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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
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  1. Current situation - many of the dancers wearing masks due to the bad air quality from the Butte County "Camp" fire: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqMOailjACM/ Sasha De Sola announces bilingual children's book inspired by her life: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLltCLnvD4/ Angelo Greco and Sasha De Sola for NYC Dance Project: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqNxTG3lnMa/ Group photo from the NYC City Center tour: https://www.instagram.com/p/BpuJUpxBfKM/ Chairman's Council Dinner photos - Anna Sophia Scheller, Vladislav Kozlov, Angelo Greco, Yuan Yuan Tan, and major sponsor Yurie Pascarella: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqKwpTyg8Uz/
  2. I've only sat in the "Founders Circle" and Grande Circle balcony area - on the side overhang - which is quite comfortable, and the seats are arranged in such a way that there's no issue with heads being in the way of sight. However, my seats have been located to the sides of the stage so there is that issue. I seem to recall noticing that the orchestra seating has fairly decent legroom. The Dorothy Chandler seating map for the Orchestra section shows that rows are offset to make for better viewing.
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    Fjord Review

    Announcement from the Fjord Review Staff: The Print Edition We're thrilled to announce the launch of our print magazine - out in December! The print edition will feature new dance reviews, as well as a selection of our best dance writing from the year, feature-length articles, profiles, and stunning photoshoots with some of the brightest stars of the stage. Take a peek at the campaign video below, created by animator and designer Lorenzo Spatocco. As this is a limited print run, supporting the campaign is the only way to ensure your copy. Each edition comes with free international shipping, and some lovely rewards!
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    Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    Ana Sophia Scheller in Sleeping Beauty (from the 2017 season) https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp97boigs6J/ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp-RkMsgoc3/
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    Podcast Interviews with SFB

    The interesting point for me was the supposition that dancers with Jazz and Tap training tend to be better turners and are more fearless doing "tricks". It would be great to see a chart of major company principals that listed their early dance training, so we could confirm the correlation. ;)
  6. An Instagram post probably relating to the "stumbles": doresandre "SEE THE MUSIC, HEAR THE DANCE"- George Balanchine ... "TRY NOT FALLING"- Dores André. https://www.instagram.com/p/BpqEj_5HtZk/
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    SF Ballet 2018 Tours

    Somehow, I just knew you would pop in, Apollosmuse. ;) Thank you. The expense of bringing the full orchestra is prohibitive, I know that much.
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    SF Ballet 2018 Tours

    Thanks so much for the reports from Washington - very much appreciated. Wheeldon's ballet got mixed reviews in San Francisco (where his work is well known). Obviously not every ballet is going to work on all levels, even for the most experienced choreographers, and the choreographers were asked to take risks, which could be an invitation to disaster. Or not. 😉 I know the violinist was Cordula Merks, who is concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra (formerly of the Seattle Symphony). So presumably the SFB Orchestra was performing the scores, and not the Kennedy Center house orchestra, but if someone could confirm this (or correct me) I would appreciate it. And now for something completely different! SFB in NYC Oct. 31st - Nov. 4th at "Balanchine: The City Center Years"…
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    Maria Kochetkova

    Masha just debuted in Manon in Oslo with the Norwegian Ballet. https://www.instagram.com/p/BpcwtPyl6NT/?taken-by=balletrusse Here's a great image: "After special night last night with @yoelcarreno, @ingridlorentzen, mama and the tallest roses I’ve ever gotten"
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    Discussion of UNBOUND Reviews

    Sarah L. Kaufman has reviewed the 6 Unbound Festival works debuting at the Kennedy Center this past week: San Francisco Ballet takes the Kennedy Center stage with six bold new works https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_danc/san-francisco-ballet-takes-the-kennedy-center-stage-with-six-bold-new-works/2018/10/24/115257b4-d79c-11e8-9559-712cbf726d1c_story.html?utm_term=.8cf0f271902f Sleek modernism in the San Francisco Ballet’s new works https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_danc/sleek-modernism-in-the-san-francisco-ballets-new-works/2018/10/26/d5b8c362-d92d-11e8-9559-712cbf726d1c_story.html There have also been a couple 'print' interviews published: Interview: San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson Brings ‘Unbound’ to The Kennedy Center https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2018/10/19/interview-san-francisco-ballet-artistic-director-helgi-tomasson-brings-unbound-to-the-kennedy-center/ Choreographer Cathy Marston Talks Kennedy Center Debut With San Francisco Ballet http:// https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2018/10/19/interview-choreographer-cathy-marston-makes-her-kennedy-center-debut-with-san-francisco-ballet/ [In addition, there is an excellent hour-long interview of Helgi Tomasson available at the Conversations on Dance website (audio) and on YouTube (audio and video)]
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    Podcast Interviews with SFB

    Natasha Sheehan has been interviewed by King Ferraro and Breeden for Conversations on Dance: https://conversationsondancepod.com/2018/10/26/natasha-sheehan/ "In today’s bonus episode we are continuing our coverage of San Francisco Ballet at the Kennedy Center as they showcase 6 works from the company’s Unbound: a festival of new works. Today’s episode was recorded in April when we were in San Francisco as these works all premiered. We talk with new corps member, Natasha Sheehan about training at San Francisco Ballet School, joining the company, and her blog about healthy eating and wellness."
  12. Damian Woetzel, President of The Juilliard School Walter Isaacson sits down with Damian Woetzel to discuss how he became president of the prestigious Juilliard School. https://www.wliw.org/programs/amanpour-and-company/president-juilliard-school-damian-woetzel-bppi4a/
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    SF Ballet 2018 Tours

    Everyone sees something different. ;) Snowblind is loosely based on Edith Wharton's novella Ethan Frome. This short interview with Marston might interest you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrlWneN25jY And this one from the DC Metro: https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2018/10/19/interview-choreographer-cathy-marston-makes-her-kennedy-center-debut-with-san-francisco-ballet/ Trey McIntyre's ballet has done well with audiences and critics alike, but it obviously helps to know the story, and, like the music choices. Some of us just don't want to see ballet and pop/rock songs mixed together. Or ballet in sneakers.
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    What is "Musicality" in a Dancer?

    Perhaps it isn't so obvious (but it should be) - the best dancers and choreographers pretty much always have a great love of music. Not just one type of music they heard in high school, but music generally. Fred Astaire - I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hTLZz2hUOA
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    SF Ballet 2018 Tours

    Aaron Robison published this short video, signalling that he too was in Washington with SFB (perhaps he is there in case someone gets injured) https://www.instagram.com/p/BpXlbIZlRER/?hl=en&taken-by=aaronrobison86