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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2010 Season
PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 8:09 am 
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So, has anyone here seen it? I am going Saturday afternoon, and seeing the first cast (Van Patten & Villanoba). So looking forward to it.

What did happen to Maria Kotchetkova? Was she injured?


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 9:30 am 
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Hi crandc,

It's nice to see an old timer on this board. I saw Sarah Van Patten on Saturday--one of the greatest Juliet performances ever. But the whole company is up for the performance. You'll find much to enjoy.

I have no idea why Maria K's debut was rescheduled for Friday instead of tonight. Even Maria's Twitter page (http://twitter.com/balletrusse) doesn't reveal much. She used to be the most accessible and revealing member of the company via her webpage and Twitter, but it looks like what she shares now is much more edited. Can't say I blame her for wanting more privacy, but it was wonderful to get her spontaneous reaction to everything (friends, movies, restaurants, rehearsals) when she first arrived in San Francisco.


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 1:45 pm 
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Sean Martinfield reviews "Romeo and Juliet" in the San Francisco Sentinel.

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 2:48 am 
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Paul Parish reviews Romeo & Juliet in The Bay Area Reporter:

"Last Saturday night was a great evening in the theatre for the whole San Francisco Ballet company, who danced at a very high level indeed, and for two principals: our Juliet (Sarah van Patten) and Mercutio (Pascal Molat), who gave performances that rank with the best I have ever seen. . . ."

More:
http://ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?se ... rticle=164


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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 2:17 pm 
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Janos Gereben reviews the performance of Davit Karapetyan and Vanessa Zahorian as Romeo and Juliet in the San Francisco Examiner.

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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 4:26 pm 
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TODAY ONLY
Happy 170th Birthday, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, from Google and SFB
[from the SFB website]

In celebration of the 170th anniversary of the birth of the Russian master composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Google has collaborated with San Francisco Ballet to create a special doodle that will appear on Google's homepage today, May 7 at http://www.google.com, for one-day only.

Tchaikovsky, born on May 7, 1840, composed music for many genres, including opera, symphony and ballet, and created scores for some of the most beloved classics in the ballet repertoire, including Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty.

To honor Tchaikovsky's contribution to the art form, Google worked with SF Ballet to stage a photo shoot around SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson's production of Swan Lake. These shots were then rendered into a doodle by Google Doodler Jennifer Hom. For a behind-the-scenes peek of the photography session, shot by SF Ballet photographer Erik Tomasson, visit:
http://www.sfballet.org/interact/watch.


--What I didn't realize at first is the SFB dancers are spelling G-o-o-g-l-e.


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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 9:57 am 
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I talked to a woman in the BART station after Romeo & Juliet Saturday and she said it was Sarah Van Patten's final performance because she's retiring. I truly hope this woman mis heard. Van Patten is still very young and had by far her best season at SFB.


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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 1:32 pm 
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Sarah is not retiring. She is taking some time off (it's the end of the season and she could use the rest) and then getting ready for the tour to Copenhagen.


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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 2:03 pm 
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In the San Francisco Chronicle, Allan Ulrich writes about some of the highlights of the 2010 season.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:51 pm 
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SF Ballet has announced new dancers for the 2010-11 season.

New Company Members/Level

Principal
Artem Yachmennikov

Soloist
Vito Mazzeo

Corps de Ballet
Daniel Baker
Kimberly Braylock
Nicole Ciapponi
Koto Ishihara
Elena Kazakova
Dustin Shane
Myles Thatcher
Sebastian Vinet
Sylvie Volosov
Lonnie Weeks

New Apprentices
Evan Hewer
Patricia Keleher
Raymond Tilton
Caroline Wilson

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES NEW COMPANY MEMBERS FOR 2011 REPERTORY SEASON

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Wednesday, July 21, 2010–San Francisco Ballet has announced the addition of twelve new dancers for the 2011 Repertory Season (not included are current Apprentice Bryn Gilbert and Corps de Ballet member Jordan Hammond, who both joined the Company from the San Francisco Ballet School during the 2010 Repertory Season).

Artem Yachmennikov will join the Company as a principal dancer and Vito Mazzeo will join as a soloist. Joining the corps de ballet are Daniel Baker, former SF Ballet School students Nicole Ciapponi and Koto Ishihara, Elena Kazakova, Dustin Shane, Sebastian Vinet, and Lonnie Weeks. In addition, Kimberly Braylock, Myles Thatcher, and Sylvie Volosov have been promoted from apprentices to the corps de ballet. Those joining SF Ballet as apprentices include Caroline Wilson and former SF Ballet School students Evan Hewer, Patricia Keleher, and Raymond Tilton. The Company roster now stands at 69 dancers plus five apprentices.

All changes effective July 2010.

New Company Members

Principal/Soloist

Russian native Artem Yachmennikov received his training from the Vaganova Academy. In 2001, he joined the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet as a soloist, and from 2006-08, he was a principal dancer with Het Nationale Ballet. In 2008, he joined the Bolshoi Ballet as a first soloist, where he performed principal roles in a wide variety of works including Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. In 2009, he won the Silver Medal at the Korea International Competition. Hailing from Milan, Italy, Vito Mazzeo received his early training at La Scala Ballet School. From 2005-08, Mazzeo performed with The Royal Ballet, and in 2008, joined Teatro dell’Opera. Mazzeo has performed numerous lead roles including Prince Siegfried in G. Samsova’s Swan Lake, Prince Desiree in Chalmer’s The Sleeping Beauty, Albrecht in Fracci’s Giselle, Basilio in Don Quixote, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Prince in The Nutcracker, Birbanto in Le Corsaire, and The Poet in Fokine’s Les Sylphides. He has also created new roles in contemporary ballets by Luc Bouy, Paul Chalmer, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor, and Christopher Wheeldon.

Corps de Ballet

Most recently, Australian native Daniel Baker was a soloist with Miami City Ballet, having joined the company in 2006. Baker trained at the School of American Ballet on a full scholarship and among other honors, was a 2009 New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Grant winner. Originally from Manhattan, Kimberly Braylock was a Trainee with SF Ballet School, before joining the Company as an apprentice in 2009. She has performed in a number of works with SF Ballet, including Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid. Koto Ishihara, from Nagoya, Japan, received her training at The Harid Conservatory and attended the School’s Summer Session before becoming a Trainee for two school years, from 2008-10. She won a Gold Medal at the Youth America Grand Prix San Francisco regionals and a Silver Medal at the Tanzolymp International Dance Festival. Canadian Nicole Ciapponi began her training at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver. Ciapponi has garnered numerous accolades including a Silver Medal at the 2008 Genee International Ballet Competition, top placement in the Youth America Grand Prix, and a Gold Medal at the Dance World Cup Competition, where she was selected to represent Canada. Russian native Elena Kazakova received her training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In 2002, she was awarded the Apogee Award and has since been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Silver Medal at the 2006 International Dance Competition in Berlin, the Silver Medal at the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition, and the Silver Medal at the 2009 Korea International Dance Competition. In 2006, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Dustin Shane trained at Dayton Ballet School and the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, before performing with Orlando Ballet. In 2008, Shane joined Washington Ballet where he performed works by choreographers including Balanchine, Morris, Tharp, and York. Atlanta, Georgia native Myles Thatcher was also a member of SF Ballet School’s Trainee Program before joining the Company as an apprentice in 2009. Most recently with SF Ballet, Thatcher performed in a number of works including Balanchine’s Theme & Variations, Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer, and Wheeldon’s Rush. Sebastian Vinet, from Santiago, Chile, trained at Escuela de Ballet and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy on full scholarship. From 2005-06, Vinet was an apprentice with Ballet de Santiago, before becoming an apprentice with Houston Ballet in 2009. Vinet placed at the 2009 Prix de Lausanne International Competition. Brooklyn native Sylvie Volosov, trained at the School of American Ballet and the SF Ballet School before joining the Company as an apprentice in 2009. With the Company, Volosov has performed works including Balanchine’s Serenade, Tomasson’s Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet. Hailing from Chicago, Lonnie Weeks received his training on full merit scholarship at Faubourg School of Ballet and the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Most recently, Weeks was a member of Texas Ballet Theater for four seasons. In 2007, Weeks was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Junior Division at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition and more recently, he won the Silver Medal at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition.

New Apprentices

Four new apprentices have been appointed for the 2011 Repertory Season. As apprentices, these dancers will take Company class and perform corps de ballet roles in the Company’s diverse repertory. Ohio native Evan Hewer, most recently a Trainee with SF Ballet School, previously trained at Pontecorvo Ballet Studios. Hewer attended two School summer sessions in 2006 and 2007, before becoming a student with the SF Ballet School for the past three years. Patricia Keleher, originally from Long Beach, California, previously trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She attended SF Ballet School’s Summer Session in 2007, before joining the School for three years, from 2007-10. California native Raymond Tilton began his training at San Elijo Dance Academy and attended the School’s Summer Session in 2004 and 2008, before becoming first a full-time student with the SF Ballet School in 2008 and then a Trainee in 2009. Caroline Wilson, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, trained on a full scholarship at John Cranko Ballet School as well as other schools such as the National Ballet School of Canada, also on scholarship. She has received a number of honors including being named a national finalist and scholar at the Youth America Grand Prix.

Subscriptions are currently on sale for the 2011 Repertory Season, January 29 through May 7, at the War Memorial Opera House. For information, call Ticket Services at 415.865.2000, or visit sfballet.org.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:33 pm 
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Also, after a quick read through the new roster, I see that these 09-10 dancers names are missing. Did I miss any others?

Aaron Orza
Julianne Kepley
Brett Bauer (now a soloist at Oregon Ballet Theater)
Nicole Grand
Miriam Rowan
Chris Mondoux
Margaret Karl
Martyn Garside
Ludmila Campos
Katita Waldo (retired)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:16 pm 
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RaHir wrote:
Also, after a quick read through the new roster, I see that these 09-10 dancers names are missing. Did I miss any others?

Aaron Orza
Julianne Kepley
Brett Bauer (now a soloist at Oregon Ballet Theater)
Nicole Grand
Miriam Rowan
Chris Mondoux
Margaret Karl
Martyn Garside
Ludmila Campos
Katita Waldo (retired)

David Arce is also gone.

Julianne Kepley is now with the Milwaukee Ballet - http://www.milwaukeeballet.org/about-us ... nne-kepley


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2010 Season
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:59 am 
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Nothing against new blood, but it seems it's been at least 2 years that SF Ballet has not promoted any current dancers.


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2010 Season
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:38 pm 
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Frances Chung was promoted to principal last year.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2010 Season
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:50 pm 
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RaHir I'm sorry, I meant that SFB has not promoted any of their corps dancers (as far as I can recall). Sorry for the misstatement. Of course you are right about Frances.


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