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  1. 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
  2. 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]
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. It's good you were able to see last night's performance; that's really luxury casting.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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!😊
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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/
  16. 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 PREMIE
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 fo
  20. 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 T
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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 hurt
  24. 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,
  25. 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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