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PeggyR

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  1. VAI is having a DVD sale that seems to include pretty much all ballet videos (opera, etc also). Still expensive even with a discount, but I checked a few on Amazon and the ones they had were even more expensive.
  2. Sad to say, I can match that and raise you one. I attend with a friend who used those exact words: ‘…elder abuse…’ (plus she thought Coppelia was boring - too much mime, not enough dance (!) ) AND, she thought the female corps de ballet costumes in Magrittomania were offensively sexist. I don’t know what image the costume designer used as a basis for the costumes, but this is the closest I can find. Whatever.
  3. A quick note about today’s matinee, with Chung/Luiz (both excellent, especially the amazing Frances Chung). Didn’t have time before the performance to look at the rest of the cast list, and during intermission was too busy yakking to friends, so didn’t know who would be dancing Dawn, Prayer and Spinner in the third act. Dawn (Rebecca Rhodes) and Spinner (newest soloist Lauren Strongin) were nicely performed, but Prayer made me sit up and wonder, who is THAT? I almost missed my bus taking time to find out THAT was Jahna Frantziskonis. Gorgeous arms and upper body (and I mean really gorgeous), excellent ballon, strong technique, but especially that indefinable something that says ‘star quality’. I can certainly understand why the PNB audience is sorry to lose her.
  4. I saw the 2/20 matinee Sylve / Di Lanno / Helimets, and 2/25 Froustey / Ingham / Bennet. It's taking some time to gather my reactions coherently: two interesting and VERY different interpretations. I'll try and post something tomorrow. And I'd recommend trying to see Froustey on Sunday, even if you need to stand. Her interpretation may not be to everyone's taste, but trust me, you won't be bored!
  5. I’ve seen her several times in this production as O/O and thought she gave a lovely, intelligent performance - good differentiation between O1 and O2, with O2 not the usual evil vixen, but more a young woman discovering her power over a man - end enjoying it. Not very PC, but it worked for me. I had a ticket to see her Saturday evening, but decided to trade it for Thursday's Froustey/Ingham (both in role debuts this season), so I’m disappointed to miss Kochetkova. (I'm consoling myself with Sylve's Saturday matinee O/O. THAT is something I'm really looking forward to seeing.) Cute photo, but I’m curious: it looks like they are bare-legged, no tights. I realize this is a rehearsal, but I hope they wear tights during the performance. I like the bare-legged look in contemporary ballets, but defintely not Swan Lake.
  6. Me too. To be honest, I've always thought she had more charm than expressiveness, still, I'd really like to see what she does with O/O, since I know a lot of people like her in the role. For some reason, in the past, she has never been cast when I was able to go, so this year looked like a good chance finally to see her. Oh well. SL is such a cash cow, maybe they'll bring it back next season. They are both good Swanhildas: Chung is funnier and more natural, but although Zahorian plays her as a seriously spoiled brat, her charm (and that smile!) keeps the character likable. There's also Onegin coming up at the end of the season. Zahorian has done Tatiana before and the role would be a good fit for both Dores Andre and Chung. I'm disappointed that Froustey won't be dancing the 2/20 matinee, but Sylve!!! What an unexpected treat. Froustey's 2/21 matinee is sold out but I may try and go standing room.
  7. Yesterday, subscribers got a notice that a performance has been added on Friday, 2/26, so that's 11 performances, although it doesn't seem to be on the calendar yet. It's good that Froustey is getting three, which will give her time to settle in. I don't think her Gala Black Swan was at all representative of what she can probably do with the role. Agree Tan will probably get opening night. Van Patten is out on maternity leave, and Id be surprised if Feijoo will dance (she cancelled Giselle and Kitri the last couple of seasons). Among the principals, that leaves Sylve, though I dont think she's ever been cast as O/O here in SF; Zahorian, who will certainly get at least one; and Chung and Andre, assuming they have learned the role, both of whom would be debuting and both of whom I would do some serious rearranging of my life to see. Have they ever cast a soloist as O/O? I cant picture anyone except Stahl at this point. I have tickets for both 2/20 performances, but Ive seen Kochetkova twice already, so I may trade for 2/26 depending on who is dancing. Its very frustrating that they leave casting announcements so late.
  8. SFB hasn’t yet posted casts, but Mathilde Froustey is posting on her Facebook page that she will be dancing Swan Lake three times: Since they don’t post casts until a week before the performance, and by that time full lengths - especially SL and Giselle - are mostly sold out, I have to buy tickets without knowing who will be dancing, and hope for the best. So, I’m lucky to have purchased a ticket months ago for the matinee on the 27th.
  9. Sorry, that's supposed to be 2016, but I can't edit the title. Program 1 - Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 2pm Opening Matinee 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Mathilde Froustey*, Tiit Helimets Vanessa Zahorian, Gennadi Nedvigin Elizabeth Powell, Taras Domitro Koto Ishihara, Lonnie Weeks MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Yuan Yuan Tan, Davit Karapetyan* Esteban Hernandez*, Wei Wang*, Max Cauthorn* PAS/PARTS North American Premiere Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova* Frances Chung* Dores Andre* Yuan Yuan Tan* Julia Rowe* Sofiane Sylve* Jennifer Stahl* Skyla Schreter* Carlo Di Lanno* Francisco Mungamba* James Sofranko* Diego Cruz* Joseph Walsh* Wei Wang* Henry Sidford* Program 1 - Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 7:30pm 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz Vanessa Zahorian, Gennadi Nedvigin Elizabeth Powell, Taras Domitro Koto Ishihara, Lonnie Weeks MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Yuan Yuan Tan, Davit Karapetyan Esteban Hernandez, Wei Wang, Max Cauthorn PAS/PARTS Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova Frances Chung Dores Andre Yuan Yuan Tan Julia Rowe Sofiane Sylve Jennifer Stahl Skyla Schreter Carlo Di Lanno Francisco Mungamba James Sofranko Diego Cruz Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Henry Sidford Program 1 - Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:30pm 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Mathilde Froustey, Tiit Helimets Norika Matsuyama*, Hansuke Yamamoto Ellen Rose Hummel*, Joan Boada Lauren Strongin*, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira* MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Jennifer Stahl*, Luke Ingham* Henry Sidford*,Wei Wang, Max Cauthorn PAS/PARTS North American Premiere Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova Frances Chung Dores Andre Yuan Yuan Tan Julia Rowe Sofiane Sylve Jennifer Stahl Skyla Schreter Carlo Di Lanno Francisco Mungamba James Sofranko Diego Cruz Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Henry Sidford Back to Top Program 1 - Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 2pm 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz Norika Matsuyama, Hansuke Yamamoto Lauren Parrott*, Pascal Molat Lauren Strongin, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham Henry Sidford, Wei Wang, Max Cauthorn PAS/PARTS Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova Frances Chung Dores Andre Yuan Yuan Tan Julia Rowe Sofiane Sylve Jennifer Stahl Skyla Schreter Carlo Di Lanno Francisco Mungamba James Sofranko Diego Cruz Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Henry Sidford Program 1 - Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 8pm 7 FOR EIGHT Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets Vanessa Zahorian, Gennadi Nedvigin Elizabeth Powell, Taras Domitro Koto Ishihara, Lonnie Weeks MAGRITTOMANIA Composer: Yuri Krasavin, after Ludvig van Beethoven Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal'ya Feygina Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham Henry Sidford, Wei Wang, Max Cauthorn PAS/PARTS Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Maria Kochetkova Frances Chung Dores Andre Yuan Yuan Tan Julia Rowe Sofiane Sylve Jennifer Stahl Skyla Schreter Carlo Di Lanno Francisco Mungamba James Sofranko Diego Cruz Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Henry Sidford 1/24 performance: 7 for Eight (Tomasson/Bach): This is the third time Ive seen this and if you paid me a million dollars I couldnt remember anything about it. Magrittomania (Possokhov/Krasavin cheerfully slaughtering Beethoven): Sometimes likable fun, sometimes dramatic and moving; stellar dancing from all. Pas/Parts (Forsythe/Willems): Wayne McGregor, eat your heart out.
  10. The Fairy's Adventures in Three Movements. Actually, sounds pretty good!
  11. Agree about Rubies. It looked like a first sight reading: get the steps down, worry about interpretation and nuances later. This is the second time I've seen Kochetkova in Rubies and didn't really think it suited her either time. This is only my second Gala, so I mostly judge by the photos on SFGate over the years: yes, there probably were fewer awful/weird gowns this year, but from where I was sitting in the back of the Dress Circle I had full view of several ladies with enough body parts on full display to construct a whole new human being. Tasteless doesn't begin to describe them. While I don't like doing counts of these kinds of things, it does make you stop and think: eight choreographers (if you count the jumble of Don Q as one), all white males; and ten composers, nine white males, one white female (Karen LeFrak, Gentle Memories/Jiří Bubeníček). I guess we take progress where we can get it.
  12. A rather lackluster opening night gala, despite a few standout performances (and, unfortunately, one big disappointment). Overall, the night belonged to the men and Frances Chung. Chung in the Tchaikovsky PdD had charm, speed and brio to spare; my favorite performance of the evening. Since joining the company, Taras Domitro has gone well beyond his virtuoso technique and developed into a fine artist. But he demonstrated in the Don Quixote PdD that he can still pour on the bravura when he wants to. Not just thrilling, but a beautiful and musical performance. Other highlights included Gennadi Nedvigin, Joseph Walsh, Hansuke Yamamoto dancing impeccably at breakneck speed in Hans van Manen’s Solo; and Max Cauthorn, Esteban Hernandez and Wei Wang, highlighting the talent of the men in the corp de ballet, in Tomasson’s Bartok Divertimento. And mention must be made of Natasha Sheehan, a San Francisco Ballet School trainee, who more than held her own in the female role. The disappointment was Mathilde Froustey’s Black Swan. I don’t think she had a problem handling the technical demands (although the foutees did not go particularly well), but throughout her dancing was choppy, without flow or musical sensitivity, a surprise from this usually musical dancer. ETA re Froustey's performance: I just saw on her Facebook page that this was her first Black Swan, so I'll modify my criticism to say she may just need time to settle into this difficult role, and I look forward to her complete O/O later this season.
  13. San Francsico Ballet Best: -Shostakovich Trilogy, particularly Davit Karapetyan in Chamber Symphony. I’ve seen the Trilogy six times in two seasons and can’t wait to see it again. -Dances at a Gathering, especially Sofiane Sylve in Green. -Two role debuts stood out: Dores Andre’s fascinating Juliet, and Frances Chung’s exquisite Giselle.
  14. SFB Opening Night Gala program and casts. It’s particularly good to see the excellent SFBallet Orchestra being given a chance to shine on their own in honor of their 40th anniversary. Opening Night Gala - Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 8:00PM In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change *Denotes dancer premiere in ballet THURSDAY, JANUARY 21—8:00PM—OPENING NIGHT “WALTZ OF THE HOURS” from COPPÉLIA Composer: Léo Delibes Choreographer: Alexandra Danilova and George Balanchine ©The Balanchine Trust (after Marius Petipa) Conductor: Martin West Jennifer Stahl with SF Ballet Students Pas de deux from CAROUSEL (A DANCE) Composer: Richard Rodgers Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon© Conductor: Martin West Dores André, Joan Boada “Adagio” from CARMEN World Premiere Composer: Rodion Shchedrin Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Lorena Feijoo*, Vitor Luiz* TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: George Balanchine Conductor: Martin West Frances Chung, Gennadi Nedvigin BARTOK DIVERTIMENTO Composer: Béla Bartók Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Conductor: Martin West Natasha Sheehan+, Max Cauthorn*, Esteban Hernandez*, Wei Wang* +SF Ballet School Trainee Pas de deux from DON QUIXOTE, Act III Composer: Ludwig Minkus Choreographers: Alexander Gorsky and Marius Petipa Staging and additional Choreography: Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Taras Domitro INTERMISSION SF Ballet Orchestra “INFERNAL DANCE” from FIREBIRD In Celebration of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Composer: Igor Stravinsky Conductor: Martin West GENTLE MEMORIES SF Ballet Premiere Composer: Karen LeFrak Choreographer: Jiří Bubeníček Conductor: Ming Luke Yuan Yuan Tan*, Tiit Helimets*, Vitor Luiz*, Carlos Quenedit* Pas de deux from “RUBIES” Composer: Igor Stravinsky Choreographer: George Balanchine Conductor: Martin West Maria Kochetkova, Pascal Molat SOLO Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreographer: Hans Van Manen Joseph Walsh, Gennadi Nedvigin, Hansuke Yamamoto Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE, Act III Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Conductor: Martin West Mathilde Froustey, Davit Karapetyan Pas de deux from PAS/PARTS North American Premiere Composer: Thom Willems Choreographer: William Forsythe Sofiane Sylve*, Carlo Di Lanno* Finale from THEME & VARIATIONS Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: George Balanchine Conductor: Martin West Vanessa Zahorian, Luke Ingham*
  15. Sneak peak at William Forsythe’s 'Pas/Parts' (Program 1). https://youtu.be/66tTFbfOU3Q (Sorry, don't know why I can only post a link and not the video itself.)
  16. A video from San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan remembering moments from 2015. The performance excerpts are brief to the point of non-existence, but I’ve tried to ID as many as I could. (Be warned: the music is loud.) 0:12 - Giselle with Davit Karapetyan 0:25 - RaKU (Possokhov) 0:38 - Diving into the Lilacs (Possokhov) PdD with Anthony Vincent 0:45 - Swimmer (Possokhov) 0:51 - Shostakovich Trilogy: Piano Concerto #1 (Ratmansky) 0:55 - Romeo & Juliet (Tomasson) with ?? 1:14 - Caprice (Tomasson) 2:55 - RaKU (Possokhov) 2:59 - Hummingbird (Scarlett) 3:14 - Giselle
  17. I don't think he meant it literally; I suspect it was just a joke. ETA Here's a link to the brief article with the quote.
  18. And then there's this: Maximova is about 18 or 19 here. https://youtu.be/ry6-gnUicrw
  19. A little Sugarplum change of pace, courtesy of the Pasadena-based California Philharmonic, whose director, Victor Vener, said he wanted to showcase “... hip-hop dancers doing pinwheels and doing 21st street dance instead of the Russians doing 19th century street dance.” https://youtu.be/Jqu3OaUHtaU
  20. I’m going to next Saturday’s matinee (no cast info yet); I’m hoping to see some (or better, all) of the new comers. I don’t attend the Nut every year, but whenever I have, there always seem to be many soloists and corp members dancing major roles. I fondly remember Clara Blanco, several years before she was promoted to soloist, dancing a lovely GPdD. I didn’t notice she was gone either; is she still performing in An American in Paris? Well, if they wanted to bring in a guest to sell seats, I’d think they would bring in a higher profile name. Meaning no disrespect to Ms. Lane, but I doubt if the kind of ballet goer in San Francisco who attends Nutcracker and not much else, knows a lot about soloists from a New York company. I don’t know much about her myself, but after a little research, found that she seems to be highly regarded. Is she considered to be another neglected ABT soloist who should, but probably won’t be promoted if she stays at ABT?
  21. More casts. Note that Kochetkova is dancing on the 23rd at 7 pm and the 24th at 4 pm. Even more interesting to note: ABT soloist (and, according to her bio, San Francisco native) Sarah Lane is guesting in the GPdD for two performances: on the 22nd at 2 pm, and the 23rd at 7 pm. Let the fevered speculations begin. Nutcracker - Monday, December 21, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Ricardo Bustamante Queen and King of the Snow: Koto Ishihara, Gennadi Nedvigin Sugar Plum Fairy: Norika Matsuyama Grand Pas de Deux: Lauren Strongin^, Joseph Walsh Nutcracker - Monday, December 21, 2015 - 7pm Conductor: David LaMarche Drosselmeyer: Pascal Molat Sugar Plum Fairy: Vanessa Zahorian Grand Pas de Deux: Sasha De Sola, Davit Karapetyan Nutcracker - Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: David LaMarche Drosselmeyer: Ricardo Bustamante Queen and King of the Snow: WanTing Zhao, Carlo Di Lanno Sugar Plum Fairy: Dores André Grand Pas de Deux: Sarah Lane+, Vitor Luiz Nutcracker - Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 7pm Conductor: David LaMarche Drosselmeyer: Pascal Molat Queen and King of the Snow: Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham Sugar Plum Fairy: Sasha De Sola Grand Pas de Deux: Vanessa Zahorian, Taras Domitro Nutcracker - Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Pascal Molat Queen and King of the Snow: Dores André, Hansuke Yamamoto Sugar Plum Fairy: Mathilde Froustey Grand Pas de Deux: Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets Nutcracker - Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 7pm Conductor: David LaMarche Drosselmeyer: Rubén Martín Cintas Queen and King of the Snow: Maria Kochetkova, Gennadi Nedvigin Sugar Plum Fairy: Vanessa Zahorian Grand Pas de Deux: Sarah Lane+, Vitor Luiz Nutcracker - Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 11am Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Rubén Martín Cintas Queen and King of the Snow: Vanessa Zahorian, Taras Domitro Sugar Plum Fairy: Sofiane Sylve Grand Pas de Deux: Mathilde Froustey, Carlo Di Lanno Nutcracker - Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 4pm Conductor: David LaMarche Drosselmeyer: Val Caniparoli Queen and King of the Snow: Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham Sugar Plum Fairy: Sasha De Sola Grand Pas de Deux: Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada + Denotes guest artist. ^ Denotes premiere in role for current production.
  22. That’s true, but Tan and Feijoo aren’t there either, and Sylve is only scheduled once during this part of the run. Keep in mind that between 12/21 and 12/31 there are another 20 performances, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Kochetkova/Tan/Feijoo showed up at some point. And anyway, I’d much prefer to see soloists and corp members in these roles; it’s a good way to check out the talent below principal level.
  23. Casting through December 20. San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker Choreography: Helgi Tomasson Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 7pm--Opening Night Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Val Caniparoli Queen and King of the Snow: Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham Sugar Plum Fairy: Vanessa Zahorian Grand Pas de Deux: Frances Chung, Davit Karapetyan Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Ming Luke Drosselmeyer: Pascal Molat^ Queen and King of the Snow: Sasha De Sola, Steven Morse Sugar Plum Fairy: Julia Rowe Grand Pas de Deux: Vanessa Zahorian, Taras Domitro Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 7pm Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Val Caniparoli Queen and King of the Snow: Lauren Strongin*^, Vitor Luiz Sugar Plum Fairy: Jahna Frantziskonis*^ Grand Pas de Deux: Frances Chung, Davit Karapetyan Friday, December 18, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Pascal Molat Queen and King of the Snow: Koto Ishihara, Joseph Walsh Sugar Plum Fairy: Dores André Grand Pas de Deux: Mathilde Froustey, Carlo Di Lanno*^ Friday, December 18, 2015 - 7pm Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Ricardo Bustamante Queen and King of the Snow: Jennifer Stahl, Luke Ingham Sugar Plum Fairy: Sasha De Sola Grand Pas de Deux: Frances Chung, Carlos Quenedit Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Ricardo Bustamante Queen and King of the Snow: Sasha De Sola, Steven Morse Sugar Plum Fairy: Norika Matsuyama Grand Pas de Deux: Dores Andre, Luke Ingham Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 7pm Conductor: Martin West Drosselmeyer: Rubén Martín Cintas Queen and King of the Snow: Koto Ishihara, Gennadi Nedvigin Sugar Plum Fairy: Jennifer Stahl Grand Pas de Deux: Mathilde Froustey, Carlo Di Lanno Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: David LaMarche Drosselmeyer: Rubén Martín Cintas Queen and King of the Snow: Lauren Strongin, Hansuke Yamamoto Sugar Plum Fairy: Jahna Frantziskonis Grand Pas de Deux: Sasha De Sola, Luke Ingham Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 7pm Conductor: David LaMarche Drosselmeyer: Val Caniparoli Queen and King of the Snow: WanTing Zhao, Carlo Di Lanno^ Sugar Plum Fairy: Mathilde Froustey Grand Pas de Deux: Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets * Denotes dancer premiere in current production. ^ Denotes premiere in role for current production.
  24. I guess we'll get our wish. From Mathilde Froustey's Facebook.
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