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  1. sf_herminator, thanks so much for your thoughts, and for the information about Ulrik Birkkjaer, one of my favorites.
  2. I am glad to hear that Dronina is improving to the point that she may dance in D.C. She is a beautiful dancer. Frola is known in London, due to ENB.
  3. I'm not suggesting that Froustey is injured or has "physical issues," but find it interesting that she is not dancing the Wheeldon Cinderella as she would be lovely in it. I thought she was outstanding as the Little Mermaid and Aurora last season. Many people do their jobs despite feeling sick, sad or in pain and don't advertise or romanticize that fact.
  4. Casting is also up for Cinderella through the weekend, showing no new casts, i.e., no Froustey or Mukhamedov.
  5. I am attending the Jan. 23 and 24 performances and am very happy that I will see Sasha De Sola's debut as Cinderella and to see Sarah Van Patten, who was a memorable Cinderella, on stage as the Stepmother. I hope to see another new cast the following night; I assume that Mathilde Froustey is dancing the role, as well as the already reported Misa Kuranaga and Sasha Mukhamedov. I also hope to see Ulrik Birkkjaer, a favorite of mine, who is not dancing in the gala. I just discovered the new photographs of the dancers on the SFB website.
  6. From photographs or video posted on the SFB website, it also shows that Mathilde Froustey and Ben Freemantle, and Dores Andre and Lonnie Weeks are rehearsing together as well in the Marston work.
  7. Thanks for posting this article about this outstanding and exquisite ballerina. I saw YY that season in Violin Concerto and also saw her dance the Blue Bird pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty in her first season with SFB.
  8. I saw her dance Emeralds three times last fall when the Mariinsky was in Los Angeles and she won me over with her special, genuine personal quality and musicality. I sought her out at the reception after one of the performances to thank her, and she spoke with humility and gratitude about being given the opportunity to prepare and dance the role. Swan Lake requires lyricism, dynamic phrasing, and emotional content to give a meaningful performance, which are qualities which she has shown. I wish her all the best in her first performance in the dual role.
  9. Yes, I saw both of those performances. It was my first look at Misa Kuranaga, who is a gem! Sofiane and Tiit danced a majestic pas de deux and Sasha De Sola was radiant Sugar Plum Fairy last night. Altogether wonderful performances!
  10. I hope to see the dancers dancing their hearts out for the four performances that I am going to after Christmas - after all, they are in a profession that they love and are dancing for a highly enthusiastic audience.
  11. Hi, miliosr - I know, I have a friend who was in Paris with tickets for both Le Parc (with Ganio) and Raymonda. Dorothee Gilbert got great reviews for that one performance of Raymonda. I have tickets for Mayerling in May.
  12. I hope Eleonora Abbagnoto gets to dance her scheduled farewell performance on the 23rd, but . . .
  13. Yes, Forster had Shevchenko in beautiful position in the blink of an eye for both their shows last year! They were a joy to watch.
  14. Sarah Van Patten is dancing the Grand pas de deux during the first week, which is terrific news.
  15. I assume these wondrous stars will be coaching SFB principals in Jewels.
  16. I went to a donor brunch in September and we were told that Nunez and Halburg were dancing two performances. It is fairly obvious that they would be dancing on opening night, but L.A. is slow to state the casting. In contrast, Orange County's Segerstrom Performing Arts Center states on line and/or in their season brochure that Nunez and Bolle are performing Onegin on Friday, Saturday evening, and the Sunday matinee.
  17. On Oct. 29, I tried accessing the website through an email I received about advance purchase and got nowhere. On Wednesday, I got an email giving me an access code that did not work. I finally called the box office about two hours ago and bought the tickets that I wanted.
  18. Thanks so much for posting the beautiful rehearsal by Vienna State Ballet of Emeralds, Naomikage.
  19. Marcela Marcela, I just saw your post. At a donor's brunch that I attended, it was announced that Nunez and Hallburg were dancing two performances. It's a pretty good guess that they will dance opening night. I would assume that they would also dance Saturday evening.
  20. Xiomara Reyes was still dancing as if it were the first day of spring when she was forced out by Kevin McKenzie. It was not her choice to retire, as was apparent from her interviews at the time.
  21. I'm thrilled to hear of Kristina Lind's promotion. She was dancing with such beauty in her last season wih San Francisco Ballet several years ago - I remember her lyricism in the Nutcracker Snow pas de deux and as one of the Serenade leads - and she was able to find her right place and continue to progress.
  22. I did not know that, AB'sMom. Thank you.
  23. I'm trying to delete a repeat post. Helene, can you help?
  24. Interesting about Kuranaga dancing Juliet in Denmark. Froustey posted that she was dancing two performances of Juliet including opening night, and Dores Andre has also danced Juliet.
  25. Sasha Mukhamedov has already danced Cinderella in Wheeldon's production with The Dutch National Ballet. It is not a role debut for her.
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