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  1. Join in viewing the livestream of SFB's Company Ballet Class - https://www.sfballet.org/sf-ballet-company-class-live-stream/ Today (Thursday 3/26) Tina Le Blanc will lead the class. It will begin at 1 PM PDT.
  2. SFB had a live stream of virtual ballet class led by Felipe Diaz. Not sure how long the link will be up, but check it out:
  3. Posted on the SFB website: https://www.sfballet.org/a-message-regarding-the-covid-19-virus/ UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020 With the health and safety of our patrons, community, artists, and workforce as our first priority, San Francisco Ballet remains responsive to changing conditions surrounding COVID-19. In compliance with the City of San Francisco’s March 16 public health order requiring all residents in six counties to stay home starting Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, April 7 except for essential needs, I want to share with you that unfortunately, San Francisco Ballet has suspended all remaining performances of the 2020 Season. This includes Jewels (April 15 – 21) and Romeo & Juliet (May 1 – 10). This decision follows previous announcements confirming the suspension of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Program 05, and Program 06 (March 7 – April 5) due to the limitation of public gatherings through April 30th. This suspension also includes all public education and special events that were previously scheduled for March and part of April. During this time, we will continue to provide updates via email, as well as on our website and social media channels. Please note: due to the closure of our offices, SF Ballet Ticket and Patron Services will not be available by phone, but will be available for your inquiries via email at tickets@sfballet.org. All of us at San Francisco Ballet are deeply touched by the outpouring of concern and support from so many of you. Please know that during these extraordinary times, we are exploring ways to stay connected with our valued patrons, and remain in close discussion with the arts sector to find ways we can bring live performances back to the community. TICKET HOLDERS OF CANCELED PERFORMANCES For those of you who have missed, or will miss, your performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Program 05, Program 06, Jewels, and/or Romeo & Juliet, we are happy to offer you two options: We sincerely hope you will consider donating your tickets back to SF Ballet as a tax-deductible contribution. In this crisis, we need your support more than ever. If you have already donated or requested a credit for your tickets, you do not need to make a selection again, thank you. You may opt to receive a credit for the face value of your ticket(s). This credit may be used toward the 2021 Season, through May 9, 2021. Please note this does not include Nutcracker or special event related performances. Please click the button below and complete the form. In addition, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson wants to be sure that our valued patrons do not miss out on what is truly a magnificent production – therefore, we are happy to inform you that A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be included as part of the 2021 Repertory Season.
  4. I really hate to post this, but SFB has posted to their FB page that the remainder of the 2020 Season has been suspended. I am sure that it was a difficult decision, but even if the company were allowed to return on April 7 (?), that would only be one week to get Jewels ready. Here is the post:
  5. And here is the IG post from SFB: This link to a cute video (featuring Sarah Van Patten as Helena & Julia Rowe as Lead Butterfly) about hand washing on the SFB FB also provides info: https://www.facebook.com/sfballet/videos/vb.27923251292/1619286308221173/?type=2&theater
  6. It appears to be a performance with the Saturday night cast, which was to include Sasha De Sola as Titania. It's not specified in the SFB IG post, but Sasha De Sola & Benjamin Freemantle posted on their IG accounts. Other dancers posted on IG stories, but alas unable to link to the posts. I have not yet received any email how this can be accessed for ticket holders but will provide info when available. I'll also check the SFB board for more info (haven't been on BA for a few days....)
  7. Programs 5&6 now cancelled - https://www.sfballet.org/a-message-regarding-the-covid-19-virus/
  8. Yes, Programs 5 & 6 are cancelled - https://www.sfballet.org/a-message-regarding-the-covid-19-virus/ I expected this after Governor Newsom announced the recommendation about events with over 250 people. Hamilton, The Last Ship, & Harry Potter also cancelled performances.
  9. The website has been updated with information for ticketholders: https://www.sfballet.org/a-message-regarding-the-covid-19-virus/ From the announcement: UPDATE: MARCH 10, 2020 San Francisco Ballet continues to explore recovery response options in light of the mandatory closing of the War Memorial Opera House from March 6 through March 20, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 directive issued by the City of San Francisco. At this time, all other San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School events and activities not taking place at the War Memorial Opera House are scheduled to proceed as planned. Any changes will be posted to our website or sent to you directly by email. These unprecedented circumstances pose severe financial repercussions for our community and SF Ballet. As a non-profit arts organization, ticket sales only account for 50% of what it takes to support a world-class ballet company. Our patrons are our livelihood and the primary source of joy for our dancers. We value you immensely and thank you for your continued support. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM TICKET HOLDERS For those of you who missed your performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we are happy to offer you two options: We hope you will consider donating the cost of your ticket back to the organization which will help support our artists and ongoing operations during this challenging time. You may opt to receive a credit for the face value of your ticket(s). This credit may be used toward any regularly scheduled performance for the remainder of the 2020 Season, or the 2021 Season, through May 9, 2021. Please note this does not include Nutcracker or special event related performances. Please click the button below and complete the form.
  10. I was at tonight's opening (and now only) performance of A Midsummer NIght's Dream. Why did it take so long to bring it back after 30+ years?? The entire company was wonderful. In addition to the already posted cast (Yuan Yuan Tan as Titania, Joseph Walsh as Oberon, Esteban Hernandez as Puck, Wona Park as Lead Butterfly, Angelo Grecp/Misa Kuranaga as Act 2 Divertissement), we had Helena-Mathilde Froustey, Hermia-Dores Andre, Lysander-Benjamin Freemantle, Demetrius-Ulrik Birkjaer, Theseus-Luke Ingham, Titania's Cavalier-Tiit Helimets, and Bottom-Alexandre Cagnat. The entire company was in wonderful form. Yuan Yuan was a really lovely Titania, Esteban a very spirited Puck. I have never seen Jennifer Stahl dance with so much verve. I am just so disappointed that we will not be able to see any more performances now that there is an order to close all performance venues for the next two weeks. I may most more but I am just gutted right now about the decision to close the venues. I feel the most badly for the dancers who worked so hard for these performances - and not there won't be any more this season. I posted pics of the program cover, cast sheet, and the view from my seat on FB which I have made public (just this post) so you should be able to see - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10221456940523087&set=pcb.10221456942923147&type=3&theater. Here is a link to the War Memorial website with the closure announcement - https://sfwarmemorial.org/notices.
  11. I found out about the closure during the intermission. I was working the pop-up table when my fellow volunteer said 'so I guess tonight's performance is the opening and closing one' and said 'WHAT??!?!?' - then she showed me a text from her friend with a link to the announcement on https://sfwarmemorial.org/notices/. My heart really goes out to the dancers who worked so hard to bring this performance to life. It was a wonderful performance (I will post more in the Midsummer Night's thread) and I was really looking forward to more. I hope that Midsummer will be part of next season. This also wipes out the SF Symphony performances I was going to next Friday.... Plus - it had made me rethink my Seattle trip....
  12. No - the press release states she is joining as Ballet Master & Principal Dancer (and so is former ABT dancer Marcelo Gomes).
  13. Here is the link to the press release - scroll to page 3 of the document: https://www.semperoper.de/fileadmin/semperoper/bilder/presse/pressefotos_pk_2020-21/Pressemappe_PK_2020-21_en.pdf SFB has posted this on their FB page:
  14. Another dancer posting a pic from rehearsal.... https://www.instagram.com/p/B9KFxoygniHBzCL2l9Dip4BR4yzAJyn0sCdOgg0/
  15. Casting for the entire run is now posted - https://www.sfballet.org/tickets/casting/ Notable debuts in the last performance on Sunday 3/15 (which I will miss since I have a ticket for the Trocks in Berkeley): Sasha Mukhamdeov as Titania and Max Cauthorn as Oberon. Other notable debuts for Hippolyta: Ami Yuki on Sunday 3/8 and Kimberley Marie Olivier on Wednesday 3/11. Update 3/2: Diego Cruz is now listed for Puck on Sunday 3/15
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