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PeggyR

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  1. The problem (for me, at least) is this: Forsythe has been around for donkey’s years: he’s taken his lumps and he’s paid his dues. Love his work or hate it, ’Living Legend’ (good Legend, bad Legend, whatever) isn’t beyond belief. Peck, on the other hand, can’t be more than 30, maybe younger. If he’s a ‘superstar’ now, where is there to go? BTW, has anyone seen Pas/Parts? Any opinions? Here’s a review of a few of Forsythe’s works, including Pas/Parts, from the New York Times.
  2. Here are the rest of the casts for the R&J run. Note Dores Andre (and Luke Ingham) debuting at the May 9 matinee. Can I call them or what (see post #7). No Frances Chung, though. Maybe debuting in Giselle was enough trauma for one season. Friday, May 08, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Ming Luke Juliet: Mathilde Froustey Romeo: Carlo Di Lanno Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Juliet: Dores Andre* Romeo: Luke Ingham* Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Ming Luke Juliet: Vanessa Zahorian Romeo: Joan Boada Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Juliet: Sarah Van Patten Romeo: Carlos Quenedit Back to Top
  3. Isn't the Forsythe the 'living legend...Paris Opera...' etc? Agree this isn't a terribly exciting season, but I am glad to see Dances at a Gathering again, as well as Drink to me... . So, is Peck a 'superstar' dancer or a 'superstar' choreographer? He seems pretty young to be either.
  4. Just out of curiosity: why 'especially De Sola'? I like her in highly technical roles, but I've always found her rather stiff through the upper body and a little chilly despite the fixed smile. Also, why is she 'out'? As to Helimets: has he ever been cast as Romeo here? I can't really see him in that role; he's a good actor but a bit stolid (well, let's call it dignified) - not my image of the impetuous and youthful Romeo. Of course, other dancers have surprised me (like Chung and her beautiful Giselle), so no reason why Helmets wouldn't be a good Romeo. I do find in interesting that male soloists are sometimes cast in principal roles in full lengths (di Lanno this year, Hernandez as Franz if memory serves, Quenedit as Basilio, maybe others), but I don't remember any female soloists as O/O or Juliet, Kitri, etc. Have there been any in the past 10 or so years?
  5. Don’t forget there are four more casts to be announced: Friday 5/8, Saturday 5/9 at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday, May 10 at 2 pm. I’m still hoping for a Chung Juliet, plus another for Van Patten would be great. Apparently female soloists aren't often given this kind of lead, but I'd love to see Dores Andre. She has developed tremendously since her promotion to soloist and I think she'd be a lovely Juliet. Although there’s a video of Het National Ballet with Sylve as Juliet, I don’t believe she has danced it at SFB; not sure if Feijoo has performed it here, but certainly not recently.
  6. I thought that was odd too. I wouldn't be surprised if the casting changes for one of them. They were partnered in Symphony #9 and were very good. My subscription tickets are Saturday matinee, so I'm looking forward to seeing them.
  7. Most, but not quite all, of the casts; still to come 5/8, 5/9 and 5/10. Note guest Romeo, Vito Mazzeo, on 5/2 8 pm and 5/3 2 pm. I'm surprised that so far Frances Chung isn't cast; she seems like a natural for this. Very glad to see Van Patten/Quenedit for opening night. ROMEO & JULIET Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Friday, May 01, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Ming Luke Juliet: Sarah Van Patten Romeo: Carlos Quenedit Saturday, May 02, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Ming Luke Juliet: Mathilde Froustey* Romeo: Carlo Di Lanno* Saturday, May 02, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Martin West Juliet: Yuan Yuan Tan Romeo: Vito Mazzeo+ +guest artist Sunday, May 03, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Juliet: Yuan Yuan Tan Romeo: Vito Mazzeo+ +guest artist Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Martin West Juliet: Maria Kochetkova Romeo: Davit Karapetyan Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 7:30pm Conductor: Ming Luke Juliet: Vanessa Zahorian Romeo: Joan Boada Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Martin West Juliet: Maria Kochetkova Romeo: Davit Karapetyan
  8. Well, we get so few major companies touring to the San Francisco Bay Area, I guess seeing the Mariinsky in a ballet a lot of people hated is better than not seeing the Mariinsky at all.
  9. Cal Performances announces its 2015-16 season. Mariinsky Ballet is bringing Ratmansky's Cinderella to Berkeley 10/1 to 10/4/2015. (Is that the one everybody hated?)
  10. Saw the Saturday matinee too. I love 4Ts too and wondered how others with more Balanchine watching experience felt about this performance. Agree about Van Patten and Helimets (that's a good partnership) and I thought Lonnie Weeks did well with Melancholic, although it also seemed to me that some of the rest looked a little mushy rather than clearcut and sharp. I was all prepared to hate Swimmer but ended up liking it, although the Hollywood and Aquarium segments could be given the heave ho. The opening video was brilliant. And was there ever an odder 'odd couple' than Tom Waits and pointe shoes? Oh yes, Caprice: [snore].
  11. For my money, Symphony #9 is the masterpiece of the three, even though I'd guess Piano Concerto #1 will end up being the one most often performed as a standalone. Re the Tan/Kochetkova pairing: On 4/11 I saw both performances and agree that MK isn't shown at her best. At the matinee, the pairings were Sylve/Helimets, Chung/Boada. All were excellent but Frances Chung just nailed it; very much her role (and she just seems to get better every time I see her). Like you, I was thinking this really needs to be filmed, although it would take a sensitive director to do it justice.
  12. Aw, come on sandik - taxes, ballet videos: what could possibly be more important?
  13. VAI Dance DVD sale. Their DVDs tend to be pricey, so these sales are a good opportunity to fill in some holes in your collection.
  14. Still no editing or quoting, but in reply to both Josette and seattle_dancer: I really hope Domitro is OK; he was superb in that role when I saw him last year. It's been wonderful watching Domitro the dancer develop into Domitro the artist over the past few years. This time around I saw Mungamba on Saturday matinee and I agree, he was equally superb. He's definitely one I've got my eye on. I'd like to see him cast as, e.g., Hilarion to see if he can create and sustain a character and not just rely on his beautiful dancing. seattle_dancer: I wondered about the height difference too. I've seen it with 3 different casts and the taller dancer has alwsays been the protective one; I just assumed it was deliberate, but from what you saw at ABT, maybe not. Re Karapetyan in Chamber Symphony: At the Saturday matinee, Ruben Martin Cintas danced that role, and in all honesty, he was barely adequate compared to DK. (Interestingly, I has the same reaction to the two of them dancing Onegin.) Aside from being a superb technician, Karapetyan can act, I mean really act, not just do the 'Oh, I'm unhappy' or whatever gestures. He brings those emotions up from inside and it makes all the difference. His interactions with the three women in his life were filled with humor, affection, frustration, agony, you name it. Martin Cintas just danced with three other female dancers. (I don't mean to be hard on Martin Cintas; I like him and have seen him give many fine performances, but this just isn't his role.)
  15. California, on 15 Apr 2015 - 07:26 AM, said: Do we know when SFB will actually announce their 2016 schedule? What has been the practice in the past? If memory serves, it's usually early to mid-April, so about now. However, as noted in the first post of this thread, subscribers got an email saying: "We are working out the final details for our 2016 Repertory Season..." I wonder if they anticipated the fevered speculation that would result from those tantalizing hints? mussel, on 15 Apr 2015 - 07:11 AM, said: RB just announced 2015/16, Scarlett's new full length Frankenstein is co-production with SFB, it'll premier on 5/4/16, so I assume it'll be part of 2017 season: http://www.roh.org.u...y-liam-scarlett Frankenstein, The Ballet. Hmmmm. I can see Dracula as a ballet (it's been done at other companies, I believe; and wasn't there a Dracula movie with ballet some years ago?), but a full-length Frankenstein. Should be interesting. Has Scarlett done any story ballets? Added: don't know what's wrong but all the editing tools (quotes, etc) are grayed out.
  16. Any giddy extrapolations about "... a new work by a young superstar -- his first for SF Ballet."?
  17. Swan Lake is certainly due for a return, but I can't see that as the "...enchanting full-length for the entire family,...". That sounds more like Sleeping Beauty or Coppelia, or maybe even the Wheeldon Cinderella. I could live without Cinderella, but agree with Josette: I'd love to see Coppelia again. Since we now seem to be getting three full lengths every season, how about SL, SB and Coppelia for 2016? And if they are going to keep up the trend toward more full lengths in the future (I sincerely hope they stop at three per season), I wish they would bring in more variety. Didn't they do Mark Morris' Sylvia some years ago? Could they rent productions of Raymonda, or Esmeralda, or Bayadere from somebody? I agree and really hope Froustey stays (thank you Spell Check for trying, but her name is NOT Frosty!). With Tan and Feijoo both at least 40, they are going to need more female principals (currently 8 females and 10 males after Molat retires at the end of this season, although Jaime Garcia Castilla almost never performs).
  18. Just a teaser, unfortunately. I’m hoping for Sleeping Beauty for the story ballet. I like full-lengths, but we’ve had an endless round of Giselle, Don Q and R&J lately. Time for a change. Curious to know about the “…work by a living legend that has only ever been performed by the Paris Opera Ballet…” Any guesses? And what about the ‘young superstar’? Justin Peck, maybe?
  19. I just got around to reading the SFBallet e-news letter for April. Here’s how Swimmer is described: I make no claims to being the least bit imaginative, so I’ll just wait and see how Cheever’s bleak story is translated into a “…grand-scale theatrical romp…”
  20. According to the casting list (as of now, anyway), Taras Domitro will be first cast.
  21. Here's a link to the original John Cheever short story, The Swimmer. posted by the Library of America.
  22. Initial casts. Shostakovich Trilogy Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky Music: Dmitri Shostakovich Wednesday, April 08, 2015 - 7:30pm Conductor: Martin West Symphony #9 Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit Vanessa Zahorian*, James Sofranko Taras Domitro INTERMISSION Chamber Symphony Davit Karapetyan Dores Andre, Mathilde Froustey, Sarah Van Patten INTERMISSION Piano Concerto #1 Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets Frances Chung, Joan Boada Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Martin West Symphony #9 Sarah Van Patten, Carlos Quenedit Vanessa Zahorian, James Sofranko Taras Domitro INTERMISSION Chamber Symphony Davit Karapetyan Dores Andre, Mathilde Froustey, Sarah Van Patten INTERMISSION Piano Concerto #1 Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets Frances Chung, Joan Boada ETA link to casting.
  23. PeggyR

    Isaac Hernandez

    Isaac Hernandez is joining English National Ballet as a Lead Principal.
  24. I saw this production when it was new: bright and colorful, a bit cartoonish, but that's OK for Don Q. I'm seeing Chung/Domitro, Froustey/Quenedit and Feijoo/Luiz, all of whom should be good. I saw Chung last time around and she (predictably) was a delight, although she injected a note of unintentional humor when she came out for the Act 3 wedding pdd wearing one ankle warmer.
  25. Casts (Kitri and Basilio only) for the entire run. Don Quixote Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov (after Gorsky and Petipa) Composer: Léon Minkus Friday, March 20, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Mathilde Froustey Basilio: Carlos Quenedit Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Ming Luke Kitri: Frances Chung Basilio: Taras Domitro Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Maria Kochetkova Basilio: Joan Boada Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Vanessa Zahorian Basilio: Davit Karapetyan Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Lorena Feijoo Basilio: Vitor Luiz Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 7:30pm Conductor: Ming Luke Kitri: Frances Chung Basilio: Taras Domitro Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Maria Kochetkova Basilio: Gennadi Nedvigin Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Mathilde Froustey Basilio: Carlos Quenedit Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8pm Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Vanessa Zahorian Basilio: Davit Karapetyan Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 2pm Conductor: Martin West Kitri: Lorena Feijoo Basilio: Vitor Luiz
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