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  1. More free steaming from San Francisco Symphony on the SFSymphony+ platform: https://www.sfsymphonyplus.org I like the Jean Yves-Thibaudet program and the modern koto/flute piece, titled "Rainbow": https://www.sfsymphonyplus.org/niji-rainbow/videos/niji-rainbow The video production quality on these freebies remains high.
  2. I see the San Francisco Ballet has made the strategic decision to...do nothing. Which doesn't seem very strategic. Why not create a pre-recorded video of a rehearsal or ballet creation, at the very least? It's public relations, people. The Mariinsky Ballet is at least taking this all seriously - they've lined up a series of videos to watch leading up to WBD: Mariinsky Ballet Morning Class at the Historic Stage (Teatralnaya Sq 1, Saint Petersburg, Russia) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEK38SoI_bs Ballet future: public talk with Mariinsky aspiring dancers (presented and moderated by Yuri Fateev) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW8WQY3yzQQ Mariinsky Ballet Stars (Diana Vishneva, Victoria Tereshkina, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Kimin Kim) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiVcZafQO_I
  3. BALLET INSIGHTS This year San Francisco Ballet’s Audience Engagement program Ballet Insights examines a small selection of 20th Century Greats. We take an in-depth look into famous innovators and star artists and ask who they are, why they are celebrated (or not), and what contributions they made to dance and ballet. Join us for one or all three sessions of Ballet Insights which includes a lecture followed by a panel discussion. All sessions are on zoom and end with Q&A so you will have a chance to ask your questions. Session 1, October 17: Great Pop Stars of Ballet: Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov Panelists include SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, Ballet Master & Assistant to the Artistic Director Ricardo Bustamante, and former SFB Principal Dancer Karin Averty Lecture by Dance Educator Claire Sheridan Session 2, October 24: Who gets to be great? Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth Page, Josephine Baker, and other pioneering artists who met obstacles related to gender and race. Panelists include Dance Historian and Author Lynn Garafola, Dance Researcher on Equity and Diversity in Ballet Brandye Lee, and Choreographer Claudia Schreier. Lecture by Dance Historian and Author Jennifer Fisher Session 3, October 31: Great American ballet dancer and teacher: Arthur Mitchell and his legacy Panelists include Dance Theatre of Harlem's Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and former Resident Choreographer and Principal Dancer Robert Garland. Lecture by Dance Historian and Author James Steichen Look for the orange "Buy Tickets" button on this page: https://www.sfballet.org/productions/ballet-insights/
  4. Helgi Tomasson will be presented with the San Francisco Arts Medallion Thursday, Oct. 21 at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVB7m3arLBF/ "The event celebrating Tomasson will feature performances of three of Tomasson’s works by SF Ballet and music by SF Ballet Orchestra; proceeds will go toward the preservation and educational programs at MP+D."
  5. Thanks for posting this, California. I too was waiting to see the e-mail reminder, but I've received nothing yet.
  6. Madison Keesler's photos from the recent Buena Vista Winery fundraising event for SFB - present are Julian MacKay, Nikisha Fogo, Madison Keesler and Ben Freemantle: https://www.instagram.com/p/CU0nSn0vvay/
  7. That is very much the crux of the matter with new choreography - even a B level ballet can be quite entertaining to view if it focuses specifically on the strengths (and personalities) of the participating dancers. A ballet that ignores the attributes of the company isn't likely to impress.
  8. I was looking online to see if Lauren Strongin has given birth yet (it must be any day now). There's no update yet aside from this post from husband Joe Walsh: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUDi8e1vKXd/ But I noticed that Strongin's IG page now states "Stanford University 2023". I was assuming that she was working on a post-graduate degree but apparently she actually transferred from City College San Francisco. She was in the LEAP program at St. Mary’s College too as far as I know. Strongin is an undergraduate in Anthropology but may be trying to get into Medicine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlzvQHzGppM
  9. Yeah, it's a shame - things remain in flux.
  10. From the New York Times: After a Choreographer’s Suicide, Ballet Confronts Tough Questions Liam Scarlett killed himself after he was accused of misconduct. Now the dance world is grappling with the aftermath. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/24/arts/dance/Liam-Scarlett-suicide-ballet.html
  11. PNB A.D. Peter Boal on working with Helgi Tomasson: In Service to Others, In Service to the Art Form https://www.sfballet.org/in-service-to-others-in-service-to-the-art-form/ "Peter Boal was an SAB student when Tomasson choreographed Giuliani: Variations on a Theme, then joined New York City Ballet in time to dance [Tomasson's] Ballet d’Isoline and Menuetto with the company."
  12. How I JOINED the MARIINSKY BALLET (Maria Khoreva) part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0S_nGCQ_Jk Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-gi4jS-Z6I Khoreva's conversational English is excellent. She's ready to be a diplomat. 😉
  13. Fun and interesting, thanks. I like the little look he gives during the "Bolshoi Male" bows. The "Bow to Tokyo Audiences" with all the hand waving instantly reminded me of the YouTube drum prodigy Yoyoko, who begins and ends most videos with a wave of her drum stick. I suppose that is a thing in Japan. "Bow After Dancing Poorly" - I think we've all seen that one.
  14. They really should keep to a rotating host schedule. Adds an element of the unexpected.
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