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PeggyR

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  1. Maybe for 2022 season (which I fervently hope will be in the theater, at least part of it). Since they likely don’t need to rehearse multiple casts for this season, it seems like a good bet they would be working on next year’s ballets. New seasons are usually announced in April, although with the uncertainty around pretty much everything these days, we might have to be patient. But I really hope we’ll see the Forsythe, who’s one of my favorites.
  2. My thoughts exactly! Plus, it was wonderful to see something so filled with color (no black costumes, which, I suppose, are meant to be sophisticated and/or edgy, but sometimes just look boring), and enough light to see what was going on, even when dimly lit. Agree that Thatcher fulfilled expectations, although I suspect the director gets some of the credit too. It would be interesting to know how a choreographer and film director collaborate. I'd love to have the them interviewed together and hear how it worked. It occurs to me that ballets made specifically to be filmed might
  3. Last week I wrote to SFB and (politely) complained that only large donors were allowed to view the Gala. They responded: “As a Premium Plus Digital Package holder, you will have access to a special bonus program featuring many of the performances [emphasis added] featured on the evening of our virtual benefit. You will have access beginning January 25th for 1 week.” So, it looks like more than ‘a couple of items’ - at least I hope so. I appreciate that we get this as part of our subscriptions, but it seems like a missed opportunity to raise more funds. Many of us are happy to pay $1
  4. Very glad to hear there will be some kind of season, even if it’s not live. However, maybe I’ve missed something (my head is spinning right now with everything else going on in the world), but leaving out the possibility of previously filmed performances, are they saying that one performance of each program will be filmed and available digitally for the specific period of time? That means only one cast per program, which would require fewer dancers than a live season that would normally have at least two or three casts per ballet. If so, what a terrible impact for dancers waiting to debut n
  5. Several weeks ago, San Francisco Ballet sent out a questionnaire. Among other things, they asked if we would be willing to pay to watch professionally produced on line programs. I can't remember details now, but that sounds to me like they are considering it. The problem is that, no matter how undesirable it is to watch videos rather than live performances, I'm not about to pass up a chance to see companies that I would never otherwise be able to attend in person, and I can see my Social Security check rapidly withering away to nothing if I buy subscriptions to all these companies. [sigh]
  6. Ellen Rose Hummel: Finally!!! All excellent promotions. Have to agree with others that Park’s may be a little premature. Despite an excellent Kitri, her Aurora had little or no character development, but I guess creating a fully rounded character is a little like learning to drive a stick shift: you just have to stall the car a few times while you get the hang of it. It seems to me that these promotions show confidence on Tomasson’s part that next season will continue more or less normally, a confidence I don’t quite share. Hope I’m wrong but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if
  7. Zellerbach (across the Bay in Berkeley) is open with Joffrey this weekend, the Trocks next week, and Alvin Ailey at the end of March. There’s a notice on the web site that they are monitoring the situation, so things could change. I have a ticket for Pina Bausch in late April, so hoping things will have stabilized by then. Quite aside from all the other difficult aspects of this situation, this uncertainty must be awful for performers.
  8. I am just gutted. Had tickets for 4 perfs and was so looking forward to seeing this finally on stage, but as a member of an 'at risk' group (crochety old ladies), I certainly can't complain about more aggressive measures being taken. How this situation plays out in the end (cancelled performances/gatherins at various venues, lost revenues, unhappy customers...) will be interesting in a grim sort of way. Agree that it's the dancers who are the most affected after putting so much time and effort into preparing. The effects go beyond the WMOH, of course. I cancelled both hotel and lunch rese
  9. It's good you were able to see last night's performance; that's really luxury casting.
  10. Well, that certainly puts a damper on the rest of the ballet season. Of course, I’m happy for them, although I too had hopes that when Sylve retired, she would be involved either with the ballet school or the company in some capacity. Wishing them both all the best, and I hope they know how much they will be missed. BTW, if Sylve dances Diamonds later this season, I’d suggest moving heaven and earth to see her.
  11. I’ve got tickets for March 7 at 2 and 8 pm, and March 8 and 15 at 2 pm. My budget is groaning in agony, but I might try to eke out the Tuesday performance just to see Tan, who should be a glorious Titania. Glad to see Lucas Erni dancing Puck. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were in line for promotion to soloist: his technique looks solid and he has personality to spare. Also, very happy to have a chance to see Max Cauthorn with an Oberon. He always stands out for his clean, beautiful dancing, but he isn’t often cast at my subscription performances.
  12. I went to one of the rehearsals that patrons can attend, and had a nice, long discussion with someone about De Sola. Unfortunately, we were in complete agreement that she isn't much of an actor. She seems to be a work horse and dances a lot, which I appreciate; but she just isn't someone I look forward to seeing, and I certainly wouldn't buy an extra ticket just to see her. Knowing the amount of time and sweat dancers put into becoming dancers, not to mention the brevity of their careers, I always feels guilty about not wanting to see someone perform. I assume you saw Van Patten as the
  13. Here's the press release about the new seating. The problem is, that absolutely nothing will make that place suitable for watching dance. I guess at least we can be comfortable while we aren't seeing the ballet!😊
  14. It might be a little premature to say she’s not dancing Cinderella, since there are three more performances on Feb 1 and 2 where she might show up. I certainly hope so; it’s a perfect role for her.
  15. Watching that video, I have to say the choreography looks well suited to Sylve's long limbs and beautiful lines. Re the rest of the Gala, I'm curious about the absence of Ulrik Birkkjaer, especially with the Bournonville excerpt. Having him in the company seems like a good time to bring in some Bournonville. He and Kochectkova danced (beautifully) a PdD from La Sylphide at the 2018 Gala, and it occurred to me then that his presence was a great opportunity to give all the dancers, but particularly the newer promotees (is that a word?) some experience with the style. Enjoy the perfor
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