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BalletNut

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  1. 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. )
  2. While I'm still sorry that he left SFB, I'll be very interested to hear/read reports about how he does in NY.
  3. 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).
  4. About 10 years ago, SF Ballet had Leah and Megan Watson.
  5. 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/
  6. 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
  7. 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, b
  8. If you're seeing Don Q, we'd love to hear/read your opinions of the performance!
  9. 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 Eveni
  10. I will be at the evening performance on the 21st.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. If you're seeing Program 6 and/or Program 7, please post about it on this thread.
  14. 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: Davi
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. Program 5, 17 March 2007 Pacific As far as SFB is concerned, it's almost a shibboleth to say anything negative about Mark Morris, but I'm sorry to report that I didn't like this ballet. It was short enough that there was no need for an intermission between it and the next ballet, but it still felt over-long. Choreographically, it's in a category with Taylor's Spring Rounds and any other flowy, fusiony modern ballet where there are few if any identifiable principal roles, every corps dancer gets their own little solo, and which invariably end with everyone dancing in joyous, upbeat circles in
  19. Please share your opinions of Programs 4 and 5 on this thread.
  20. 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:
  21. Even more casting: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Evening 3/2/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Aurora: Yuan Yuan Tan Prince Desiré: Tiit Helimets Lilac Fairy: Muriel Maffre Carabosse: Anita Paciotti Bluebird: Hansuke Yamamoto Enchanted Princess: Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Matinee 3/3/2007, 2 PM Conductor: Ormsby Wilkins Aurora: Tina LeBlanc Prince Desiré: Gennadi Nedvigin Lilac Fairy: Sarah Van Patten Carabosse: Parrish Maynard Bluebird: Joseph Phillips Enchanted Princess: Elizabeth Miner THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Evening 3/3/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Ormsby Wilkins Aurora: Va
  22. Opening Night, 24 February 2007 Princess Aurora: Yuan Yuan Tan Prince Desire: Tiit Helimets Lilac Fairy: Muriel Maffre Fairy of Darkness (Carabosse): Anita Paciotti Bluebird: Joan Boada Enchanted Princess: Katita Waldo This performance looked interesting on paper, to say the least. Although I had seen Maffre and Waldo in their respective roles and had heard good things about Helimets as a prince, I was having a hard time picturing Yuan Yuan Tan as Aurora. Fortunately, she was quite good, even if one never forgot that one was watching Yuan Yuan Tan dancing Aurora; her technique was fabul
  23. More casting: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Evening 2/27/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Ormsby Wilkins Aurora: Tina LeBlanc Prince Desiré: Gennadi Nedvigin* Lilac Fairy: Sarah Van Patten* Carabosse: Parrish Maynard Bluebird: Joan Boada Enchanted Princess: Kristin Long THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Evening 2/28/2007, 7:30 PM Conductor: Ormsby Wilkins Aurora: Vanessa Zahorian Prince Desiré: Gonzalo Garcia* Lilac Fairy: Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun* Carabosse: Muriel Maffre Bluebird: Hansuke Yamamoto* Enchanted Princess: Frances Chung* THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Evening 3/1/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Aurora: R
  24. Casting has been posted for the first two performances: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Opening Night 2/24/2007, 8 PM Conductor: Martin West Aurora: Yuan Yuan Tan Prince Desiré: Tiit Helimets^ Lilac Fairy: Muriel Maffre Carabosse: Anita Paciotti Bluebird: Joan Boada Enchanted Princess: Kristin Long THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Matinee 2/25/2007, 2 PM Conductor: Martin West Aurora: Rachel Viselli* Prince Desiré: Davit Karapetyan* Lilac Fairy: Elana Altman* Carabosse: Parrish Maynard Bluebird: Hansuke Yamamoto* Enchanted Princess: Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun*
  25. 10 February 2007, Program 1 A few notes about this performance: Divertimento #15: This was technically well-danced, but something was missing. It seemed that the dancers were performing this out of duty more than out of enjoyment. I wish they'd had the enthusiasm for Balanchine that I do, but instead they tended to treat this, as they do many "classical" ballets, like brussels sprouts: it's good for you, but they'd rather eat/dance something else. On the topic of food, Sandra Woodall's redesign of the costumes produced tutus that resembled wedding cakes. Aunis: It's a cute ballet that had
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