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 Post subject: Muriel Maffre
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:59 am 
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It's official - Muriel Maffre will retire from San Francisco Ballet at the end of the 2007 season. While not a surprise, I will miss her very much. She has given so many wonderful moments over the past 16 years. Here's a link to the brief article in the SF Chronicle (just scroll down towards the bottom):

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... LRTPT1.DTL


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 Post subject: Muriel Maffre
PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:09 pm 
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Thank you for posting this. We don't all read the Chronicle! Muriel will be a major loss because she has a distinctive style and expression, something not all the SFB ballerinas have. It will take two ballerina hires to replace her!


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 Post subject: From the SF Chronicle
PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:18 pm 
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Maffre moving on
Allan Ulrich

Sunday, January 21, 2007

After May, the San Francisco Ballet roster will no longer list the name of one of its most popular and unusual principal dancers. But until the end of the company's 74th season, which opens Wednesday, Muriel Maffre will do everything in her power to banish the word "retirement" from news releases about her. She has already struck terror into the heart of the Ballet's publicity department. A gala evening is in the planning for Maffre in the spring, yet the honoree, who is trying to avoid "the melodrama of it all," remains somewhat dubious about the attendant hoopla.


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 10:46 am 
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Adieu, Mademoiselle Maffre. Ballet bids farewell to one of its best.
Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent
Tuesday, May 8, 2007



Muriel Maffre raised her impossibly long arms toward the War Memorial Opera House ceiling Sunday night, then let them drop -- clunk -- hopelessly into her shoulder joints like the limbs of an abandoned marionette. The image was famous -- Anna Pavlova's "Dying Swan" -- and yet in one keenly considered movement, Maffre had made us see it anew. The standing ovation came instantly: This was a charged evening at the San Francisco Ballet, a farewell gala for a dancer of international singularity.

Some ballerinas are especially loved for their charisma, some for their musicality, some for their technical prowess. During her 17 years at the Ballet, Maffre has been something else. A majestic presence at more than 6 feet tall en pointe, she has neither fought her height nor relied on the length of her legs for sheer spectacle, though they certainly provide that. Instead, she has rallied her formidable intelligence to investigate every mechanical possibility of her unorthodox physicality. Each role she tackled in her parting sampling of short showpieces offered a stunning study in kinesthetic logic.


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 12:52 pm 
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I had a couple of friends at this performance. they said it was great. Pure Muriel. Anyone from here go? Azlan? Toba?


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 2:03 pm 
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From the Contra Costa Times.

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Emotions high for Maffre farewell
Principal dancer gives her usual 110 percent Sunday in final performance with S.F. Ballet after 17 years
By Mary Ellen Hunt
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Article Launched: 05/08/2007 03:06:50 AM PDT


In a weekend full of dramatic performances, San Francisco Ballet concluded its season at the War Memorial Opera House on Sunday night with a superb gala performance in which Muriel Maffre bid farewell to the company after 17 years as a principal dancer.
If emotions ran high for the final shows of the company's 74th season, the atmosphere for Sunday night's celebration for Maffre -- surely San Francisco Ballet's most respected artist -- was at a fever pitch. Audience members seemed to be conflicted, torn between anticipating the unrivaled feast of seeing Maffre reinvent six of her best-known roles, and dreading the knowledge that her commanding presence will no longer grace the Opera House stage.


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I think Katie went.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:37 pm 
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Yes, RaHir is correct. Katie's review will be out shortly in the CD's Ballet-Dance magazine.

And, I went too! It was a sweet evening, with phenomenol performances by Maffre, but also sad, knowing she will no longer grace the stage at the opera house.

However, it appears she may do various projects with other choreogaphers, a la Sylvie Guillem. Now, that's something to watch!


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Ms. Maffre has been seen taking classes at ODC Dance Commons in the weeks since her retirement. That is good news indeed.


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