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  1. pherank

    World Ballet Day 2018, October 2

    I know that a certain percentage of dancers and staff don't enjoy having their 'private' classes and rehearsals interrupted by a film crew. And SFB is preparing for their upcoming tour dates in New York and Washington DC in late October, so perhaps the decision was made not to spend the money and sacrifice even a day of their time (granted, the video crew requires a number of days to prepare the building for live streaming). Tours, even really short tours, are expensive, I get that, but performances in NYC don't do anything for the Asian, European and Latin American markets. And performances in Washington DC don't do anything for any market. It's just 'an honor'. If the companies involved are not raising separate monies for WBD, they should be - there can be specific donors for WBD just like anything else.
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    World Ballet Day 2018, October 2

    It would be disappointing if SFB has decided to withdraw from this year's presentation - it's really good P.R. for the companies, and good fun to watch the classes and rehearsals. If that is the case, I hope PNB or Miami City Ballet are "bumped up" this year.
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    Alastair Macaulay is retiring

    I'm not surprised that his job as dance critic has interfered with his other writing ambitions, such as a book about the development of Balanchine's Serenade. Macaulay is interviewed again at Conversations on Dance regarding his retirement: https://conversationsondancepod.com/2018/09/21/alastair-macaulay-departure-new-york-times/ I'm sure we'll continue to hear from Macaulay in various places and forms...
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    Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    Pretty funny. That's quite a beard that Thatcher is sporting, but I imagine it's not long for this world.
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    Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    Partnering by Myles Thatcher: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn6qUeMlSoc/?taken-by=sfballet
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    Arthur Mitchell has died

    I was very sorry to hear about his passing - a great human being, and a great dancer/director.
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    Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    Ana Sophia Scheller performed her first Odette/Odile role - with the National Ballet of Kiev: Tiit Helimets coached Scheller for this performance.
  8. Benji Pearson has joined the Boston Ballet (in the Corps): https://www.bostonballet.org/Home/Global/Profiles/Artists/Artists-of-the-Company/Benji-Pearson.aspx And Maria Kochetkova now has her official "Principal Guest Artist" page on the Norwegian National Ballet website: https://operaen.no/en/about-dnob/norwegian-national-ballet/maria-kochetkova/
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    Podcast Interviews with SFB

    I see there's a new podcast interview on the SFB website - The Meet the Artist Interviews now includes "Celebrating Jerome Robbins: Helgi Tomasson, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Ellen Sorrin (host)" [1:04:52 in length] https://www.sfballet.org/explore/podcasts
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    New company members 2018-19 season

    The SFB website has a new page introducing 4 of the new company dancers: Welcoming New Dancers https://www.sfballet.org/explore/articles/Welcoming-New-Dancers
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    Maria Kochetkova

    The Norwegian National Ballet has posted Maria Kochetkova's "Principal Guest Artist" page to their website (listing her many accomplishments): https://operaen.no/en/about-dnob/norwegian-national-ballet/maria-kochetkova/
  12. The Leeds International Piano Competition is going on right now on Medici.TV (open access) https://leedspiano2018.medici.tv/ Earlier performances can be replayed here: https://leedspiano2018.medici.tv/replay/
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    Nureyev Production and News

    Happy birthday? I wonder how many "house arrests" are currently being maintained in Russia? I presume it is considered to be a less expensive form of incarceration.
  14. Thanks, Terez - Yes, a job well done. He's been operating at a high level, very much in parallel with Tomasson, for the last 30 years. I think McCoy has earned his retirement. And Sonoma is a good place to be. ;)
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    Attention: Paris ! Picasso and Dance

    Thanks - the three drawings accompanying the article are new to me. At least I can't remember having seen them before - there may be some 'hidden gems' in the exhibit.