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 Post subject: Re: Programme 2 - Balanchine/Tomasson/Possokhov
PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 3:51 pm 

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San Francisco Ballet
Mixed Programme II
Sadler's Wells Theatre
Tuesday 21/09/04

SFB's second programme on offer once again showed off the company's abilities with a mixed bag of old and new ballets. Balanchine's Ballo Della Regina set to ballet music from Guiseppe Verdi's opera Don Carlos has the delightful breeziness of a sunny summer afternoon. The work for an all female corps de ballet and a principal couple mixes great,
geometrical ensemble sections with solo variations and pas de deux. Vanessa Zahorian and Gonzoalo Garcia were charming as the lead couple and executed the required fast footwork with ease. I found myself especially spellbound by Garcia's seemingly weightless execution of his variation.

Concerto Grosso choreographed by Helgi Tomasson to a concert by Geminiani treated us to even more impressive male dancing. The five soloists led by Pascal Molat show a whole range of powerful virtuoso steps which strangely both contrast and compliment the sombre court dancing like score.

Principal Yuri Possokhov latest work Study in Motion consists of a serious of pas de deux for four couples. The men in simple black trousers and tops and the girls in flowing dresses are place in front of a back drop of flowing white curtains. In my opinion Possokhov does a good job at bringing out the unique individual characters of the cast and exploiting their unique gifts. For example Yuan Yuan Tan's extreme flexibility is used to great effect without coming across as a show off trick. It just is part of her and seamlessly blends into her movements.

The evening closed with Balanchine's masterpiece The Four Temperaments. Although this work was created 58 years ago it posses a timeless freshness and is still as powerful as it was all those years ago. SFB is clearly very at home in the Balanchine repertoire and the fine performances tonight were to many to count. I was especially impressed with Yuri Possokhov as Phlegmatic and Muriel Maffre as Choleric. New soloist Nutnaree Pipithsuksunt who just graduated from the Royal Ballet School looked good in the 3rd theme and I think is definitely one to watch. Who knows in what roles we might get to see her during SFB's next London season.

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 Post subject: Re: Programme 2 - Balanchine/Tomasson/Possokhov
PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:36 am 

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San Francisco Ballet Programme 2
By Gavin Roebuck for The Stage

Four superb ballets showing off the high standard of the dancers are presented. To the music of Verdi, George Balanchine’s Ballo Della Regina opens the show. It is his tribute to ballet scenes in opera and was created for ballerina Merrill Ashley, who staged it. It is gloriously danced by all, especially the leading couple of Vanessa Zahorian and Gonzalo Garcia. With snappy beaten jumps and smooth circular lines, it is a pleasure to view.

Helgi Tomasson, the Icelandic artistic director, showed off the men in his company with Concerto Grosso to music by Geminiani. The work for five male dancers, led by a carefree Pascal Molat, was a display of elegant vitality.

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