.
  2. I agree, ksk04, I have my season seats for Fridays, so I will need to move to Saturday evening.
  3. Josette

    Maurice Bejart at the Opera and Elsewhere

    I saw Farrell dance with Bejart's company on many occasions, and would agree with all that miliosr and Mashinka say above. During the 1970's, the company had some exceptional, world-class dancers who knew how to project, and the arena-ballets, such as Le Moliere Imaginaire and Notre Faust, were tremendously exciting events. I also have fond memories of Rita Poelvoorde's dancing and saw her regularly on the Brussels metro - it is nice to have her name mentioned above.
  4. Josette

    World Ballet Day 2018, October 2

    So World Ballet Day is starting in about an hour? And will last 12 hours?
  5. Josette

    SF Ballet 2018 Tours

    Henry Sidford took on Joe Walsh's role due to Walsh's injury and was outstanding, likely contributing to his promotion to soloist. What a shame they they could not allow Sidford one show. That being said, I look forward to seeing a fully-recovered Walsh dance this season. I saw him in Nutcracker last December and he was not his usual exemplary self, and I hope he is fully mended.
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    I thank you as well, Kathleen O'Connell, for the information. I will be in NYC in January and will definitely watch Watts in this.
  7. I saw Fonteyn dance and I am a long way off from being dead.
  8. Josette

    Keeping Up With SFB Veterans

    Damian was a wonderful dancer and presence on stage in everything he danced. And their partnership was so special.
  9. Josette

    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    Thanks for the information. I will definitely be there for Shevchenko and Forster!
  10. Just watched the Don Quixote excerpt from Sasha de Sola. She will probably dance Kitri in the upcoming season. She was slated to dance it the last time SFB performed it, but an injury got in the way.
  11. I went to last year's performance and enjoyed it tremendously, but a work commitment has gotten in the way this year and I can't get to O.C. by 6 p.m. If you attend the entire event, you get to see the students perform as well, which was great fun to watch. Last year there were several Royal Ballet dancers, which was a special treat. When I saw that they added Kochetkova, I was not so sorry to miss it this year, but I would think that it would still be worth seeing for Lunkina and McKie, alone. It's a very happy event.
  12. I think you said it quite well, ksko4. I have one Russian dancer friend, Vaganova-trained, who thought that the narrative most definitely needed to lose Lenin in the second act, and she was not at all enthusiastic about the choreography. During the second act, I was asking myself why I subscribed this season to the dance series. The dancers were well-trained, well-rehearsed, and involved in what they were doing. The female dancers moved better than Osipova, who thrashed about with precision. Part was not well-served in her role as the Ballerina. The spirit of Isadora Duncan was not in evidence. Great music, though! (Prokofiev's wonderful score for Cinderella, played live!)
  13. Josette

    Isadora starring Natalia Osipova

    Wise decision, Buddy. I attended Friday night as a part of my subscription series. I spent most of the second act with my eyes closed, listening to the music, which was very well-played. We've had beautiful summer days in Southern California this weekend.
  14. Josette

    Akram Khan's Giselle/Cinema

    I'm taking my chances on a trip from LA to Chicago in winter, but I really want to see Akram Khan's Giselle and ENB, and so have bought tickets to two performances. Fingers crossed.
  15. Thanks so much for the link to Dust, Mashinka -- I loved it.