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From Instagram: "After 17 months, we’re headed back onstage! On August 13 & 14, SF Ballet will dance at @FrostAmphitheater, in partnership with @StanfordLive. Starry Nights: SF Ballet's Return to the Stage will feature George Balanchine’s Serenade, Helgi Tomasson’s The Fifth Season, Danielle Rowe’s For Pixie, Balanchine’s Tarantella, and a to-be-determined pas de deux. Join us for two brilliant summer evenings of ballet’s stars under the stars, including music played by @SFBalletOrch. 💫
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting July 10." 

STARRY NIGHTS: SF BALLET'S RETURN TO THE STAGE

Join us for San Francisco Ballet’s long-awaited return to live performances, featuring a thrilling blend of poetry and athleticism. In partnership with Stanford Live at the Frost Amphitheater, the two-performance program on August 13–14 will feature George Balanchine’s transcendent, luminous Serenade, set to a soaring Tchaikovsky score, and Helgi Tomasson’s elegant and sleek The Fifth Season, set to music by Karl Jenkins. Danielle Rowe’s powerful For Pixie, set to the music of Nina Simone; Balanchine’s spirited Tarantella, set to Gottschalk; and to-be-determined pas de deux round out these brilliant summer evenings of ballet’s stars under the stars.

SERENADE

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

THE FIFTH SEASON

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Karl Jenkins

FOR PIXIE

Choreographer: Danielle Rowe
Composer: Nina Simone

Tarantella

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk


Dates: August 13 & 14, 2021

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Frost Amphitheater
Stanford University
351 Lasuen St.
Stanford, CA 94305

https://www.sfballet.org/calendar/starry-nights-sf-ballets-return-to-the-stage/

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Thanks for posting this, pherank! I would love to attend. But, looking at photos of the Frost Amphitheater leaves me doubtful about it as a venue for ballet. Can anyone who has been there weigh in on what it's like, seating options, sight lines, and so on? Maybe it's worth it in any case, just for the return to live performance. 

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8 hours ago, cobweb said:

Thanks for posting this, pherank! I would love to attend. But, looking at photos of the Frost Amphitheater leaves me doubtful about it as a venue for ballet. Can anyone who has been there weigh in on what it's like, seating options, sight lines, and so on? Maybe it's worth it in any case, just for the return to live performance. 

Here are some images of Frost Amphitheater with social distancing-seating in place:

https://live.stanford.edu/venues/frost-amphitheater

I haven't attended a performance there myself. Should be quite nice if it isn't really hot. I imagine Serenade is going to be like a religious experience after the long quarantine.

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Casting for the Stanford Frost Amphitheater is up:

SERENADE

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Sandra Jennings
Costume Design: after Karinska
Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates

Conductor: Martin West

Frances Chung, Wona Park, Jennifer Stahl
Luke Ingham, Wei Wang

Isabella DeVivo, Norika Matsuyama
Leili Rackow*, Julia Rowe

Kamryn Baldwin, Ludmila Bizalion, Samantha Bristow, Olivia Brothers
Megan Amanda Ehrlich, Gabriela Gonzalez, Anatalia Hordov, Ellen Rose Hummel
Elizabeth Mateer, Carmela Mayo, Swane Messaoudi, Lauren Parrott, Maggie Weirich

Estéban Cuadrado, Joshua Jack Price, Jacob Seltzer, Mingxuan Wang

II
TARANTELLA
Composer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Helgi Tomasson and Sandra Jennings
Costume Design: after Karinska

Conductor: Martin West
Piano: Natal’ya Feygina

Sasha De Sola, Esteban Hernandez

III
FOR PIXIE
Music: Nina Simone
Choreographer: Danielle Rowe
Costume Design: Lauren Strongin
Lighting Design: Jim French

Dores André, Joseph Walsh

IV
SOIRÉES MUSICALES
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: Ann Beck
Lighting Design: Kevin Connaughton

Conductor: Martin West

Misa Kuranaga, Angelo Greco

V
THE FIFTH SEASON
Composer: Karl Jenkins
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Scenic and Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Michael Mazzola

Conductor: Martin West

The Fifth Season
Wona Park, Aaron Robison

Ellen Rose Hummel, Norika Matsuyama, Carmela Mayo, Lauren Parrott
Estéban Cuadrado, Joshua Jack Price, Jacob Seltzer, Mingxuan Wang

Waltz
Sarah Van Patten, WanTing Zhao
Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham

Romance
Wona Park, Aaron Robison

Tango
Sarah Van Patten
Aaron Robison, Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham

Largo
WanTing Zhao, Tiit Helimets

Bits
Ensemble

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