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  1. There's a new entity titled the Tahoe Dance Camp, which is (of course) looking for funding to support yearly activities. SFB's Sarah Van Patten is the driving force behind this camp - she lives in the Lake Tahoe area for a portion of the year, and that was where she disappeared to for both her pregnancy leaves. "Tahoe Dance Camp was conceived by Sarah Van Patten in the spring of 2020 while sheltering in place at her home in North Lake Tahoe during the Covid-19 pandemic..." "...Classical Tahoe has graciously extended their venue for our use this season for a single evening performance. Scheduled for July 24th, it will provide a great introduction of Tahoe Dance Camp to the North Lake Tahoe area. I am thrilled to offer a program that showcases the highest level of San Francisco Bay Area dancers, world renowned choreographers, and phenomenal musicians." https://www.tahoedancecamp.com/ Staff/Performers Sarah Van Patten, Creator of Tahoe Dance Camp Frances Chung Alton Allen, Sound and Music Designer Ulrik Birkkjaer Charmaine Butcher Frances Chung Adji Cissoko Shuaib Elhassan Jahna Frantziskonis Jim French, Lighting Designer Anatalia Hordov Luke Ingham Babtunji Johnson Harriet Jung and Reid Bartelme, Costume Designers Alonzo King, Choreographer Elizabeth Mateer Benjamin Millepied, Choreographer Nathaniel Remez Alexander Reneff-Olson Valentina Reneff-Olson Justin Peck, Choreographer Dwight Roden, Choreographer Danielle Rowe Garen Scribner, Producer Andrea Schermoly, Choreographer John-Paul Simoens Jennifer Stahl Helgi Tomasson, Choreographer Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Christoper Wheeldon, Choreographer Clifford Williams WanTing Zhao Fundraising URL: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/tahoe-dance-camp
  2. Don't forget to watch Swan Lake - the final program of the 2021 digital season. The digital stream is available through June 9. Odette-Odile: Yuan Yuan Tan Prince Siegfried: Tiit Helimets Von Rothbart: Alexander Reneff-Olson Pas de Trois: Dores André, Taras Domitro, Sasha De Sola https://www.sfballet.org/productions/digital-program-07/
  3. Natasha Sheehan's graduation photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPQ9CL6jmwO/
  4. pherank

    Sarah Lane

    I mentioned this in the ABT thread [ https://balletalert.invisionzone.com/topic/46271-sarah-lanes-departure-from-abt/?tab=comments#comment-433415 ] but it's just so hard to know how someone will fit into a new company. I'm not yet convinced that Lane would be a good match for SFB's repertoire, or culture, but who really knows? Being able to dance in one of the Giselle casts isn't enough of a reason to join a company - she could do that as a guest. But that wouldn't give her more than 1 or 2 performances. Presumably she looks good in Ratmansky ballets, that would be a plus. How does she do in contemporary works by people like Mark Morris, Forsythe, Justin Peck, Chris Wheeldon, Trey McIntyre? (I would have listed Scarlett but I don't know what's going to happen with his repertoire now.) Does she enjoy creating new works? Dancers without contemporary ballet abilities don't have much of a career at SFB. Regardless of how poorly it was handled by Lane - if there were actual incidents of ABT staff taking bribes (essentially) - that would be a huge problem.
  5. It's that guest performance time of the year - Nikisha Fogo and Julian MacKay, Misa Kuranaga and Angelo Greco have all been performing. Sasha De Sola and Aaron Robison are going to be performing the Diamonds PDD at Ballet Sun Valley this July: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPa-VqWjML-/
  6. Switching companies - it's so hard to know how this will go. Sometimes the interpersonal chemistry is just right, and sometimes it's not (and mostly it's a mixed bag). And then there's all the issues around repertoire and scheduling that vary from company to company. Simone Messmer and Ana Sophia Scheller both gave SFB a try, and didn't find what they were looking for. I think the issue with Messmer was chemistry with other people. Scheller just seemed to have been very impulsive in coming to SFB, since as things turned out, what she really wanted was to dance a classical repertoire, have a more relaxed schedule, and be treated as a prima ballerina. Misa Kuranaga couldn't be happier about the change to SFB, but she also found her soul-mate partner in Angelo Greco, and her favorite instructor/coach (Larissa Ponomarenko) is now with SFB. Obviously a lot of different things can go into making something work, or fail. Lauren Strongin didn't really want to follow husband Joe Walsh over from Houston Ballet, but when she finally made the change, she was happy with the SFB environment (fortunately). It's really hard to say if Lane is really a "SFB person" - personality-wise. But in any case, leads roles are always shared among the principals at SFB. No one dancer is guaranteed all the opening night/1st cast performances.
  7. Mathilde Froustey eulogizes Fracci: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPX9RINBLpa/
  8. Now available on YouTube: Pointes of View: Helgi Tomasson, Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helmets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFjtaXSIdK4 We get to hear about how Tomasson decided upon the programming of his last season (and why the season needed to be shorter than he desired). Worth a listen. And apparently Jennie Scholick is now Director of Education and Training at SFB, so congratulations to her.
  9. And there's no shame in breaking up a complicated sentence into multiple, simple sentences if there's more than one idea at work. Arthurs "style" in this particular sentence just strikes me as conversational English, which often deviates from the rules of "Standard Written English". But the article isn't actually full of these deviations (and free-form thoughts) that one might expect from conversation. So it's not the overall 'style' of the piece, and that is one reason I was tripped up by that particular sentence. That and the fact that it doesn't appear to follow Standard Written English rules (whether or not one cares about that is a whole other thing). But, enough about that.
  10. And overall, I agree. 😉 The Fjord Review writers are some of the better writers on dance - whether or not I happen to agree with an individual writer's take on a performance/event. I appreciate anyone willing to get into the details of a performance.
  11. Great to hear from you, Nanushka. To me, this isn't a style issue, but rather, an issue with the grammar and semantics of that particular sentence. The core of the sentence (as written by Arthurs) is: The heels made me (less) nervous [the other parts acting as modifiers of the sentence core]. She adds "on the marble floors" to point to her real concern. But Arthurs isn't feeling nervous on the marble floors - instead she's gets a nervous feeling watching the dancers perform on a slick marble floor. I can figure that out, but it's about me having to sort through the sentence and get to her probable meaning and intention. It's not a well-written English sentence. End of rant. 😉
  12. A Critical Failure Sofia Coppola directs New York City Ballet's Spring Gala film https://fjordreview.com/new-york-city-ballet-gala/ The title, "A Critical Failure", may seem an odd one. I think it is meant as a reference to this situation: "this is what reviewing dance in the pandemic has become: essentially, film reviews by amateurs" Reading articles in the present day, I often find myself pining for Copy Editors. At least that is what I was thinking when I encountered this section: A duet from the opening half of Balanchine’s “Liebeslieder Walzer,” set on the grand promenade of the theater, was lovely. It starred the imminently retiring principals Maria Kowroski and Ask La Cour—a towering couple who appeared, alongside the Nadelman sculpture pairs at either end of the space, to be at a Viennese ball for the gods. And the dancers’ soft heels made me less nervous on the marble floors than the slippery pointe shoes had in "When We Fell" earlier in the season. The phrase "imminently retiring" sounds a little funny, but I won't say that it is ungrammatical. However, in this context, heels (and pointe shoes) cannot literally make Faye Arthurs less or more nervous on marble floors. In Grammar Land, I think the issues with this sentence would fall under the rubric, "Predication and Sentence Organization Problems". Assuming that the sentence implies the verb "feel" ("made me FEEL less nervous"), there is still some missing information that shouldn't simply be left to the reader to fill in: WATCHING the dancers perform in soft heels made me (FEEL) less nervous ABOUT the decision to perform on slippery marble floors. In the earlier film, "When We Fell", the dancers were performing in pointe shoes on this same treacherous surface... Perhaps Arthurs is assuming this information is all implied, but truthfully, we only get what the writer gives us. Can this all be written as a single sentence? Perhaps, but it's usually easier and safer to stick to one thought per sentence if the meaning is getting muddled. I guess Arthurs didn't see any problems with her own (conversational?) writing style, but that's what a good Copy Editor can provide - a distanced, critical viewpoint of the writing. The better angels of our writing nature. 😉
  13. Kim Olivier's Final Bow as organized by Lizzy Powell: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPNFXC_AI1t/
  14. Congratulations to Natasha Sheehan who is graduating from St. Mary's LEAP program. Like her friend Miko Fogarty, she seems to have powered through the program in no time. (And probably with honors.) Pandemics can be useful for this type of work. https://www.instagram.com/p/CPEszP9jPph/
  15. Posted today, May 21, 2021 - Misa Kuranaga: "Today was the last day in the studio for the 2020-2021 season @sfballet During this unique situation, we have found a new way to love and appreciate each other." https://www.instagram.com/p/CPJq6Lfn8Nk/ Natasha Sheehan: "today is the last day of the 2020/2021 @sfballet season and still trying to wrap my head around it. here’s to hoping things will feel more normal when we start back in the summer" https://www.instagram.com/p/CPJYmgWjMsL/
  16. City Ballet of San Diego I'm familiar with, but I haven't seen anything of this new company. But then maintaining a company in the midst of a pandemic has its drawbacks - like no audiences allowed. But...live performances are starting up again. City Ballet has one this Sunday, May 23rd (not in their usual performance space though).
  17. I think the cannibalization notion may well turn out to be another needless fear. Sports are televised 24-7 and fans still go to the games (and pay truly outrageous prices for seats). Once the companies figure out how to make a steady stream of income from digital releases, they won't want to loose that revenue stream. Yes, there's a lot of that going on. ;) All these presentations should get better with time. Totally agree with BalanchineFan and Cobweb. Perhaps we're not average audience members, but I just don't need endless superficial comments about Balanchine. Coaching and rehearsals are much more interesting, and to the point. One of the things I liked about The Barre Project: Blake Works II was seeing something of how Forsythe worked with the dancers (even over Zoom). Listening to a staff member reading a bunch of bio notes would not be the same.
  18. To wet your appetite, I hope you've been watching Blake Works II ... The Barre Project (Blake Works II) with Tiler Peck, Lex Ishimoto, Roman Mejia and Brooklyn Mack - available on the Sadler's Wells site until May 16. https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2021/william-forsythe-and-cli-studios-the-barre-project/
  19. Very worthwhile. I've never been a fan of WF's music choices - not really my idea of great dance music. One can count to it, I suppose, and so that's all that matters. Blake Works II looks to be all about the ability to articulate the movements at breakneck speed without devolving into blurred and rounded forms. We get still more of Tiler Peck's extraordinary precision, and aesthetic flexibility. And her incredible weightlessness. Each of the dancers do a pretty good job with this choreography, but only Peck manages to flit about like a hummingbird throughout. I like the hand dance interludes. I'm not sure why there hasn't been more of that type of thing in the ballet world. It was also good to hear about Forsythe's choreographic method/approach, and see him dancing some of his own steps. Although Tiler Peck does a better job of it. 😉 And the rehearsal footage was fun: she who keeps the counts is master.
  20. SFB Instagram post: Dancers United Against Racism San Francisco Ballet stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community in the fight against racism and pursuit of unity. Dancers from the Company created this choreographic statement, advocating for a stop on hate. https://www.instagram.com/p/COvkTxONG5_/
  21. SFB is supposedly working on something similar but has not released the details yet. The 2022 Season programming is pushing in-house ticket sales at this point. Fortunately, for the out-ot-town audience, SFB had also issued this statement on their Covid-19 Safety web page: Are you going to continue offering digital streaming of ballets and other content? "We have been thrilled by the reaction to our digital season and plan to create a digital offering that will complement a season subscriber’s in-person subscription should they not be able to attend or if they would like to have an encore digital experience." I have no clue how one gets to this page right now - I now can't find a link on the top level pages anywhere.
  22. For the record... The updated artist guests for the 2021 Exploring Ballet seminars were/are: Session 1: Exploring the Creative Process Featuring James Steichen, PhD, historian of the performing arts, and Choreographer Danielle Rowe and Choreographer and Soloist Myles Thatcher Session 2: Exploring Romeo and Juliet Featuring Simon Morrison, music historian and author, with SF Ballet Principal Dancers Mathilde Froustey and Joseph Walsh Session 3: Exploring Swan Lake Featuring Alastair Macaulay, critic and historian of the performing arts, former chief dance critic of The New York Times, along with SF Ballet Principal Dancer Jennifer Stahl and Soloist Julia Rowe
  23. pherank


    Greetings - it's always nice to have new voices join the conversation.
  24. SFB Mother's Day photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/COqCjRELySl/
  25. Sasha De Sola and Esteban Hernandez learning Tarantella from Helgi Tomasson https://www.instagram.com/p/COdvvqiDqe4/ I'm not sure where this will be performed though - perhaps Helgi is taking requests from the principals and soloists for dances that they most want to learn. A very pregnant Mathilde Froustey has made it back to France to teach a master class: https://www.instagram.com/p/COggsN1hbn8/
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