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  1. Imagine that you're casting your ideal performance of Balanchine's Jewels, and can cast any dancer you choose in any role you think they'd be best in. Who do you cast in which section (Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds) and why?
  2. SF Ballet has, fairly recently, performed The Invitation. It is indeed a creepy ballet, involving not one but two statutory rapes and classic, MacMillan-esque, suggestive pas de deux. I don't know which rape is worse, the one between the older man and the young girl, or the one with his wife and the girl's male cousin. The score is also "creepy" in its own right.
  3. With Silly Season around the corner, I thought now would be a good time for this topic. At one time, many of us may have overheard audience members saying things about ballets that were insightful, humorous, witty, clueless, charming, clever, or some combination thereof. For instance, at a performance in San Francisco, I overheard a lady asking her male companion if there was going to be singing. This performance being Swan Lake, her companion informed her that there wouldn't be. (To be fair, some ballets do involve singing, but that's neither here nor there.) What humorous and/or thought-provoking things have you overheard your fellow audiencemembers saying during a ballet performance?
  4. Here is a thread where those of us seeing SFB at Lincoln Center can post about what we're seeing!
  5. Thank you for the information, jps. I'll have to take the opportunity to take a look at this.
  6. SF Ballet has announced the following promotions and new dancers for the 2007 season: Promotions/Level Ruben Martin, Principal Dancer Garrett Anderson, Soloist Jaime Garcia Castilla, Soloist Rory Hohenstein, Soloist New Company Members/Level Molly Smolen, Principal Dancer Diego Cruz, Corps de Ballet Adeline Kaiser, Corps de Ballet Brian Malek, Corps de Ballet Alexandra McCullagh, Corps de Ballet Patricia Perez, Corps de Ballet Anthony Spaulding, Corps de Ballet Jennifer Stahl, Corps de Ballet Benjamin Stewart, Corps de Ballet New Apprentices Ludmila Campos, San Francisco Ballet School Christopher Mondoux, San Francisco Ballet School You can read more about these dancers here.
  7. SFB (as in, San Francisco ) is performing at Lincoln Center this summer, and there is no indication that they are performing at Edinburgh this year. But they do have some spectacular dancers from Spain, like Garcia, naturally, and corps dancer Clara Blanco.
  8. I'm quite fond of Costas' Balanchine: Celebrating a Life in Dance, with photos and commentary for fifty Balanchine ballets. And, for what it's worth, you might want to take a look at this topic on favorite ballet photographers: http://ballettalk.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=20953
  9. Just a question for everyone out there: What makes a perfect ballet perfect?
  10. There's no wrong way to post about a performance, tikititatata. Your review was excellent. It's always fascinating to read comparisons of multiple casts, and probably even more fascinating to be able to compare them.
  11. I'm almost positive somebody, somewhere has done Beauty and the Beast, but I can't for the life of me remember which company or choreographer it was. I'm wanting to say it was a company in Asia, maybe Singapore? Or else it was one of the smaller regional companies in the US. Does anyone have any more information about a Beauty and the Beast ballet?
  12. SF Ballet has posted details of its new season on its website, along with many photographs. What do people think of the selection of ballets coming up next year?
  13. Here are the ballets being performed in San Francisco Ballet's 2007 Repertory Season: Program 1 January 30 – February 10, 2007 Divertimento No. 15 Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Choreography: George Balanchine Carousel (A Dance) © - NEW! San Francisco Ballet premiere Composer: Richard Rodgers Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Pas de deux from After the Rain © - NEW! San Francisco Ballet premiere Composer: Arvo Pärt Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Artifact Suite Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Eva Crossman-Hecht Choreography: William Forsythe Program 2 Feb. 1 – Feb. 11, 2007 Blue Rose Composer: Elena Kats-Chernin Choreography: Helgi Tomasson The Dance House Composer: Dimitri Shostakovich Choreography: David Bintley Firebird - NEW! World premiere Composer: Igor Stravinsky Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Program 3 February 24 – March 3, 2007 The Sleeping Beauty Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Helgi Tomasson after Marius Petipa Program 4 Mar. 13 – Mar. 24, 2007 Spring Rounds Composer: Richard Strauss Choreography: Paul Taylor Chi-Lin Composer: Bright Sheng Choreography: Helgi Tomasson Eden/Eden - NEW! United States premiere Composer: Steve Reich Choreography: Wayne McGregor Program 5 Mar. 15 – Mar. 25, 2007 Pacific Composer: Lou Harrison Choreography: Mark Morris Other Dances Composer: Frédéric Chopin Choreography: Jerome Robbins The Fifth Season Composer: Karl Jenkins Choreography: Helgi Tomasson Fancy Free - NEW! San Francisco Ballet premiere Composer: Leonard Bernstein Choreography: Jerome Robbins Program 6 Apr. 4 – Apr. 21, 2007 Night Composer: Matthew Pierce Choreography: Julia Adam Tomasson world premiere - NEW! Choreography: Helgi Tomasson Rodeo Composer: Aaron Copland Choreography: Agnes de Mille Program 7 April 11 – April 24, 2007 Elemental Brubeck © Composer: Dave Brubeck Choreography: Lar Lubovitch Mrozewski world premiere - NEW! Choreography: Matjash Mrozewski Symphony in C Composer: Georges Bizet Choreography: George Balanchine Program 8 Apr. 28 – May. 5, 2007 Don Quixote Production and Staging: Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov Composer: Léon Minkus This post is for reference purposes only and will remain closed; however, please discuss these programs in the forum below! You can read more about the 2007 season here.
  14. If you did, please tell us how it went!
  15. Welcome to Ballet Talk, tikititatata! It's never too late to post a review of a performance. Thank you for sharing your impression of Swan Lake with us. I agree about the need for fine-tuning in this production; however, that doesn't mean that a well-danced performance can't still be breathtakingly beautiful. I encourage you to tell us more about yourself in the Welcome Forum here, and to continue browsing and posting on Ballet Talk.
  16. Here is the casting for the "farewell performance." Farewell Performance Evening Friday, May 05, 2006 8pm IN THE NIGHT VISELLI, LEGATE MAFFRE, SMITH FEIJOO, POSSOKHOV Intermission REVELATION POSSOKHOV SOLO BRANDENHOFF, LEGATE, MOLAT R&J BALCONY PAS DE DEUX Conductor: Martin West TAN, POSSOKHOV MY FUNNY VALENTINE Piano: McGraw LeBLANC, LEGATE "SUMMER" from QUATERNARY McGraw MAFFRE, POSSOKHOV 10 min
  17. Here is a thread where people can post what they thought of this year's performances of Sylvia and the ballets on Program 8.
  18. Program 8 Evening Wednesday, April 26, 2006 7:30 pm CONTINUUM Piano: Michael McGraw Vanessa Zahorian, Moises Martin* Kristin Long, Gonzalo Garcia Katita Waldo, David Arce Dores Andre*, Ruben Martin INTERMISSION ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Rory Hohenstein* Elizabeth Miner*, Damian Smith* INTERMISSION REFLECTIONS Conductor: Martin West White Woman: Kristin Long Red Woman: Lorena Feijoo 2nd Movement: Katita Waldo, Pierre-François Vilanoba* 3rd Movement: Guennadi Nedviguine, Pascal Molat
  19. Thank you for the link, balletdad. FYI, the press release also contains information about Legate and Brandenhoff, as well as alluding to a subscribers-only event honoring the three, to be held on May 5.
  20. Program 8 Opening Night Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8 pm CONTINUUM Piano: Michael McGraw Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith Kristin Long, Gonzalo Garcia Muriel Maffre, Yuri Possokhov Rachel Viselli, David Arce INTERMISSION ELEMENTAL BRUBECK Music: Tape Gonzalo Garcia Katita Waldo, Stephen Legate INTERMISSION REFLECTIONS Conductor: Martin West White Woman: Kristin Long Red Woman: Lorena Feijoo 2nd Movement: Muriel Maffre, Damian Smith 3rd Movement: Guennadi Nedviguine, Pascal Molat
  21. Sylvia Opening Night Friday, April 21, 2006 8 pmSYLVIA Conductor: Martin West Sylvia: Elizabeth Miner Aminta: Pascal Molat Orion: Pierre-François Vilanoba Diana: Muriel Maffre Eros: Jaime Garcia Castilla Sylvia Evening Saturday, April 22, 2006 8 pm SYLVIA Conductor: Martin West Sylvia: Yuan Yuan Tan Aminta: Gonzalo Garcia Orion: Yuri Possokhov Diana: Muriel Maffre Eros: James Sofranko * Designates premiere in a role. Casting subject to change.
  22. Thank you for posting this, Dale. I've always liked both of these dancers, and was hoping this release would be about them being promoted, instead of retiring. Best of luck to both of them, though, and I'm grateful for the times I've been able to see them dance.
  23. Thank you for that, Quiggin. I agree about LeBlanc's beats and technique. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  24. How about a companion topic to Bart's "Opening Images" thread? Which ballets have closing images, right before the curtain goes down, which stick in your mind long after the ballet is over? For me, I'd say Glass Pieces, Serenade, 4 Temperaments, and Apollo. What are your favorite closing images?
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