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 Post subject: San Francisco Ballet 2013 Season
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:46 am 
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SF Ballet has updated its list of company members online. Eyeballing it, 2012 dancers who are not on the roster include:

Principal
Kristin Long

Soloist
Victoria Ananyan
Isaac Hernandez
Pauli Magierek
Liz Miner
Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun

Corps de ballet
Daniel Baker
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey
Lily Rogers
Danielle Santos
Matthew Stewart
Caroline Wilson
Quinn Wharton

Did I miss any?


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet 2013 Season
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:19 pm 
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Here is the press release announcing new dancers.

A few thoughts...

Interesting to see that Luke Ingham is coming west after a year or so at Houston Ballet. One wonders whether Danielle Rowe might follow at some point. Stanton Welch does not exactly have a great track record for keeping dancers at Houston Ballet, but a soloist contract at SFB is certainly worth more than a demi soloist at Houston Ballet. Either Welch didn't recognize the talent he had, or didn't have the money for the promotion needed to keep Ingham in town.

Daniel Baker, is of course, now a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance, and already - it seems - getting far more publicity than any ballet company could provide. I look forward to seeing his first performance on Wednesday - his Facebook entries suggest that it's in a dance form that is challenging for him, so not ballet or contemporary.

I noticed that of 19 principal dancers, only 2 are US born or trained, and NONE list any training at the San Francisco Ballet school. Eight came in as principals, 6 as soloists, 4 as corps and one as an apprentice. It can't exactly be motivating to local or US dancers coming up through the school to see such a disproportionate number of imports. It's not good to get into the ABT trap of importing so much that your locally/internally trained talent flees elsewhere because there are no opportunities to grow/be promoted. I would MUCH rather see companies focus on their schools - and bringing in foreign talent then - rather than importing the latest foreign hot talent to fill a so called gap. (It also has to be a nightmare to take the company on foreign tour - now many of those 17 are likely to at least have green cards, but there must be a lot of visas to deal with).

I'm am NOT opposed in any way to bringing in foreign dancers, and I don't think there is an easy answer. Great talent of any kind should be a step up in the immigration ladder. But, as with any other employer, it should not become regular practice to import foreign workers rather than putting some effort into training and nurturing local talent. For instance, here in Alberta, there seems to be a constant shortage of skilled tradesworkers (plumbers, electricians, oil rig type jobs), and companies say they have no choice but to import talent. Yet, it is constantly pointed out that these same companies (and the government to some extent) are resistant to funding/running the training and apprentice programs needed to produce skilled tradesman. Training/apprentice programs take time, money and commitment to produce workers, and there's always room for bringing in specific talent for some jobs, but in the long run, investing in your local/national talent is better for everyone.


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet 2013 Season
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:16 pm 
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ksneds, I have long noticed the same thing. It's good to bring in new blood, but it does limit the promotion possibilities. For example, two soloists were brought in but there are several corps members who IMO have proven their abilities and in fact have danced soloist roles for at least a year or two. Kristin Long was one of the few principals who developed in SF. I had noticed, btw, that she was missing in action the past few years - injured?

So what happened to the others? Did they retire or go elsewhere?


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet 2013 Season
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:12 pm 
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I think Kristin retired; she had a baby or two over the past few years, I believe. She had a lovely, 20+ year career here with SFB.

For the rest, that I know of:

Soloist
Victoria Ananyan
Isaac Hernandez: Dutch National Ballet
Pauli Magierek
Liz Miner
Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun

Corps de ballet
Daniel Baker: So You Think You Can Dance
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey
Lily Rogers: college
Danielle Santos
Matthew Stewart
Caroline Wilson: Washington Ballet
Quinn Wharton: Hubbard Street Dance


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet 2013 Season
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:11 am 
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Too bad they couldn't have a proper farewell for Kristin (if she wanted one). I always thought of her as the consummate professional. Maybe not as flashy as some others, but I NEVER saw her give a bad performance. Whatever the role. One of my favorites.


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet 2013 Season
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Janos Gereben previews the musical program for the 2013 season in the San Francisco Examiner.

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Sam Whiting interviews Sarah Van Patten prior to the January 23, 2013 Gala in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Mary Ellen Hunt reviews the January 23, 2013 Gala for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Janos Gereben reviews the Gala performance for the San Francisco Examiner.

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Allan Ulrich interviews choreographer Alexei Ratmansky about his new work for San Francisco Ballet, "From Foreign Lands," in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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In the San Francisco Chronicle, Allan Ulrich previews the 2013 season.

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Toba Singer reviews the January 23, 2013 Gala for the California Literary Review.

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Janos Gereben reviews the Gala performance, with an expanded focus on the orchestra, for San Francisco Classical Voice.

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In the San Francisco Chronicle, Allan Ulrich reviews the Tuesday, January 29 opening of Program 1: Wayne McGregor's "Borderlands," Jerome Robbins' "In the Night" and Serge Lifar's "Suite en Blanc."

SF Chronicle

Ann Murphy reviews the same program in the San Jose Mercury News.

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Lauren Gallagher reviews the same program for the San Francisco Examiner.

SF Examiner

Janos Gereben reviews the same program for the Examiner.

Examiner

Janice Berman reviews the same program for the San Francisco Classical Voice.

SF Classical Voice


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Carla Escoda reviews a Saturday, February 2, 2013 performance of Program 1 in the Huffington Post.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet 2013 Season
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Review: 2013 San Francisco Ballet’s Program 1
{ 2013 02 04 }
Saturday Matinee
Thoughts on theater in the Bay Area

Program 1 of SF Ballet’s 80th anniversary year featured a world premiere by Wayne McGregor “Borderlands”, probably the most anticipated piece of the night. I attended the Wednesday evening performance on January 30, 2013, which was the second performance of the run.

http://www.saturdaymatineeblog.com/2013 ... program-1/


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