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This came across my YouTube page:  

 

Trying to find more information on SFBallet.org and will post more information as I find it.  I will also search my emails to see if the company has sent any information to subscribers.

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A press release was posted to SFBallet.org:  https://www.sfballet.org/discover/press-center/press-releases/release/san-francisco-ballet-announces-2021-digital-season/?fbclid=IwAR2duMIul6_P5hn8Fm5Z6tyMUkPasZmRuQ3J6l_eKvM6CfH-WezMe9rWQ34

PDF of press release:  https://cdn.sfballet.org/2019/10/27122047/Digital-Season-Announcement-Final.pdf

Tickets will go on sale November 17 per FB post:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=639181936771524

I renewed my subscription, so not sure how this will work but will provide info if I find something....

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Looks like there has been some shifting of the programs per this document on the choreographers:  https://cdn.sfballet.org/20201023092452/2021SeasonChoreographers.pdf

Programs by Choreographer:

Program 1:  Balanchine (Midsummer)

Program 2:  Mark Morris, Dwight Rhoden, Myles Thatcher

Program 3:  Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Danielle Rowe

Program 4:  Balanchine (Jewels)

Program 5:  David Dawson, Cathy Marston, Helgi Tomasson

Program 6:  Tomasson (Romeo & Juliet)

Program 7:  Tomasson (Swan Lake)

George Balanchine is listed for Program 1-A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Originally Program 1 was a mixed bill which included new works by Myles Thatcher and Danielle Rowe, plus the return of Possokhov's Swimmer.

Myles Thatcher has been moved to Program 2.  His new piece was previously slated for Program 1.  Also on Program 2 are Mark Morris's Sandpaper Ballet (which was part of the 2020 season) and Dwight Rhoden's Let's Begin at the End (part of the 2018 Unbound Festival).  Looks like we will have to wait for a new Mark Morris piece - but very happy to see Sandpaper Ballet again.

Alexei Ratmansky is listed for Symphony #9 on Program 3, which if you recall is the opening section of the Shostakovich Trilogy.  It looks like the SFB premiere of The Seasons will be delayed again.  Danielle Rowe is now on Program 3, along with Possokhov's Swimmer.  

George Balanchine's Jewels is Program 4 - originally it was Midsummer.

Program 5 is now a mixed bill with the (long delayed) return of David Dawson's Anima Animus, the long awaited premiere of Cathy Marston's Mrs. Robinson, and Helgi Tomasson's 7 for Eight.

Programs 6 & 7 are still Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet, but the order is now reversed.

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Thanks for posting all this info, SF_Herminator.
Being an out-of-towner these days, I can't tell you how happy I am to hear I may get a chance to view the entire season at home.   ;)   That would be truly incredible.

Anima Animus without either Sylve or Kochetkova is going to be interesting. A number of dancers  will get the chance to make it their own. How Swimmer is going to be filmed - that will be interesting to hear about in itself.

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4 minutes ago, California said:

I'm confused. The entire spring season will be on-line? Will these be recordings from previous seasons? New performances on stage to an empty theater?

From the little bits of information I've been hearing, I think SFB was wanting to perform either to an empty theater or to a 25% audience theater - either way, but the performance would be filmed. It's possible that something would be older footage, but a number of these programs would have to be brand new performances.

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8 minutes ago, California said:

I'm confused. The entire spring season will be on-line? Will these be recordings from previous seasons? New performances on stage to an empty theater?

My guess is it will be a combination.  The new works will be created with current social distancing guidelines applied.  I have heard some details about one of the pieces, but because it was not in a public forum I will not divulge the info - besides, things are constantly changing that it might be something completely different from the original concept.  From the press release (https://cdn.sfballet.org/2019/10/27122047/Digital-Season-Announcement-Final.pdf) one of the mainlines state:  New digitally conceived Swan Lake based on Helgi Tomasson’s original choreography, as well as a new film capture of George Balanchine’s Emeralds.  Regarding the new works:  Tomasson curated a reimagined season that includes three world premieres by Cathy Marston, Danielle Rowe, and Myles Thatcher fully conceived for film.

 

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3 minutes ago, pherank said:

From the little bits of information I've been hearing, I think SFB was wanting to perform either to an empty theater or to a 25% audience theater - either way, but the performance would be filmed. It's possible that something would be older footage, but a number of these programs would have to be brand new performances.

I would LOVE to see them do Ratmansky's Symphony #9 (my favorite from the Trilogy), but that's a fairly large ensemble. Swan Lake? That's a lot of people on stage, which makes me wonder if that is a tape of a performance from years back (along with their R&J and Jewels). We did see their R&J with Kochetkova (was that on the Lincoln Center digital offerings?) The subscription for the whole season is pricey ($289) but with some real advantages -- like unlimited viewing of each program over 7 days, instead of just 24  hours. Hopefully, they'll post more specificity for all the programs.

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1 hour ago, California said:

I would LOVE to see them do Ratmansky's Symphony #9 (my favorite from the Trilogy), but that's a fairly large ensemble. Swan Lake? That's a lot of people on stage, which makes me wonder if that is a tape of a performance from years back (along with their R&J and Jewels). We did see their R&J with Kochetkova (was that on the Lincoln Center digital offerings?) The subscription for the whole season is pricey ($289) but with some real advantages -- like unlimited viewing of each program over 7 days, instead of just 24  hours. Hopefully, they'll post more specificity for all the programs.

The R&B would likely be the newer version with Froustey and Di Lanno (which we got to see back in May). I wouldn't mind seeing Symphony #9 with original cast, such as Davit Karapetyan, but new cast would obviously be of interest too. Swan Lake was performed not so long ago at SFB, so they may have film of multiple casts. I do hope that Jewels will be all new performances.

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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 new roles.  Plus, needing so many fewer dancers, can the company keep them all employed?

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2 hours ago, PeggyR said:

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?

I believe that is what is doable. And there is still the option of live performances with minimal audience size at this point. Taping multiple casts is an interesting idea, but I would think that would get really expensive.

"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 new roles.  Plus, needing so many fewer dancers, can the company keep them all employed?"

That is the question. But SFB has been resolute about maintaining the company size - keeping the artists has always been mentioned as a top priority. Thus the ticket price for a digital season (they haven't said whether there will be smaller packages available too). I think we have to consider subscription prices to be partly a donation towards the company's survival. It's not going to be about offering a "good deal" as compared to going to a sporting event, for example. And of course there's nothing to compare to yet - this is all happening for the first time, and every strategy and tactic will have a risk attached.

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Misa Kuranaga:

"I smiled like Juliet in balcony scene today 😊 This photo was taken by @e_tomasson exactly a year ago when I debuted in Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo and Juliet in Copenhagen with @sfballet on our tour. And today after 7 months of lockdown, we are finally back in the studio and I’m working on a new creation with my favorite people. I’m very thankful for San Francisco Ballet for working very hard to figure this out very safely to be able to start back again."

https://www.instagram.com/p/CG54sMrnEr-/


Aaron Robison alludes to training for Swan Lake:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CG0d8Z6l5hC/

 

And from SFB:

"A truly thrilling moment at SF Ballet today—in addition to company class (shown here, with @sashadesola) the dancers restarted rehearsals, carefully following strict protocols designed to maximize safety, and with the guidance and approval of @sfdph. They're starting to work on world premieres by @_danirowe_ and @mylesthatcher that will be filmed for the 2021 Digital Season.
A huge shout out to the Operations, Facilities, Wellness, Artistic, and Leadership teams who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make this possible, as well as to our dedicated Company Physician Dr. Richard Gibbs!"

https://www.instagram.com/p/CG58yCiBtxQ/

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More specifics here about the digital season:

https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/dance/s-f-ballet-announces-a-full-digital-dance-season-for-2021

'Three of the four previously announced world premieres — by choreographers Cathy Marston, Danielle Rowe and Myles Thatcher — remain on the schedule and have been reconceived for video, Tomasson said.

Thatcher’s still-untitled work, scheduled for Program 2 (Feb. 11-March 3), will be recorded in part at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rowe’s “Wooden Dimes” (Program 3, March 4-24) is a dance video about love set in the Roaring ’20s. And Marston’s “Mrs. Robinson,” inspired by “The Graduate,” will be recorded on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House with an introduction shot at the Fairmont Hotel.

“A lot of people put on their thinking caps to try and find new ways of looking at things,” Tomasson said. “From our point of view, all we want to do is be back on stage within the theater. But in the meantime, we are trying to be creative and do things a different way.”'

It IS a shame that Ratmansky’s The Seasons is not going to be performed, and there hasn't been any explanation about why. That ballet would have already been through rehearsals for the 2019 season, right? So the dancers would just need a couple of weeks to reacquaint themselves with the choreography. So is Ratmansky unavailable (even remotely) to fine-tune things for the digital season?

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