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pherank

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  1. 2022 Season Tickets are now available at the PRINCIPAL PACKAGE level: OUR PRINCIPAL SERIES OFFERS THE BEST BENEFITS AND SAVINGS Want the same seats for every performance? There are two packages to choose from: PRINCIPAL 5 See a total of five preselected programs and save up to 25% on the single-ticket price. Packages start at $110. Celebrate with some of Helgi Tomasson's most beloved ballets: Swan Lake, Caprice, Prism, and Trio Be there for three world premieres by in-demand dance makers Cathy Marston, Dwight Rhoden, and Christopher Wheeldon See the SF Ballet premiere of Blake Works I by celebrated choreographer William Forsythe and the eagerly-awaited premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Seasons Lose yourself in ballet luminary August Bournonville's Romantic-era fairytale La Sylphide And enjoy two ballets from Tomasson's iconic mentors: George Balanchine's Symphony in C and Jerome Robbins' In the Night PRINCIPAL 7 Experience the entire Season (all seven programs) and save up to 30% on the single-ticket price. Packages start at $140. Get everything from the Principal 5 Series, plus: Join us for the world premiere of Helgi Tomasson's Harmony, his sleek and elegant The Fifth Season, and his high-spirited and exuberant Don Quixote And see Yuri Possokhov's fun and quirky Magrittomania https://www.sfballet.org/tickets/2022-season-tickets/ Choreograph You Own Package/Season option coming soon...
  2. Welcome back, Terez. If it's any consolation, I think ABT is in pretty much the same situation - looking for an A.D. and Executive Director. But there's a lot of that going on. Due to the pandemic quarantines, a lot of apprentices have been retained for another year, because they were never really able to train with the companies as they normally would. That's happening with pretty much all the big companies. So I think the 4 new SFB apprentices are joining the ones that are staying on. But I haven't seen a final listing of names. One of the 2020 trainees decided to move on anyway.
  3. Recent Alastair Macaulay posting with b&w photos: "How fascinating it is to study photographs of Alicia Markova’s Odile in the 1934 Vic-Wells Ballet production of “Le Lac des cygnes” (“Swan Lake”). The role is transformed by the bright - golden? - tutu she wore. It cannot be said too often that Odile was not dressed in black by any company until the 1940s: a stupid coarsening of a subtle role, as if labelling her with Evil round her neck..." https://www.instagram.com/p/CR9msRzI1tg/
  4. Thanks for all that info, Quiggin. 7 minutes is a generous amount of footage. If you ever find the complete footage online, definitely let us know.
  5. A new Chinese documentary on Yuan Yuan Tan (filmed during the quarantine) with curious subtitles and some audio in English: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTE4NjE0MzQyMA==.html?spm=a2h0c.8166622.PhoneSokuProgramSeries_2.dposter_1&s=adfbaa0c12dc44ee8552 I believe this is part of a larger series on Chinese artists and musicians. It does look to be pay-for-view once the viewer gets a certain distance into the documentary, so sorry about that.
  6. I've always wondered what happened to the rest of the Cotillon footage - all we ever see are some brief shots, played back at the wrong frame speed. Film cameras were heavy and cumbersome in that era, so I can't believe someone was running about taking "snapshots" with the film camera. There had to have been a long sequence of the ballet filmed, originally. Perhaps now in someone's attic?
  7. Some of my recent postings have made me aware of a couple more potential directors: Sarah Van Patten and Ulrik Birkkjaer. Now that both dancers have gotten involved in stage project management, fund raising, school creation/organization, etc. - I'm updating the list above with their names.
  8. I'm not sure if this came up before, but La Sylphide is being staged by Ulrik Birkkjaer - good for him. I suppose that makes sense given his Bournonville expertise. Sounds like they have begun rehearsals: https://www.instagram.com/p/CRroiZQAJS3/
  9. Whip Turn Wednesday, courtesy of Frances Chung and Joan Boada(!) at Sun Valley: https://www.instagram.com/p/CR4rWUSAjrJ/
  10. Some after-performance photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CR2c9PXMnUl/ Shots of Jahna Frantziskonis (still dancing!): https://www.instagram.com/p/CR2MIuYAOtz/ And more pics coming from Thamires Chuvas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CR1fN_hAp93/ After show message from SVP: https://www.instagram.com/p/CR7SJtZsJSM/
  11. Look who else is pregnant: https://www.instagram.com/p/CR0NBQoAUqm/ Congratulations to Lauren and Joe.
  12. Swan Lake: Cancelled - University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Dance, with the help of Garen Scribner and choreographer Danielle Rowe, created a humorous short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKbci8nv_Xk
  13. Here are some fun photos and descriptions from Tahoe Dance Camp participants... Frances Chung "...Perhaps you don’t see all the logistics that had to be figured out, the tears shed by babies and adults alike, and the frustration and worry still of the unknown, however, one cannot deny these are the experiences that shape and form us as humans. When I step on stage tomorrow I hope for it to be an expression of all things learned in life and dance in the last two years. I hope time stands still. To all the dancers I get to share the stage with: we have nothing to lose and everything to gain https://www.instagram.com/p/CRr7Jm2AWxH/ Joseph Walsh "A year and some change ago, something extremely special happened in the midst of a time that felt like nothing good could happen. Sarah Van Patten called a zoom with some buds after one of the numerous @sfballet zooms in which we struggled to find some way to dance again. With almost no hope, I joined the call just to keep busy. Little did I know what would come from that first brainstorm. Sarah invited myself and 14 or so others to stay at her place in Tahoe (I shared a bunk bed room with @babatunji @lukeingham @garenscribner and @vallady … it was epic). We all tested and yada yada yada… you know how these protocols go, and were able to live together for weeks and just create. We created with absolutely no pressure, among friends (and lots of babies). I learned so much from this experience, not just as an artist, but as a collaborator, dance maker, artistic coordinator, editor, wardrobe assistant, and most of all baby sitter." https://www.instagram.com/p/CRp10P7gJMu/
  14. Yuan Yuan Tan has been joint choreographer and artistic director for "Magical Night at the Art Museum" - staged at Shanghai Oriental Art Center. https://www.shine.cn/feature/entertainment/2107242502/
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