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  1. 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.
  2. 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 performance, and I look forward to comparing notes.
  3. I believe the Dawson SL is not based on the standard version, but is his own interpretation and choreography: no Rothbart, no tutus, and a strong, more contemporary Odette. This Odette might appeal to Sylve more than the usual version, although I saw her performance at SFB a few years ago and it was, predictably, gorgeous. Plus, of course, we’ll just be seeing one PdD, not the whole ballet. Here’s a link to a ‘making of’ video from Scottish Ballet. Dawson’s commentary and the viewer comments give some interesting information about his take on the ballet.
  4. It's good to see my favorites, Chung and Walsh, getting opening night. And the André/Di Lanno pairing sound interesting, if a little unexpected. Have they danced together before?
  5. Note that this is not the usual SL, but David Dawson’s version. I’m very curious to see this; I believe it has gotten mixed reviews, and there appear to be several clips on YouTube. http://www.seeingdance.com/scottish-ballet-swan-lake-22042016/ https://dancetabs.com/2016/04/scottish-ballet-swan-lake-dawson-premiere-glasgow/
  6. SPELLBOUND, SF BALLET'S 2020 OPENING NIGHT GALA Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm Men's Regiment from STARS & STRIPES Composer: John Philip Sousa, arranged by Hershy Kay Choreographer: George Balanchine Conductor: Martin West Lucas Erni MYLES THATCHER WORLD PREMIERE Composer: TBA Choreographer: Myles Thatcher Sasha De Sola, Benjamin Freemantle "JOCKEY DANCE" from From Siberia To Moscow Composer: Carl Christian Møller Choreographer: August Bournonville Conductor: Martin West Esteban Hernandez, Max Cauthorn VAL CANIPAROLI WORLD PREMIERE Composer: Ludovico Einaudi Choreographer: Val Caniparoli Conductor: Martin West Jennifer Stahl, Elizabeth Powell, Tiit Helimets Balcony Pas de Deux from ROMEO & JULIET Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Mathilde Froustey, Carlo Di Lanno Pas de Deux from LE CORSAIRE Composer: Riccardo Drigo Choreography: after Marius Petipa Conductor: Martin West Misa Kuranaga, Angelo Greco INTERMISSION Pas de Deux from HURRY UP, WE'RE DREAMING Composers: Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez, and Justin Meldal-Johnsen Choreographer: Justin Peck Sarah Van Patten, Henry Sidford FOR PIXIE Composer: TBA Choreographer: Danielle Rowe Dores André, Joseph Walsh SF Ballet Premiere Pas de Deux from SWAN LAKE Composer: Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: David Dawson Conductor: Martin West Violin: Cordula Merks Cello: Eric Sung Sofiane Sylve, Carlo Di Lanno GRAND PAS CLASSIQUE Composer: D. F. E. Auber Choreography: Victor Gsovsky Conductor: Martin West Wona Park, Wei Wang Pas de Deux from BELLS Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Yuan Yuan Tan, Vitor Luiz Finale from DIAMONDS Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: George Balanchine Conductor: Martin West Sasha Mukhamedov, Tiit Helimets *DENOTES ROLE DEBUT IN CURRENT PRODUCTION †DENOTES DEBUT IN CURRENT PRODUCTION
  7. I saw Kuranaga at last year’s Gala and completely agree: she is a gem, and she seems to fit right into the SFB company style. (As much as I admired the beauty of Ana Sophia Scheller’s dancing, I never saw the energy and vivacity that characterizes SFB.) According to some of Kuranaga’s Instagram posts, she’s rehearsing Cinderella; I definitely plan on seeing that.
  8. I don’t think the ‘uninspired’ had anything to do with the anyone not dancing his/her heart out. I’m not a musician, but to my ear some of the tempos seemed on the slow side, which kind of stifles a cheerful ballet like Nutcracker. Enjoy the ballet and I hope you report on the performances.
  9. Saturday 12/21 2:00 pm Nice if overall uninspired performance with a few notable moments to brighten things up a bit. I chose this performance mainly to see Jahna Frantziskonis (hereafter JF) and Wona Park, neither of whom disappointed. JF danced the Snow Queen, and what I find amusing about her is that she ‘dances big’, so big that you don’t realize how petite she is until you see her standing on flat foot among other dancers. It’s really a little startling. This is the first time I’ve seen her in a classical role and she danced with great delicacy, including half a dozen fouettes that ended with a perfect quad and a perfectly nailed finish. I don’t usually give more than halfhearted applause to fouettés, because too often they’re just applause machines regardless of the quality. But this time, happy to clap with enthusiasm. Snow King (Wei Wang) doesn’t have a lot to do, but Wang did let loose with some gorgeous double tours en l’air, all fully turned and landed in a perfect fifth. You get so accustomed to these being cheated and scrunched around to finish that it really makes you sit up and notice when they’re this flawless. Park and Greco danced the Grand Pas de Deux beautifully, including the shoulder jumps that went without a hitch. Greco’s jumps are airy and spacious, and his landings nearly soundless, which is nice change from some of the thuds I’ve heard from other male dancers in recent seasons. And getting back to fouettés: Park did a dozen on-a-dime single-single-doubles with a clean finish. Again, happy to add my applause. Oh, and still the old Flower costumes. I wonder what happened.
  10. According to SFBallet on Instagram, the program for the 2020 Opening Night Gala has been announced. Here’s an announcement, but not the program since I have never in my entire life been able to find the mysterious ‘link in our bio’ (I clicked on everything clickable and nothing took me to the program, or to anything that looked like a link to the program; Googled re ‘where the heck is the bio’ – apparently I’m not the only one with this problem – followed directions, but still can’t find it.). Anyway, here’s information from the Instagram post. Looking forward to the premieres, especially Thatcher’s. And very sorry to be reminded Luiz is leaving. “Just announced: programming for SPELLBOUND: SF Ballet’s Opening Night Gala! This one-night-only performance, on 1/16/20, will include three world premieres by current and former members of SF Ballet: Val Caniparoli, Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, and Myles Thatcher. “For the first time in 30 years, I decided to ask three choreographers to create new pas de deux or pas de trois for opening night,” says Tomasson, who celebrates his record-breaking 35th season with the Company in 2020. “What connects these choreographers is that they are all close members of the San Francisco Ballet family, and they each represent a different generation of dancemaking.” The world premieres by Caniparoli, Possokhov, and Thatcher are highlights of a twelve-piece program that also includes the SF Ballet premiere of a pas de deux from David Dawson’s Swan Lake, created in 2016 for Scottish Ballet, and the Balcony Pas de Deux from Romeo & Juliet. Yuan Yuan Tan, who celebrates her 25th season with SF Ballet in 2020, will also dance the pas de deux from Yuri Possokhov’s Bells with Vitor Luiz, marking Luiz’s farewell performance with the Company. Link in bio for full programming.”
  11. Attending 12/21 2 pm performance: Snow: Frantziskonis/Wang SPF: Andre GPdD: Park/Greco Wish I could afford more, but may try standing room for a couple. Does anyone know if the new Flower costumes have made an appearance this season? All the photos I’ve seen have the old ones, but are likely photos from previous years.
  12. Hi Buddy: yes, The performance does begin at 1 pm. By 11/2 I meant November 2, just too lazy to write it out Sorry for the confusion.
  13. Thanks so much for posting the review. I have a ticket for Saturday 11/2 matinee, which is also Kondaurova. Saw her in Swan Lake last time they were here and I'm really looking forward to this. Not sure I'm going to make it, though; I spent four nights sleeping on a friends extremely uncomfortable sofa after being evacuated from Santa Rosa due to the fires. My part of town was in no real danger, but the winds were so strong and unpredictable, the powers that be very sensibly decided it was better not to take chances with blowing embers, and they issued a mandatory evacuation. My back hurts so much, not sure I can sit through a three hour ballet, which is frustrating, because what I really need right now is some ballet!😊
  14. It looks like SFB has a new website. I wasn’t crazy about the previous one, but this one seems to have some problems. I'm curious to know it anyone else is experiencing similar issues before I report it to SFB. I'm using Safari High Sierra on Mac, so maybe that's the problem, but it's hard to believe such a widely used platform wasn't thoroughly tested. -Choosing your own seats takes quite a while to load. Actually, everything seems to be very slow to load, slow to the point I finally just gave up trying to browse the new site. -Once the seat selection screen does finally load, I can’t find the camera view showing how the stage looks from different seating areas. Not critical, but it was nice to have. -During payment, the billing address that popped up is 30 years old (the more important mailing address was OK, but still…) Strongly suggest carefully checking any auto-filled information. -After completing the purchase, got a message asking if I wanted to add the dates to my calendar. “Sure” said I, little suspecting. Now there’s a popup labeled ‘Progress’ which has not made any progress in the last hour; no ‘Cancel’ button; my calendar displayed when I gave the go-ahead and is now frozen and can’t be closed. I tried shutting down the computer, but can’t because … the calendar is open. Can’t close the calendar so … can’t shut down the computer. Will need to unplug, which is hardly the most graceful way to exit. Arrrggghhh!
  15. Sorry if this is a repeat, but I don’t see that this has been posted. The TBD for Program 6 is now listed as Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. Hoping to seeing some of the newer solists in the Kochetkova role, https://www.sfballet.org/season/2020-repertory/2020-Program-6
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