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Welcome to CriticalDance's coverage of San Francisco Ballet's 2004 tour to London. The company's 2001 visit to Sadler's Wells was a huge success with critics and dance lovers: "Audiences left the Royal Opera House during SFB's one-week incumbency aglow with pleasure at the finesse, versatility and exuberance of this young-spirited company..."(Sunday Times)

SF Ballet boasts a company of world-class dancers performing an excellent and diverse repertory, including recent commissions from some of today's most interesting choreographers.

This forum is where you can find everything you want to know aboyt San Francisco Ballet's performances at Sadler's Wells Theatre. We will include links to previews, interviews, and reviews by our writers as well as the national press.

If you haven't seen it yet, do check out our lovely SF Ballet in London Welcome page which gives a useful summary of all the CriticalDance coverage of this visit:

As always we're keen to have YOUR views, whether you're in Europe or the US. So, do post your comments here in the various forum topics.

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West Coast Wonders: Preview - San Francisco Ballet’s London Season

By Mary Ellen Hunt

September 2004

With three completely different programs at Sadler’s Wells this month, San Francisco Ballet is bringing a little something for everyone to London. Versatility and style have always been hallmarks of the company, and with the eleven works planned for the tour, director Helgi Tomasson seems intent on showcasing those strengths.

Casting for the performances will be available as the dates draw closer, but here are a few glimpses of the ballets on the tour from a long-time observer of the company.

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THIS FALL SAN FRANCISCO BALLET MAKES ITS THIRD VISIT TO LONDON WITH AN ENGAGEMENT AT SADLER'S WELLS THEATRE

September 20-25, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, May 14, 2004-San Francisco Ballet has announced it will perform at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre from September 20 to 25, as part of its 2004 tour schedule. Over six days and seven performances, the Company will present three mixed-repertory programs that include four U.K. premieres and one London premiere. San Francisco Ballet last performed in London at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in August 2001, and at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 1999. Further tour engagements for 2004 to be announced.

San Francisco Ballet in London
From September 20 through 25, the Company will perform three programs in alternating repertory at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.

Program I, which will be performed September 20 and 23 (both performances at 7:30 p.m.), includes George Balanchine's Square Dance; the London premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's Continuum; and the U.K. premiere of Bolshoi Ballet Artistic Director Alexei Ratmansky's Le Carnaval des Animaux. Balanchine's Square Dance features a fusion of American folk dance and classical ballet and was first performed by San Francisco Ballet in March 2004 during the Company's two-week Balanchine Festival. Set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli, the work for seven couples was premiered by New York City Ballet in 1957. Choreographed by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, Continuum premiered during San Francisco Ballet's 2002 Repertory Season, and is set to, and inspired by, the piano music of György Ligeti. The innovative work features four couples. Alexei Ratmansky's Le Carnaval des Animaux is set to, and named after, Camille Saint-Saëns' 1886 musical composition, and brings to life a menagerie of carnival animals through dance.

Program II, which will be performed September 21 and 24 (both performances at 7:30 p.m.), includes Balanchine's Ballo della Regina and The Four Temperaments, as well as the U.K. premieres of San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson's Concerto Grosso and San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer and Choreographer Yuri Possokhov's Study in Motion. Balanchine's Ballo della Regina was originally choreographed for New York City Ballet in 1978 and last performed by San Francisco Ballet in 2003. Set to the Act III ballet music from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Don Carlos, the work is a tour de force, characterized by the quick, sharp footwork of the ballet's female principal ballerina. One of Balanchine's earliest experimental works, The Four Temperaments was first performed by Ballet Society, the forerunner of New York City Ballet, in 1946. The abstract ballet is set to the music of Paul Hindemith, and is based on the ancient notion that humans are made up of four different humors or temperaments: melancholic, sanguinic, phlegmatic, and choleric, which are associated with the four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Tomasson's Concerto Grosso, which premiered on the Company's 2003 Gala, is a virtuoso 12-minute work for five men. Described as "ravishing" by the San Francisco Chronicle, the work is set to the music of Francesco Geminiani. Possokhov's Study in Motion is set to the music of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, and was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a "stunning work" when it debuted during San Francisco Ballet's 2004 Repertory Season. Possokhov has created three works for San Francisco Ballet, including Magrittomania, which was performed on the Company's last tour to London in 2001. In addition, he co-staged the full-length Don Quixote with Helgi Tomasson for the 2003 Repertory Season.

Program III, which will be performed September 22 and 25 (Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), will feature Balanchine's Allegro Brillante; the pas de trois from Natalia Makarova's staging of Paquita; the U.K. premiere of Helgi Tomasson's critically acclaimed 7 for Eight; and a work to be announced. Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, set to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 75, was premiered by New York City Ballet in 1956. The 13-minute work epitomizes Russian romanticism and was last performed by San Francisco Ballet on tour at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in fall 2003. The pas de trois from Paquita features an excerpt from the critically acclaimed staging by Makarova, set to the music of Ludwig Minkus, with original choreography by Marius Petipa. Set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Tomasson's 7 for Eight was first performed in February 2004. Upon its premiere, the San Francisco Chronicle proclaimed, "7 for Eight is a dance dedicated to pure movement and even purer passion." For the September 25 matinee performance, Ratmansky's Le Carnaval des Animaux will replace the work to be announced on Program III.

Funding
San Francisco Ballet's London Tour is made possible by the Stephen and Margaret Gill Family Foundation, Chris and Warren Hellman, Cecilia and Jim Herbert, and Kenneth Rainin. San Francisco Ballet is supported, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Grants for the Arts. San Francisco Ballet gratefully acknowledges the past leadership support of the California Arts Council, a state agency.

San Francisco Ballet
As America's first professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic "firsts" since its founding in 1933, performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first twentieth-century American Coppélia. A lively, vital ensemble, San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Since its early years under the direction of American dance pioneers and brothers, Lew, Willam, and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet now presents more than one hundred performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson since 1985, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in America. By commissioning new works by some of today's most sought-after choreographers, giving rise to young talent, acquiring existing works by master choreographers, and introducing new interpretations of classic full-length productions, Tomasson has created a sophisticated, diverse international repertory that offers powerful entertainment for all audiences.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET 2004 TOUR SCHEDULE TO DATE

SADLER'S WELLS THEATRE
London, England
September 20-25, 2004

Program I-September 20 & 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Square Dance (Balanchine)
Continuum (Wheeldon)
Le Carnaval des Animaux (Ratmansky)

Program II-September 21 & 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Ballo della Regina (Balanchine)
Concerto Grosso (Tomasson)
Study in Motion (Possokhov)
The Four Temperaments (Balanchine)

Program III-September 22 at 7:30 p.m./September 25 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Allegro Brillante (Balanchine)
Paquita Pas de Trois (Makarova after Petipa)
7 for Eight (Tomasson)
TBA*
Le Carnaval des Animaux (Ratmansky)**

*September 22 & 25 evening performances
**September 25 matinee performance

Schedule and programming subject to change.
For updated touring information, visit www.sfballet.org.


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Casting is now available for London:

SADLER’S WELLS THEATRE, LONDON
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET PRINCIPAL CASTING
PROGRAMS 1-3
September 20-25, 2004

PLEASE NOTE ALL CASTING SUBJECT TO CHANGE

*premiere in role

SEPTEMBER 20, 7:30 PM—OPENING NIGHT

SQUARE DANCE
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Tina LeBlanc, Joan Boada

INTERMISSION

CONTINUUM
Piano: Michael McGraw
Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Kristin Long, Gonzalo Garcia
Muriel Maffre, Yuri Possokhov*
Katita Waldo, David Arce

INTERMISSION

LE CARNAVAL DES ANIMAUX
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Julian Jacobson, Caroline Palmer

Lion: Pierre-François Vilanoba
Swan: Muriel Maffre
Elephant: Lorena Feijoo
Cockerel: Stephen Legate
Hen: Kristen Long
Hens: Megan Low, Liz Miner
Horses: James Sofranko, Pablo Piantino
Kangaroos: Pauli Magierek, Peter Brandenhoff
Turtles: Dalene Bramer, Maureen Choi
Aaron Orza, Moises Martin
Birds: Megan Low, Dalene Bramer, Liz Miner, Maureen Choi

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 7:30 PM—OPENING NIGHT

BALLO DELLA REGINA
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Vanessa Zahorian, Gonzalo Garcia

PAUSE

CONCERTO GROSSO
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Pascal Molat
Garrett Anderson, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Pablo Piantino, Hansuke Yamamoto

INTERMISSION

STUDY IN MOTION
Piano: Michael McGraw
Lorena Feijoo, Nicolas Blanc
Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Kristin Long, Guennadi Nedviguine
Katita Waldo, Peter Brandenhoff

INTERMISSION

THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Roy Bogas
1st Theme: Emily Halpin Ambuul, Aaron Orza
2nd Theme: Elana Altman, Brett Bauer
3rd Theme: Nutnaree Pipithsuksunt*, Moises Martin
Melancholic: Nicolas Blanc
Sanguinic: Sarah Van Patten*, Vadim Solomakha
Phlegmatic: Yuri Possokhov
Choleric: Muriel Maffre

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 7:30 PM—OPENING NIGHT

ALLEGRO BRILLANTE
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Roy Bogas
Lorena Feijoo, Vadim Solomakha

PAUSE

PAQUITA PAS DE TROIS
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Frances Chung, Guennadi Nedviguine, Vanessa Zahorian

INTERMISSION

7 FOR EIGHT
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Michael McGraw
Yuan Yuan Tan, Yuri Possokhov
Tina LeBlanc, Gonzalo Garcia
Rachel Viselli, Joan Boada
Liz Miner, Nicolas Blanc

INTERMISSION

RUSH
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Julian Jacobson

Tina LeBlanc, Kristin Long
Nicolas Blanc, Pascal Molat
Katita Waldo, Damian Smith

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 7:30 PM

SQUARE DANCE
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Tina LeBlanc, Guennadi Nedviguine

INTERMISSION

CONTINUUM
Piano: Michael McGraw

Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Kristin Long, Gonzalo Garcia
Muriel Maffre, Yuri Possokhov
Katita Waldo, Ruben Martin

INTERMISSION

LE CARNAVAL DES ANIMAUX
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Julian Jacobson, Caroline Palmer

Lion: Pierre-François Vilanoba
Swan: Muriel Maffre
Elephant: Lorena Feijoo
Cockerel: Stephen Legate
Hen: Nicole Starbuck
Hens: Megan Low, Liz Miner
Horses: James Sofranko, Pablo Piantino
Kangaroos: Pauli Magierek, Peter Brandenhoff
Turtles: Dalene Bramer, Maureen Choi
Aaron Orza, Moises Martin
Birds: Megan Low, Dalene Bramer, Liz Miner, Maureen Choi

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 7:30 PM

BALLO DELLA REGINA
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Lorena Feijoo, Sergio Torrado

PAUSE

CONCERTO GROSSO
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Pascal Molat
Garrett Anderson, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Pablo Piantino, Hansuke Yamamoto

INTERMISSION

STUDY IN MOTION
Piano: Michael McGraw

Lorena Feijoo, Nicolas Blanc
Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Kristin Long, Guennadi Nedviguine
Katita Waldo, Peter Brandenhoff

INTERMISSION

THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Roy Bogas
1st Theme: Emily Halpin Ambuul, Aaron Orza
2nd Theme: Elana Altman, Brett Bauer
3rd Theme: Nutnaree Pipithsuksunt, Chidozie Nzerem
Melancholic: Gonzalo Garcia
Sanguinic: Sarah Van Patten, Vadim Solomakha
Phlegmatic: Pierre-François Vilanoba
Choleric: Muriel Maffre

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2:30 PM

ALLEGRO BRILLANTE
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Roy Bogas
Vanessa Zahorian, Sergio Torrado

PAUSE

PAQUITA PAS DE TROIS
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia Viselli
Frances Chung, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Rachel

INTERMISSION

7 FOR EIGHT
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Michael McGraw

Nutnaree Pipithsuksunt*, Pierre-François Vilanoba*
Tina LeBlanc, Gonzalo Garcia
Rachel Viselli, Joan Boada
Liz Miner, Nicolas Blanc

INTERMISSION

LE CARNAVAL DES ANIMAUX
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Julian Jacobson, Caroline Palmer

Lion: Ruben Martin
Swan: Muriel Maffre
Elephant: Amanda Schull
Cockerel: Stephen Legate
Hen: Nicole Starbuck
Hens: Megan Low, Joanna Mednick
Horses: James Sofranko, Pablo Piantino
Kangaroos: Erin McNulty, Jaime Garcia Castilla
Turtles: Pauli Magierek, Frances Chung, Brett Bauer, David Arce
Birds: Megan Low, Pauli Magierek, Joanna Mednick, Frances Chung

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 7:30 PM

ALLEGRO BRILLANTE
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Roy Bogas

Lorena Feijoo, Vadim Solomakha

PAUSE

PAQUITA PAS DE TROIS
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia Zahorian

Frances Chung, Guennadi Nedviguine, Vanessa

INTERMISSION

7 FOR EIGHT
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Michael McGraw

Yuan Yuan Tan, Yuri Possokhov
Tina LeBlanc, Gonzalo Garcia
Rachel Viselli, Pascal Molat
Liz Miner, Nicolas Blanc

INTERMISSION

RUSH
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
Piano: Julian Jacobson

Tina LeBlanc, Kristin Long
Nicolas Blanc, Joan Boada*
Katita Waldo, Damian Smith


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This is such a feature-packed series of programs that we don't even get in San Francisco, with so many works in a single week of performances. I really am envious of Londoners right now.


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If you haven't seen it yet, do check out our lovely SF Ballet in London Welcome page which gives a useful summary of all the CriticalDance coverage of this visit.

Also we created a detailed Focus on San Francisco Ballet in our August Magazine with an extensive Gallery and a selection from the wealth of material we have on this fine Company.

And for the September Magazine, we interviewed seven dancers and the Technical Director about their careers and the forthcoming tour.

Plus you can read all the reviews and news from the 2001 visit of SF Ballet to London.

See you in about 12 hours!

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A round-up of the week's offering from SF Ballet:

Bending it like Balanchine
San Francisco Ballet pays thrilling tribute to a master, while Ashley Page shows the Scots are a force to be reckoned with. By David Dougill for The Sunday Times.


Sadler’s Wells was all abuzz last week for San Francisco Ballet’s third London season in five years. The company has established itself as a big attraction both here and at the Edinburgh Festival, and we are reaping the fruits of Helgi Tom- asson’s outstanding artistic dir- ection (now in its 20th year), which has transformed a regional American troupe into one of the world’s top ballet companies.

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