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Paris Sends Out for a Festival
by ALLAN ULRICH for the New York Times

Why the San Francisco Ballet? "The company displays a wonderful homogeneity," said Mr. Colin, a former corps dancer at the Paris Opera, by telephone from his office in Paris. "The dancers come from Cuba, Spain, China, France and America, yet never does one see a disparity in their performances. The San Francisco Ballet dances with a uniformity of style and respect for classical values that is rare today."

published: July 3, 2005
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SFB Principal Muriel Maffre will be sending a series of first-hand reports from Paris. Here is the first installment in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Maffre Report #1


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It's light and pretty for Paris dog days
by CLEMENT CRISP for the Financial Times

(That the façade of the Hôtel de Rohan boasts tremendous baroque statues of the seasons is something of a reproach to what Wheeldon does.)

published: July 7, 2005
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On a Summer Night in Paris, Ballet and a Few Raindrops
by ALAN RIDING for the New York Times

The principal coup, perhaps, came when Mr. Tomasson persuaded Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch and Christopher Wheeldon to create new works to open the event. And although Mr. Wheeldon is British, all three works have a distinctly American verve about them. "Taylor's is light entertainment," Mr. Colin said. "Lubovitch's is very 'West Side Story.' Wheeldon's is a jewel."

published: July 7, 2005
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Casting can be found here.

CASTING

Program 1
Tuesday, July 05, 2005 9:30
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:30
Friday, July 15, 2005 9:30
Saturday, July 16, 2005 9:30

Program 2
Thursday, July 07, 2005 9:30
Friday, July 08, 2005 9:30
Saturday, July 09, 2005 9:30
Monday, July 11, 2005 9:30
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 9:30


Program 1

Program 1 Evening
Tuesday, July 05, 2005 9:30
* Premiere in a role

SPRING ROUNDS
Kristin Long*, Pascal Molat*

Steven Norman*, Jonathan Mangosing*, Megan Low*, Pauli Mageriek*, Dana Genshaft*, Maureen Choi*, Garen Scribner*, Amanda Schull*, Brooke Taylor Moore*, Martyn Garside*, James Sofranko*, Aaron Orza*

-pause-

ELEMENTAL BRUBECK
Gonzalo Garcia*
Katita Waldo*, Stephen Legate*

INTERMISSION

QUATERNARY
Winter Yuan Yuan Tan*, Damian Smith*
Spring Tina LeBlanc*, Nicolas Blanc*
Lorena Feijoo*, Joan Boada*
Summer Muriel Maffre*, Yuri Possokhov*
Autumn Katita Waldo*, Pierre-François Vilanoba*


Program 1 Evening
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:30
SPRING ROUNDS
Kristin Long, Pascal Molat

Steven Norman, Jonathan Mangosing, Megan Low, Pauli Mageriek, Dana Genshaft, Maureen Choi, Garen Scribner, Amanda Schull, Brooke Taylor Moore, Martyn Garside, James Sofranko, Aaron Orza

-pause-

ELEMENTAL BRUBECK
Gonzalo Garcia
Katita Waldo, Stephen Legate

INTERMISSION

QUATERNARY
Winter Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Spring Tina LeBlanc, Nicolas Blanc
Lorena Feijoo, Joan Boada
Summer Muriel Maffre, Yuri Possokhov
Autumn Katita Waldo, Pierre-François Vilanoba


Program 1 Evening
Friday, July 15, 2005 9:30
SPRING ROUNDS
Kristin Long, Pascal Molat

Steven Norman, Jonathan Mangosing, Megan Low, Pauli Mageriek, Dana Genshaft, Maureen Choi, Garen Scribner, Amanda Schull, Brooke Taylor Moore, Martyn Garside, James Sofranko, Aaron Orza

-pause-

ELEMENTAL BRUBECK
Gonzalo Garcia
Katita Waldo, Stephen Legate

INTERMISSION

QUATERNARY
Winter Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Spring Tina LeBlanc, Nicolas Blanc
Lorena Feijoo, Joan Boada
Summer Muriel Maffre, Yuri Possokhov
Autumn Katita Waldo, Pierre-François Vilanoba


Program 1 Evening
Saturday, July 16, 2005 9:30
SPRING ROUNDS
Kristin Long, Pascal Molat

Steven Norman, Jonathan Mangosing, Megan Low, Pauli Mageriek, Dana Genshaft, Maureen Choi, Garen Scribner, Amanda Schull, Brooke Taylor Moore, Martyn Garside, James Sofranko, Aaron Orza

-pause-

ELEMENTAL BRUBECK
Gonzalo Garcia
Katita Waldo, Stephen Legate

INTERMISSION

QUATERNARY
Winter Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Spring Tina LeBlanc, Nicolas Blanc
Lorena Feijoo, Joan Boada
Summer Muriel Maffre, Yuri Possokhov
Autumn Katita Waldo, Pierre-François Vilanoba


Program 2

Program 2 Evening
Thursday, July 07, 2005 9:30
SQUARE DANCE
Tina LeBlanc, Nicolas Blanc

-pause-

7 FOR EIGHT
Yuan Yuan Tan, Yuri Possokhov
Kristin Long, Gonzalo Garcia
Rachel Viselli, Joan Boada
Elizabeth Miner, Nicolas Blanc

INTERMISSION

CONCERTO GROSSO
Pascal Molat
Garrett Anderson, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Rory Hohenstein, Hansuke Yamamoto

-pause-

WHO CARES?
Damian Smith
Lorena Feijoo, Vanessa Zahorian, Sarah Van Patten



Program 2 Evening
Friday, July 08, 2005 9:30
SQUARE DANCE
Vanessa Zahorian, Joan Boada

-pause-

7 FOR EIGHT
Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun, Pierre-François Vilanoba
Tina LeBlanc, Gonzalo Garcia
Frances Chung, Pascal Molat
Elizabeth Miner, Jaime Garcia Castilla

INTERMISSION

CONCERTO GROSSO
Nicolas Blanc
Garrett Anderson, Jonathan Mangosing, Rory Hohenstein, Hansuke Yamamoto

-pause-

WHO CARES?
Stephen Legate
Tina LeBlanc, Kristin Long, Katita Waldo


Program 2 Evening
Saturday, July 09, 2005 9:30
SQUARE DANCE
Tina LeBlanc, Nicolas Blanc

-pause-

7 FOR EIGHT
Yuan Yuan Tan, Yuri Possokhov
Kristin Long, Gonzalo Garcia
Rachel Viselli, Joan Boada
Elizabeth Miner, Nicolas Blanc

INTERMISSION

CONCERTO GROSSO
Pascal Molat
Garrett Anderson, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Rory Hohenstein, Hansuke Yamamoto

-pause-

WHO CARES?
Damian Smith
Lorena Feijoo, Vanessa Zahorian, Sarah Van Patten


Program 2 Evening
Monday, July 11, 2005 9:30
SQUARE DANCE
Kristin Long, Joan Boada

-pause-

7 FOR EIGHT
Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun, Pierre-François Vilanoba
Tina LeBlanc, Gonzalo Garcia
Frances Chung, Pascal Molat
Dores Andre, Jaime Garcia Castilla

INTERMISSION

CONCERTO GROSSO
Nicolas Blanc
Garrett Anderson, Jonathan Mangosing, Rory Hohenstein, Hansuke Yamamoto

-pause-

WHO CARES?
Stephen Legate
Tina LeBlanc, Kristin Long, Katita Waldo



Program 2 Evening
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 9:30
SQUARE DANCE
Tina LeBlanc, Nicolas Blanc

-pause-

7 FOR EIGHT
Yuan Yuan Tan, Yuri Possokhov
Kristin Long, Gonzalo Garcia
Rachel Viselli, Joan Boada
Elizabeth Miner, Nicolas Blanc

INTERMISSION

CONCERTO GROSSO
Pascal Molat
Garrett Anderson, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Rory Hohenstein, Hansuke Yamamoto

-pause-

WHO CARES?
Damian Smith
Lorena Feijoo, Vanessa Zahorian, Sarah Van Patten

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I'm a beginning Spanish student. Today I joined a Spanish language forum for the first time, and whaddya know? Another participant, a guy from Paris, said that the San Francisco Ballet was going to be in Paris and wanted to know whether I knew the company! So I got some good practice in writing something practical in Spanish, while promoting SFB.


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Unfortunately, the first performances of Balanchine/Thomasson evening were cancelled due to the cold weather and the rain :? !

Have you some informations about the Don Quixote cast, I suppose we should see Lorena Feijoo and Joan Boada, but in the other roles ?


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Due to the success of the Balanchine/Thomasson programm, SFB will perform one more date, matinee of 16 july :) !


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By Debra Craine for The Times at Hôtels de Rohan-Soubise, Paris


IT IS an enormous act of optimism to stage an open-air dance festival in Paris in the summer, which is probably why no one has been crazy enough to do so — until now. Last week organisers unveiled the inaugural Les Étés de la danse de Paris and right on cue, there in the formal rose garden of the 18th-century Hôtels de Rohan-Soubise, home of the French National Archives, it duly rained.

It was enough to make one question the foolhardiness of taking on the weather, but not enough to dampen the spirits of 2,000 spectators who came to see America’s San Francisco Ballet launch the three-week £1 million annual festival. On went the plastic macs, out came the plucky dancers (thankfully sheltered by the stage) — audience and performers alike determined that this show would go on.

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From the SF Chronicle.

A little story about that concelled performance:

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French ballet aficionados need a lesson in etiquette
Barbara Newman

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Paris -- Things didn't go well for the opening night of San Francisco Ballet's Program 2 at Les Etés de la Danse de Paris festival. Two nights after Program 1 had its premiere, the sky was clearing as the audience arrived for the outdoor performance, well wrapped against the chilly wind in coats and shawls and carrying umbrellas. They were expecting a program of George Balanchine's "Square Dance" and "Who Cares?" and Helgi Tomasson's "7 for Eight" and "Concerto Grosso," and since France had just lost the 2012 Olympic Games to Britain, they were looking forward to an entertaining evening.


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And a review.

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REVIEW
How do the French kick off a new festival? With the S.F. Ballet.
Barbara Newman, Special to The Chronicle

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

To launch the visit with a bang, the company's artistic director, Helgi Tomasson, boldly commissioned three new works for the first program, leaving the full-evening "Don Quixote" for the end of the engagement. Ideally, the audience would enjoy every performance under a cloudless sky. In fact, squally bursts of wind and drizzle ruffled the atmosphere on opening night, but they failed to dampen the public's enthusiasm or the dancers' commitment.


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Paris wins at last
San Francisco comes to the aid of the French capital
By Jann Parry for The Observer


Paris, confident of its charms (overconfident, as it turned out about the 2012 Olympic Games), doesn't usually bother with a summer festival once its citizens leave on holiday.

But this July, it has inaugurated an out-of-doors spectacle, Les Étés de la Danse de Paris, to rival festivals in southern cities such as Avignon, Aix and Montpellier. Valéry Colin, a former dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet, has convinced the capital's authorities, and sponsors, that locals and tourists will benefit from al fresco dance performances on balmy evenings.

He and his advisers chose San Francisco Ballet as the first invited company because of its varied repertoire and much-admired standards of dancing. (SFB is one of Britain's favourite foreign visitors.) Brushing aside any French anti-Americanism, Colin asked the company to open with all-American works made specially for the occasion.

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San Francisco Ballet, Hotel de Rohan, Paris
Dancin' in the rain. It might have been a glorious feeling
By Jenny Gilbert for The Independent on sunday


Drizzle and chill winds were the uninvited guests at the launch of Les Étés de la danse, a new open-air festival in the fashionable Marais district of Paris. The idea was that the 2,000 spectators, in tiered seating covering the rose garden of the Hotel de Rohan, the rococo mansion that houses France's national archive, would bask in the sounds and scents of a balmy summer night. Instead, blankets were on sale, and the well-prepared few who dared obscure the view of the stage were howled down with cries of "Pas de parapluies!".

But the dancers of San Francisco Ballet appeared undaunted (they had a covered stage, at least), determined to justify the organisers' contentious choice of an American company over a French one. In fact, global politics aside, SFB is a perfect match for Paris since America's oldest company is also its most stylish.

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Installment #2 from Muriel Maffre in Paris:

Muriel Maffre #2


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From the SF Chronicle.

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S.F. Ballet tour to Paris ending on a high note
William Diem, Special to The Chronicle

Friday, July 22, 2005

Paris -- Bringing world-class ballet to Paris is like bringing a fog bank to San Francisco. Where else would it seem so appropriate? After three years of preparation and a year of intense negotiation over every makeup table, the San Francisco Ballet is scheduled Saturday to wind up three weeks and 13 performances in the first Summer of Dance in Paris, where ballet was invented in the 18th century to entertain King Louis XIV.


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The third and final installment from Muriel Maffre in Paris:

Muriel Maffre #3


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From Mary Ellen Hunt in the Contra Costa Times.

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Ballet dazzles in Paris drizzle


• Audience stays put during wet, wild and wonderful performance by San Francisco company

AS I WIPED away the cold droplets of rain from my hair and wrapped a woefully inadequate shawl over my head like a babushka, I wondered where those balmy July evenings in Paris went. As we waited for San Francisco Ballet to kick off its three-week open-air festival season at the Hotel Rohan, a nearby audience member, huddled in her seat, muttered under her breath that they'd brought the famous "San Francisco summer" to France with them -- complete with damp, chilly evenings.


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