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  1. Opening night of SFB's A Midsummer Night's Dream was the entire program, as it turned out. The city of San Francisco then imposed a lockdown on all of the large venues (I think the order went out the same day that the opening occurred on). The film that you see here was actually of the 2nd cast (a fine cast though, given the "deep bench" at SFB) that was allowed a window of opportunity to gather together one last time, but without an audience present. The orchestra kind of acts as the audience - their applause can be heard at the end of the performance and it is strangely moving. EDIT: Th
  2. Here is the digital program book for A Midsummer Night's Dream - opening tonight, January 21st, at 6pm! https://www.sfballet.org/tickets/2021-season/program-book/#a-midsummer-nights-dream
  3. Don Quixote is one of the Balanchine ballets that Suzanne Farrell controls the rights to, and she presided over the 2005 revival using dancers from her own company and National Ballet of Canada. I don't think NYCB has taken this on since the 1970's. Does anyone know different?
  4. I contacted SFB Ticket Services and found out that "highlights from the gala will be available beginning January 25th". 😉
  5. Madison Keesler addressing the gala audience: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKPi7s4gaii/
  6. So I imagine all SFB digital subscribers have received today's e-mail: "Our 2021 Season launches on Thursday, and we can hardly wait! As you know, things are looking a little different this year as we switch to a Digital Season, so we wanted to give you a couple of days to familiarize yourself with our new channel, SF Ballet @ Home, and get yourself set up for our launch on Thursday. We've loaded a test video into your account at SF Ballet @ Home so you can make sure everything works and enjoy a seamless experience on Thursday. Follow these four simple steps below to get your account se
  7. Note that purchase of single program access begins January 19th, at 12pm according to the SFB website. I assume that means for Program 1 and not for any/all programs. And I'm told that viewers will be allowed 72 hours of access for their purchase, which is great.
  8. I just liked the photo (Joe Walsh and SVP)
  9. Myles Thatcher | From Scratch: Episode I "How do you make a new ballet during Covid? Choreographer Myles Thatcher shares the ups and downs of creating a new work for the #2021Season in our new series, From Scratch. In this first episode, Thatcher (also a SF Ballet Soloist) works on choreography alone in the studio, consults with costume designer Susan Roemer, and delves into the challenges of the creative process." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngldwIQsMH8
  10. What does this mean? "The Ballet, as it rums out, had concluded its investigation prematurely." But that's not the only problem spot - watch out for the periods that should be commas, and other punctuation oddities. I'm guessing someone used Optical Character Recognition software to digitize the original news article, but then no one took responsibility for cleaning up the text (or even reading it).
  11. As host, it would have helped for Fairchild to provide a quick(!) rundown of Paul Mejia's history at NYCB, so the uninitiated could be clued in. However, it's not Roman's job to be educating the world on his father's history and 1st marriage. This interview was supposed to be about Roman's career and present situation. And he's obviously not the kind of speaker or personality that is going to spend a lot of time gabbing about the years before he was born - I don't get the sense that he's a budding ballet historian. It would have been OK to skip the subject completely, but Fairchild says j
  12. Thank you for sharing your remembrances, Duffster.
  13. Marina Harss now has a column at Fjord Review: https://fjordreview.com/author/marina-harss/ And "she is currently at work on a critical biography of Alexei Ratmansky for Farrar Straus & Giroux".
  14. Very clever! I like it. I went investigating and that illusionist has created a whole slew of quickie illusion videos - check 'em out: https://www.instagram.com/zachking/ The PB Nutcracker video was enjoyable as well. Now, how many dancers get comments from the likes of Aurelie Dupont and Alexei Ratmansky on their silly video? https://www.instagram.com/p/CKHfWRVFR5G/
  15. For Buddy and other AMND experts... Having seen it previously, I can highly recommend SFB's A Midsummer Night's Dream - available for individual streaming access beginning 6pm January 21st - February 10, 2021. Single Stream Access: $29 72 hours of access to purchased programs [although I've seen another statement saying access is for 24 hours only, so I am trying to get clarification from SFB] EDIT: Single stream access begins January 19th, 12pm, and viewers will be allowed 72 hours access https://www.sfballet.org/productions/digital-program-01/ A Midsummer Night's
  16. Pointes of View lecture series Schedule: Wednesday afternoons at 2 pm PST Location: Online via Facebook and YouTube January 27, Program 1 SF Ballet’s 2021 Season is unlike any that has come before. Join SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, Executive Director Kelly Tweeddale and choreographers Myles Thatcher and Danielle Rowe to hear how they pivoted to create this year’s digital season. February 17, Program 2 SF Ballet’s 2021 Visiting Scholar, Nyama McCarthy-Brown, shares her research. March 10, Program 3 SF Ballet’s 202
  17. Misa Kuranaga took a photo of the dinner offerings all neatly packaged on arrival (4th photo in sequence): https://www.instagram.com/p/CKFV_TeHzla/
  18. Vanessa Zahorian, Davit Karapetyan and daughter Isabella took part in the gala celebration (there's a shot of Helgi in a Zoom window on their laptop): https://www.instagram.com/p/CKE0zs9AyMU/
  19. Big donors outside the Bay Area were also part of the food arrangements (using local sources). Although I bet deliveries came when they came and people just dealt with it. I imagine it felt like a truly enormous conference call, or "party line" as it was called in the old days of telephony.
  20. And here's the gala host in all her glory: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKC6dPKnhcr/
  21. Gala mood - provided by Misa and Angelo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKC4LOTnWj-/
  22. PeggyR I do get your concerns. It can't have been easy for SFB staff to plan how to pull this digital gala off - with the virtual food sharing and "mingling" with SFB artists and staff. It remains to be seen whether this model will work. I hope we get to hear from one or more attendees. Presumably, SFB needed a way to provide the big donors something exclusive (and worthy of a larger donation). The event being "sold out" probably means they are using the same yardstick as before of table seats sold and applying it virtually this year. There's always been a certain number of seats availabl
  23. Misa Kuranaga says filming of Emeralds begins next week - looks like she will be in the cast: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ9mbWIng28/
  24. Cuomo Outlines Plans to ‘Bring Arts and Culture Back to Life’ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that New York urgently needs to bring the arts back — not only to help jobless artists, but to make sure that New York City survives. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/arts/cuomo-art-culture-plan.html
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