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    Videos of Giselle

    I thought up this topic after reading and responding to the one on specific productions. I have only seen one live production, but I have seen many more on video. So, what do you think is the best production of Giselle captured on video? The worst? The most unique?
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    Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky

    I was wondering if anyone has this DVD, and what they think about it. It has Scheherezade, Le Spectre De La Rose, Polovtsian Dances, and Firebird. I am considering getting it, but want to make sure it'll be worth it.
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    Dream Ballet Partnerships

    Which dancers would be your ideal ballet couple onstage? Time and geography are, of course, irrelevant.
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    High extensions

    So, what do people think of dancers who can scratch their head with their toes? Do they make your spine tingle, your stomach turn, or somewhere in between? ;)
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    Which one is your favourite pas de deux?

    I'm not sure it counts as a pas de deux per se, but I do love second movement Symphony in C. Count me in on "Titania and Cavalier" as well, and I'm also fond of the Apollo pas de deux between Apollo and Terpsichore. (Yes, I do like choreographers besides Balanchine. )
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    Stern Grove 2007

    The program for SF Ballet's annual free performance at the Stern Grove Festival on Sunday, August 12, has been announced at this link. The program is Spring Rounds (Strauss/Taylor), Divertimento #15 (Mozart/Balanchine), and Elemental Brubeck (Brubeck/Lubovitch).
  7. While I'm still sorry that he left SFB, I'll be very interested to hear/read reports about how he does in NY.
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    Twins

    About 10 years ago, SF Ballet had Leah and Megan Watson.
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    Don Quixote Impressions

    If you're seeing Don Q, we'd love to hear/read your opinions of the performance!
  10. San Francisco Ballet has announced that Muriel Maffre will leave the company at the end of the upcoming season. Here is the press release: SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October, 20, 2006—San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson today announced that Principal Dancer Muriel Maffre plans to leave San Francisco Ballet following the 2007 Repertory Season, in order to pursue other interests. Maffre, who joined SF Ballet as a principal dancer in 1990, intends to remain active in the arts and culture scene in San Francisco. “Muriel is a rare and extraordinary artist who has added so much to the Company throughout her incredible tenure with San Francisco Ballet,” said Tomasson. “It has been a privilege to watch her talent develop and while we will miss her, we wish her the very best in her future endeavors.” Born in Enghein-les-Bains, France, Maffre received her ballet training from the Paris Opéra Ballet School and the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dancing, where she graduated with a Premier Prix with honors. Prior to joining San Francisco Ballet, Maffre danced with the Hamburg Ballet and Ballet de Monte Carlo. She is a Gold medalist from the 1st International Ballet Competition (Paris), and the recipient of two Isadora Duncan Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Individual Performance (for performances during San Francisco Ballet’s 1990 and 2002 Repertory Seasons). Maffre holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California. Maffre’s repertory includes leading roles in Swan Lake, La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, and Nutcracker. In addition, she has performed and created principal roles in works by many notable choreographers including Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, and Stanton Welch. She has toured extensively and made guest appearances in eminent theaters throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Russia, and South America. In 2002, Maffre received critical acclaim for her revival performance of Michel Fokine’s The Dying Swan for the Company’s Opening Night Gala. In April 2006, Muriel collaborated with U.C. Berkeley professor and conceptual artist Ken Goldberg on a solo, Ballet Mori, danced to the movement of the earth, which was presented as part of San Francisco Ballet’s season, during the San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Centennial. Most recently, Muriel created a multi-media dance and puppetry staging of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat for Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s summer season. Maffre will perform in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, and throughout the 2007 Repertory Season. For more information on Nutcracker or the 2007 Repertory Season, please visit www.sfballet.org.
  11. Here is the 2008 repertory season, from SFB's website. Program 1 Filling Station (Thomson/Christensen) Tomasson work TBA Diamonds (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine) Program 2 Divertimento #15 (Mozart/Balanchine) Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes (Thomson/Morris) Firebird (Stravinsky/Possokhov) Program 3 Giselle (Adam/Tomasson, Perrot, Coralli) Program 4 Fancy Free (Bernstein/Robbins) In the Night (Chopin/Robbins) West Side Story Suite--SFB Premiere (Bernstein/Robbins) Program 5 Carousel (A Dance) (Rodgers/Wheeldon) After the Rain PDD (Part/Wheeldon) Tomasson work TBA Eden/Eden (Reich/MacGregor Program 6: Visiting Companies A Delicate Battle--National Ballet of Canada (Bach, Bryars/Mrozewski) Duo Concertant--NYCB (Stravinsky/Balanchine) Altro Canto--Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (Monteverdi/Maillot) New Works Festival: 10 world premieres by 10 choreographers, TBA This thread is for reference only and will remain closed; however, please feel free to discuss the 2008 season in the forum below.
  12. Here is a list of promotions and new members from SFB's website. You can read the full press release here. Promotion/Level James Sofranko, Soloist New Company Members/Level Maria Kochetkova, Principal Dancer Julianne Kepley, Soloist Mateo Klemmayer, Soloist Gaetano Amico, Corps de Ballet Clara Blanco, Corps de Ballet Ludmila Campos, Corps de Ballet Charlene Cohen, Corps de Ballet Sasha De Sola, Corps de Ballet Damir Emric , Corps de Ballet Christopher Mondoux, Corps de Ballet Ashley Muangmaithong, Corps de Ballet Kendall Teague, Corps de Ballet Luke Willis, Corps de Ballet New Apprentices Owen Gaj, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company Sean Orza, San Francisco Ballet School
  13. If you're seeing Program 6 and/or Program 7, please post about it on this thread.
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    Don Quixote Impressions

    I'll start. Don Quixote, Opening Night, 28 April 2007 I wasn't sure what to expect out of Vanessa Zahorian as Kitri, but she more than delivered in this performance. I don't think I've ever seen anyone turn as fast as she did. Her fouettes earned thunderous applause from the audience, and her jumps were well executed. I never thought of her as an actress, but she hammed it up nicely, even if she was relying a bit heavily on facial expressions rather than comic timing. Davit Karapetyan made his debut as Basilio in that performance as well. He was technically flawless, and even impressive, but his acting needs a bit of work. I was expecting the world from Muriel Maffre's Mercedes, and maybe I shouldn't have been. Notwithstanding her amazingly flexible back, she seemed miscast in the role and didn't hold my attention the way she has in other ballets. That said, it was a fine performance; it's just that I've come to expect more from her. Nevertheless, she will be missed, as this was one of her last performances with SF Ballet. As Espada, Moises Martin was, again, technically perfect but dramatically a bit dull. I much preferred his brother Ruben in the same role the last time I saw Don Q. The rest of the company was a mixed bag. Hansuke Yamamoto and Pauli Magierek burned up the stage as the gypsy couple, while Frances Chung and Dores Andre as Kitri's friends couldn't seem to get in sync with each other even though they both danced beautifully. Yuan Yuan Tan and Elizabeth Miner as the Driad Queen and Cupid, respectively, were both beautiful, while the corps was mostly together in the driad scene as well as the seguidilla and fandango. Martin West conducted, and the tempi were much faster than what I was used to, especially during the Act 3 opening march. Fortunately, the dancers were able to keep up with it. I was disappointed that Tomasson cut the two bridesmaid variations, as I would have liked to see more of Andre and Chung's individual talents. Overall, however, this was a rousing finale to a slightly lackluster season at SFB.
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    Don Quixote Casting

    From SFB's website: DON QUIXOTE Opening Night 4/28/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Vanessa Zahorian Basilio: Davit Karapetyan* DON QUIXOTE Matinee 4/29/2007, 2 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Kristin Long Basilio: Gennadi Nedvigin DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/1/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Tina LeBlanc Basilio: Gonzalo Garcia DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/2/2007, 7:30 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Molly Smolen^ Basilio: Tiit Helimets* DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/3/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Vanessa Zahorian Basilio: Davit Karapetyan DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/4/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Kristin Long Basilio: Gennadi Nedvigin DON QUIXOTE Matinee 5/5/2007, 2 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Molly Smolen Basilio: Tiit Helimets DON QUIXOTE Evening 5/5/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Tina LeBlanc Basilio: Gonzalo Garcia DON QUIXOTE Matinee 5/6/2007, 2 PM Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Vanessa Zahorian Basilio: Davit Karapetyan * Designates premiere in a role. Casting subject to change.
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    In SF for programs 6-7

    I will be at the evening performance on the 21st.
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    Program 6 & 7 Casting

    Casting is up for Programs 6 and 7. PROGRAM 6 Opening Night 4/4/2007, 7:30 PM NIGHT Conductor: Gary Sheldon Tina LeBlanc, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION ON COMMON GROUND Conductor: Martin West Cello: David Kadarauch Lorena Feijoo*, Davit Karapetyan* Tina LeBlanc*, Joan Boada* INTERMISSION RODEO Conductor: Martin West Cowgirl: Kristin Long Wrangler: Ruben Martin Roper: Rory Hohenstein Rancher’s Daughter: Pauli Magierek PROGRAM 6 Evening 4/5/2007, 8 PM NIGHT Conductor: Gary Sheldon Tina LeBlanc, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION ON COMMON GROUND Conductor: Martin West Cello: David Kadarauch Sarah Van Patten*, Tiit Helimets* Molly Smolen*, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION RODEO Conductor: Martin West Cowgirl: Tina LeBlanc Wrangler: Aaron Orza* Roper: Garrett Anderson Rancher’s Daughter: Alexandra Meyer-Lorey
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    Program 6 & 7 Casting

    Even more: PROGRAM 6 Evening 4/13/2007, 8 PM NIGHT Conductor: Gary Sheldon Tina LeBlanc, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION ON COMMON GROUND Conductor: Martin West Cello: David Kadarauch Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets Molly Smolen, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION RODEO Conductor: Martin West Cowgirl: Kristin Long Wrangler: Aaron Orza Roper: Matthew Stewart Rancher’s Daughter: Pauli Magierek PROGRAM 7 Matinee 4/14/2007, 2 PM ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Rory Hohenstein Elizabeth Miner, James Sofranko* INTERMISSION CONCORDIA Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Pascal Molat Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets INTERMISSION SYMPHONY IN C Conductor: Martin West 1st Movement: Tina LeBlanc, Davit Karapetyan 2nd Movement: Sarah Van Patten*, Moises Martin* 3rd Movement: Frances Chung*, Nicolas Blanc* 4th Movement: Elizabeth Miner, Hansuke Yamamoto PROGRAM 7 Evening 4/14/2007, 8 PM ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Gonzalo Garcia Katita Waldo, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION CONCORDIA Conductor: Martin West Kristin Long, Gennadi Nedvigin Muriel Maffre, Pierre-François Vilanoba INTERMISSION SYMPHONY IN C Conductor: Martin West 1st Movement: Vanessa Zahorian, Gonzalo Garcia 2nd Movement: Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets 3rd Movement: Molly Smolen, Pascal Molat 4th Movement: Frances Chung*, Garrett Anderson* PROGRAM 6 Matinee 4/15/2007, 2 PM NIGHT Conductor: Gary Sheldon Vanessa Zahorian, Tiit Helimets INTERMISSION ON COMMON GROUND Conductor: Martin West Cello: David Kadarauch Lorena Feijoo, Davit Karapetyan Tina LeBlanc, Joan Boada INTERMISSION RODEO Conductor: Martin West Cowgirl: Sarah Van Patten Wrangler: Brett Bauer* Roper: Garrett Anderson Rancher’s Daughter: Pauli Magierek
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    Program 6 & 7 Casting

    More from SFB's website: PROGRAM 7 Opening Night 4/11/2007, 7:30 PM ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Gonzalo Garcia Katita Waldo, Ruben Martin* INTERMISSION CONCORDIA Conductor: Martin West Kristin Long*, Gennadi Nedvigin* Muriel Maffre*, Pierre-François Vilanoba* INTERMISSION SYMPHONY IN C Conductor: Martin West 1st Movement: Vanessa Zahorian*, Gonzalo Garcia 2nd Movement: Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets* 3rd Movement: Molly Smolen*, Pascal Molat* 4th Movement: Sarah Van Patten*, Hansuke Yamamoto* PROGRAM 7 Evening 4/12/2007, 8 PM ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Rory Hohenstein Katita Waldo, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION CONCORDIA Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian*, Pascal Molat* Sarah Van Patten*, Tiit Helimets* INTERMISSION SYMPHONY IN C Conductor: Martin West 1st Movement: Tina LeBlanc, Davit Karapetyan* 2nd Movement: Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets 3rd Movement: Kristin Long, Gennadi Nedvigin 4th Movement: Elizabeth Miner*, Hansuke Yamamoto * Designates premiere in a role. Casting subject to change.
  20. Please share your opinions of Programs 4 and 5 on this thread.
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    Dance centre in central Paris ?

    Thank you, Helene. JoannaA, you're more than welcome to post about ballets you've been seeing on this site, but Ballet Talk For Dancers is indeed a better place for your inquiry. I'm closing this thread.
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    SF Ballet website

    I'm both surprised and not surprised. Surprised it happened now, mid-season (Tomasson usually waits until later in the season to promote people), but not surprised that it happened to these two, who've been doing a lot of principal roles lately. It will be interesting to see how they develop in their careers.
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    Casting From Hell

    Someone mentioned this as a possible topic, and, me being an evil, evil BalletAlertnik, I thought I'd open this can of worms. Is there a dancer or dancers that you've seen that were completely miscast? Or a piece of casting that you haven't seen and are richer for not having had the experience? PS: As per Alexandra's suggestion, I amended my proposal a bit, so as not to invite catty remarks or flame wars.
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    Program 4 & 5 Casting

    Even more casting: PROGRAM 5 Evening 3/20/2007, 8 PM PACIFIC Piano: Roy Bogas Violin: Roy Malan Cello: David Kadarauch Nicolas Blanc, Tina LeBlanc Garrett Anderson, James Sofranko, Steven Norman Elana Altman*, Courtney Elizabeth, Brooke Taylor Moore, Maureen Choi -Pause- CAROUSEL (A DANCE) Conductor: Martin West Sarah Van Patten, Pierre-François Vilanoba INTERMISSION THE FIFTH SEASON Conductor: Martin West Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets Katita Waldo, Gonzalo Garcia Rachel Viselli, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION FANCY FREE Conductor: Martin West Benjamin Stewart, Rory Hohenstein, Ruben Martin Sarah Van Patten Courtney Elizabeth, Mariellen Olson PROGRAM 5 Evening 3/21/2007, 7:30 PM PACIFIC Piano: Roy Bogas Violin: Roy Malan Cello: David Kadarauch Gennadi Nedvigin, Frances Chung David Arce, Jaime Garcia Castilla*, Rory Hohenstein* Katita Waldo, Sarah Van Patten*, Dana Genshaft*, Vanessa Zahorian* -Pause- CAROUSEL (A DANCE) Conductor: Martin West Dana Genshaft, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION THE FIFTH SEASON Conductor: Martin West Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun, Pierre-François Vilanoba Lorena Feijoo, Davit Karapetyan Rachel Viselli, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION FANCY FREE Conductor: Martin West Benjamin Stewart, Rory Hohenstein, Ruben Martin Sarah Van Patten Courtney Elizabeth, Mariellen Olson PROGRAM 4 Evening 3/22/2007, 8 PM SPRING ROUNDS Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Garrett Anderson INTERMISSION CHI-LIN Conductor: Martin West Violin: Roy Malan Piccolo: Julie Mackenzie Dragon: Davit Karapetyan Tortoise: Pierre-François Vilanoba Phoenix: Nicolas Blanc Chi-Lin: Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun* INTERMISSION EDEN/EDEN Conductor: Gary Sheldon Yuan Yuan Tan*, Tiit Helimets* Pascal Molat, Dana Genshaft Rory Hohenstein, Katita Waldo Jaime Garcia Castilla, Hayley Farr, Moises Martin PROGRAM 5 Evening 3/23/2007, 8 PM PACIFIC Piano: Roy Bogas Violin: Roy Malan Cello: David Kadarauch Gennadi Nedvigin, Tina LeBlanc David Arce, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Rory Hohenstein Elana Altman, Courtney Elizabeth, Dana Genshaft, Vanessa Zahorian CAROUSEL (A DANCE) Conductor: Martin West Sarah Van Patten, Pierre-François Vilanoba INTERMISSION THE FIFTH SEASON Conductor: Martin West Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets Katita Waldo, Gonzalo Garcia Sarah Van Patten, Pierre-François Vilanoba INTERMISSION FANCY FREE Conductor: Martin West Pascal Molat, Garrett Anderson, Gonzalo Garcia Vanessa Zahorian Erin McNulty, Elana Altman PROGRAM 4 Matinee 3/24/2007, 2 PM SPRING ROUNDS Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Garrett Anderson INTERMISSION CHI-LIN Conductor: Martin West Violin: Roy Malan Piccolo: Julie Mackenzie Dragon: Davit Karapetyan Tortoise: Pierre-François Vilanoba Phoenix: Jaime Garcia Castilla Chi-Lin: Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun INTERMISSION EDEN/EDEN Conductor : Gary Sheldon Muriel Maffre, Gonzalo Garcia Pascal Molat, Dana Genshaft Rory Hohenstein, Katita Waldo James Sofranko*, Margaret Karl*, Moises Martin PROGRAM 4 Evening 3/24/2007, 8 PM SPRING ROUNDS Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Garrett Anderson INTERMISSION CHI-LIN Conductor: Martin West Violin: Roy Malan Piccolo: Julie Mackenzie Dragon: Pierre-François Vilanoba Tortoise: Tiit Helimets Phoenix: Hansuke Yamamoto Chi-Lin: Yuan Yuan Tan INTERMISSION EDEN/EDEN Conductor: Gary Sheldon Muriel Maffre, Gonzalo Garcia Pascal Molat, Dana Genshaft Rory Hohenstein, Katita Waldo Jaime Garcia Castilla, Hayley Farr, Moises Martin PROGRAM 5 Matinee 3/25/2007, 2 PM PACIFIC Piano: Roy Bogas Violin: Roy Malan Cello: David Kadarauch Garrett Anderson*, Frances Chung Ruben Martin, James Sofranko, Steven Norman Katita Waldo, Sarah Van Patten, Dana Genshaft, Vanessa Zahorian -Pause- CAROUSEL (A DANCE) Conductor: Martin West Dores Andre, Joan Boada INTERMISSION THE FIFTH SEASON Conductor: Martin West Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun, Pierre-François Vilanoba Lorena Feijoo, Davit Karapetyan Rachel Viselli, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION FANCY FREE Conductor: Martin West Matthew Stewart, James Sofranko, Davit Karapetyan Pauli Magierek* Danielle Santos*, Mariellen Olson * Designates premiere in a role. Casting subject to change.
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    Program 4 & 5 Casting

    Casting, from SFB's website: PROGRAM 4 Opening Night 3/13/2007, 8 PM SPRING ROUNDS Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Garrett Anderson INTERMISSION CHI-LIN Conductor: Martin West Piccolo: Julie Mackenzie Dragon: Pierre-François Vilanoba* Tortoise: Tiit Helimets* Phoenix: Hansuke Yamamoto Chi-Lin: Yuan Yuan Tan INTERMISSION EDEN/EDEN Conductor: Gary Sheldon Muriel Maffre*, Gonzalo Garcia* Pascal Molat*, Dana Genshaft* Rory Hohenstein*, Katita Waldo* Jaime Garcia Castilla*, Hayley Farr*, Moises Martin* PROGRAM 4 Evening 3/14/2007, 7:30 PM SPRING ROUNDS Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Garrett Anderson INTERMISSION CHI-LIN Conductor: Martin West Piccolo: Julie Mackenzie Dragon: Davit Karapetyan* Tortoise: Tiit Helimets Phoenix: Hansuke Yamamoto Chi-Lin: Yuan Yuan Tan INTERMISSION EDEN/EDEN Conductor: Gary Sheldon Muriel Maffre, Gonzalo Garcia Pascal Molat, Dana Genshaft Rory Hohenstein, Katita Waldo Jaime Garcia Castilla, Hayley Farr, Moises Martin
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