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  1. Announced by SFB on Instagram today: 'We are saddened to learn of the recent death of Damara Bennett, a former dancer with San Francisco Ballet and teacher at SF Ballet School. Damara Bennett joined SF Ballet in 1971 after training at with Lila Zali in Laguna Beach and on a Ford Foundation Scholarship at @sab_nyc. “She was a wonderful, versatile dancer with a strong dramatic presence,” says Anita Paciotti. “How could those wonderfully arched feet also be so strong? She was also a brilliant comedian, on stage and off. She kept the company laughing.” In 1974, when SF Ballet faced bankru
  2. Coincidentally, Medici.TV has a film of NYCB performing Nutcracker with Megan Fairchild and Joaquin De Luz... Megan Fairchild | The Sugarplum Fairy Joaquin De Luz | Herr Cavalier Adam Hendrickson | Herr Drosselmeier Colby Clark | Herr Drosselmeier's Nephew Ask LaCour | Dr. Stahlbaum Gwyneth Muller | Frau Stahlbaum Fiona Brennan | Marie/The Little Princess Maximillian Brooking Landegger | Fritz Ashley Bouder | Dewdrop Fairy Teresa Reichlen | Coffee Daniel Ulbricht | Candy Cane Tiler Peck | Marzipan Shepherdess Antoni
  3. In addition to online digital offerings, City Ballet of San Diego is offering the following live Nutcracker performances: THE NUTCRACKER Live On Stage at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Part of the Concerts in Your Car Series SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 5:00pm and 8:00pm City Ballet's The Nutcracker performed LIVE on stage in the round. All from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. https://www.holidaysinyourcar.com/
  4. Fairchild's latest interview - with Jock Soto - is great fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAQxNYw03G0
  5. SFB announcement with added participant list: Growing Up Nutcracker For many dancers, Nutcracker is their first exposure to ballet and to performance. On December 17, a panel including Principal Dancers Sarah Van Patten and Sasha De Sola, Soloist Elizabeth Powell, Ballet Master Tina Le Blanc, former SF Ballet dancers Ruben Martin Cintas and Gennadi Nedvigin, SF Ballet Orchestra musicians and production personnel, will discuss their personal Nutcracker histories and memories. Tickets are $15, and donors and subscribers get these programs for a reduced rate or for free! htt
  6. Angelica, it's best to just provide a pertinent quote and then link to the official posting. From the forum guidelines: "To keep us in copyright compliance, limit quotes from articles/reviews/books to a maximum of 250 words or, for short articles, a small snippet." This is the direct link to the press release (a PDF file): https://www.arballet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ARB-Names-New-Artistic-Director.pdf
  7. Angelo Greco and Misa Kuranaga finally back to rehearsing together: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHyzAl0Hcfq/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CH1KzNpnrqc/
  8. From today's e-mail from SFB: SF Ballet School Students Are Back! Advanced SF Ballet School students have moved into the brand-new Bowes Center dormitory and are taking in-person technique classes. Learn how we've made it all happen, from the school faculty, to parents and students, and to the city of San Francisco.
  9. SFB announcement: Drive-in NutcrackerAnother first for SF Ballet: In partnership with The Lark Theater in Marin, we're planning an evening unlike any other—a drive-in movie showing of Nutcracker. At last, a festive, and safe seasonal treat for all on Sun, Nov 22 (gates open at 5:30 pm PST).
  10. This was a one-off? Or are these performances archived somewhere?
  11. This is a fascinating travelogue: Diary of an American in Finland, Doing ‘Essential’ Work in Ballet The author didn’t know when she’d be able to work again in America. So she was thrilled to go to Helsinki to help stage a new “Jekyll & Hyde.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/arts/dance/finnish-national-ballet-jekyll-and-hyde.html My favorite line: “We’re Finns — we like social distancing”
  12. From an e-mail sent earlier today by Jacob's Pillow: Dear Pillow family and friends, With great sadness, we must inform you that there was a fire on the Jacob's Pillow campus this morning in Becket. Firefighters arrived around 7 a.m. and remained on campus until midday. While the entire Doris Duke Theatre has been lost, the fire did not spread to any of the other buildings on the Jacob's Pillow grounds. No one was injured in the incident. A cause has not yet been determined. Our staff are working closely with local officials on next steps... https://www.jacobspillow.org/
  13. Rehearsal photo of Tomasson with Nikisha Fogo and Julian MacKay: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHqwCmaD2Vn/
  14. Seems like the perfect opportunity to vaccinate all those people against Covid-19 with their vaunted Sputnik V vaccine - after all they're going to be waiting in line anyway.
  15. Mentioned by the Fjord Review - the School of American Ballet's Ballet Connoisseurship program: 'SAB’s Ballet Connoisseurship is an educational offering for adults providing seasoned ballet goers, patrons, students, scholars, and newcomers alike with knowledge and perspectives that will enhance their appreciation of ballet. Ballet Connoisseurship was launched in January 2019 as part of our new “SAB Open” division and featured seminars exploring ballet history, technique, and choreographic masters. In spring 2020, we transitioned all of our courses to an online format and look forward to c
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