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  1. 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/
  2. 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."
  3. Thanks for posting this, California. I too was waiting to see the e-mail reminder, but I've received nothing yet.
  4. 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/
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Yeah, it's a shame - things remain in flux.
  8. 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
  9. 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."
  10. 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. 😉
  11. 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.
  12. They really should keep to a rotating host schedule. Adds an element of the unexpected.
  13. City Ballet is live once again - here's the 2021 - 2022 performance list: https://cityballet.org/performances/
  14. I see on PBS that Misty Copeland is hosting the Met's opener, commemorating 9/11. It's free streaming on TV. 😉
  15. Nutcraker Labor Day Sale "One year past its intended Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre debut, Atlanta Ballet will make its long-anticipated return to the theatre stage to present Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker. Described as “one of the most entertaining [Nutcrackers] out there” by The Washington Post following the Company’s 2019 Washington D.C. debut at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, this innovative production features larger-than-life sets and bold costumes enhanced by striking video projections, created by a world-class creative team that includes Tony Award-winning and -nominated designers. As one of the top major performing arts facilities in the metro Atlanta Area, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is the perfect fit for this ultra-high-tech production." https://www.atlantaballet.com/performances/nutcracker?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_9_6_21_NUT_LABOR_DAY_SALE)
  16. pherank

    Maria Kochetkova

    I think she's just referring back to her illness period and not saying that she's sick again.
  17. Frances Chung's photos from the main event: "Honored to be performing with these superheroes. Fueled by electrolyte powder, b12 vials and ibuprofen🥳" sashadesola: "And poke bowls! " https://www.instagram.com/p/CTZ2kdro8FN/ Sasha's photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTZ7EK3jOcV/ Ulrik just posted what looks to be a trailer featuring the dancers in costume - and in the roles specific to this event: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTXSkXcqnUJ/ He also had a photo of the team taking bows here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTWRULwoSyS/
  18. Exactly, so I always end up using the little binoculars sparingly.
  19. I take my glasses off to look through opera glasses - it's not really possible to combine glasses and a binocular/opera glasses. If you're sitting up close in the orchestra section, your distance glasses should be fine. But obviously from dress circle/balcony distance the opera glasses/binoculars are going to get you a closeup view that your regular eye glasses can't match. The problem with a lot of opera glasses and binoculars is that they don't have a wide field of view - they're great for looking at a PDD, but not for taking in the entire stage.
  20. Here's a nice Instagram post from Ulrik Birkkjaer: This week im performing in Copenhagen with my insanely talented colleagues from San Francisco Ballet. I joined the company 4 years ago to be able to work with great ballerinas and here we are. ☺️ This week I get to dance 5 performances with Sarah Van Patten who I looked up to many moons ago. Dreams come true if you work in the direction of your gut. (you might have to create a dance festival to make it all happen 😜) Thank you to all the ballerinas and of course to Thomas Mieth my co-everything for København Danser. Lets start this festival off right. See you in the theater for some serious dancing 💃🏽 🤗 https://www.instagram.com/p/CTMLP_DgTG2/
  21. A bit of rehearsal footage form Copenhagen with Ulrik Birkkjaer and Sarah Van Patten: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTNYHBop1fH/ And Misa Kuranaga and Taras Domitro: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTNVZvlJJc5/
  22. Sasha De Sola and her lovely fouettés: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTIsOqZpmva/
  23. So you must be seeing the Serenade, Glass Pieces and Pulcinella Variations program - now that is an interesting mix of very different ballets. Should be great. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get to see top casts. Please let us know of your impressions.
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