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  1. SFB sent out an e-mail today updating their current event list... Thursday, March 4 Opening Night Series, Program 3 | 5:30 - 6 pm Exclusive for donors at the Sponsor's Council+ levels and for patrons who donated back their full subscription. This event will be hosted as a Zoom webinar in the presentation-style format. During this event, guests will hear from artists of the Company for short interviews and Q&As.
  2. What Is a Ballet Body? With performances on pause, many dancers are rethinking their relationship to weight. Like many ballet dancers, Lauren Lovette has had some questions during the pandemic. One keeps rising to the top of her list. What is a ballet body? And a corollary: What does healthy look like? “Am I really working on being a better dancer?” Lovette said. “Or am I just trying to starve and get skinnier, so now I have the line?” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/arts/dance/what-is-a-ballet-body.html
  3. I'm not surprised either - in the interview with Fairchild, Lovette almost seemed to be using that public opportunity to dip her toe in the water and try out the words, "I'm no longer a dancer". Just to see what it felt like, and to see if it would stick. Hopefully choreography will work for her in the long term. She's still at a very early stage of development, imo, as a choreographer, but who knows? Lovette would really benefit from a program like the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative - SFB's Myles Thatcher was able to study with Alexei Ratmansky through that program.
  4. Yes of course, I can't believe I forgot all about Liang, but then that's probably due to his very calm and quiet demeanor. Sofiane Sylve Val Caniparoli Christopher Stowell Gennadi Nedvigin James Sofranko Patrick Armand Felipe Diaz Edwaard Liang Christopher Wheeldon Gonzalo Garcia Yuan Yuan Tan Yuri Possokhov Vanessa Zahorian Davit Karapetyan Tiit Helimets Benjamin Millepied Lorena Feijóo Rubén Martín Cintas Evelyn Cisneros Damian Smith Parrish Maynard Ashley Wheater
  5. I think this is a case of - if you have to ask for the price, it's not for you. ;)
  6. Nothing wrong with starting early, of course. I was wondering if maybe there was going to be some kind of socially distanced Stern Grove Festival (is that even possible?). I like the look of the Forsythe (as previewed on YouTube) but I don't know a lot about it. It's the music he chooses that I often have issue with. But that's neither here nor there.
  7. I've been wondering what the company has been working on at this time. But what is Blake Works intended for?
  8. Kimberly Marie Olivier talks about diversification in the ballet world - Exploring ballet: Ballerina’s journey toward diversifying the art form https://www.kron4.com/hidden-history/black-history-month/exploring-ballet-ballerinas-journey-toward-diversifying-the-art-form/ Related: SF Ballet’s 2021 Visiting Scholar, Nyama McCarthy-Brown, PhD, presents her research, Skin Colored Pointes: Women of Color in Ballet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-eIPucKlag
  9. OK, who's going to be wearing their new Jewels ballet watch while viewing Program 4: Jewels? https://www.ft.com/content/44f7b1bd-5e82-4aa8-a04b-314b2fee2b92 Here's a peak at the Diamonds watch for those feeling a little cash strapped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL84SshbpTI And the Rubies watch: https://youtu.be/JoFV_RfYWb4
  10. I totally agree, and artistically speaking, it would be an interesting project. Learning what works in one medium and not another, and what works in both, has to be very useful to an artist.
  11. It's true that ColorForms the film veered away form Thatcher's original conception/theme for the stage ballet - the dancer's movements inextricably influencing one another like the linked pieces of an Alexander Calder mobile. And so we get a broader artistic experience, which in this case works well. If Thatcher goes the Yuri Possokhov route using digital projections for his stage production, he actually could reproduce some of the aspects of this SFMOMA environment. Here's a couple behind the camera/computer experience videos (Thatcher is the commentator) - the first clip definitely gives
  12. SF Ballet and NYCB on Jewels On Saturday, April 10, join SF Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson in conversation with former New York City Ballet principal dancers Kay Mazzo, Mimi Paul, and Edward Villella as they share their thoughts on Balanchine’s iconic ballet Jewels. Tickets are $20, and donors get $5 off classes. https://www.sfballet.org/productions/celebrating-jewels-2/
  13. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101 An unapologetic proponent of “poetry as insurgent art,” he was also a publisher and the owner of the celebrated San Francisco bookstore City Lights. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/obituaries/lawrence-ferlinghetti-dead.html If you ever lived in San Francisco, you likely know about the Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and his beloved City Lights bookstore. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE_8WK3tBuE
  14. Free Pointes of View LecturesOn the first Wednesday after each SF Ballet Digital Program premieres, listen to a free interview on the SF Ballet Facebook page and YouTube channel. March 10 includes Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD, Dores André and Jahna Frantziskonis on Program 03. On April 7, Sasha De Sola, Sasha Mukhamedov, and Pascal Molat discuss Jewels. And April 28, join Tiit Helimets, Elizabeth Mateer, and Joseph Walsh on Program 05.
  15. I forgot to mention that SFB has made the 2021 Virtual Gala (edited version) available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjejgK61gjs
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