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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 1:24 pm 
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Yes it's that time of year when everyone starts announcing their plans for next season. Here's the write up on SFB's from the SF Chronicle. There is also the press release posted in our forum here

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New 'Swan Lake' in S.F. Ballet 2009 lineup
Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

San Francisco Ballet will unveil an all-new production of "Swan Lake" by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson in 2009 as the centerpiece of its 76th season, along with a world premiere by resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov, the return of George Balanchine's full-evening "Jewels" and a program dedicated to works by reigning modern dance master Mark Morris.



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I am absolutely DROOLING over next year's program. I missed Swan Lake (don't ask) last time around. My favorite ballet and I've never seen it live, just excerpts at Stern Grove. I may see it twice. Odettes I'd love to see: Yuan Yuan Tan, who was featured in the Act 2 at Stern Grove, magnificently, and Maria Kotchekova, who I think would be a very different but equally great Odette. I am a tad uneasy about the video and theatre. It's a 19th century classic that should not be filled with 21st century tech. And Jewels, I've seen every part separately but never together. With the exception of Joyride, which I was not wild about, all my faves from the New Works festival are coming back.

The Four Temperaments and in the middle, somewhat elevated I associate with Muriel Maffre who made them what they were. It will be interesting to see how another dancer presents them (I won't say fill Maffre's shoes, because no one can).


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Whatever changes are made to Swan Lake, I hope the underwater effect at the end stays in -- that's my favorite ending of all the versions of the ballet that I've seen.


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djb wrote:
Whatever changes are made to Swan Lake, I hope the underwater effect at the end stays in -- that's my favorite ending of all the versions of the ballet that I've seen.


I am looking forward to it!

NYC Ballet had an unusal ending. As explained it's easier in a way to die than to go on living your life knowing you are responsible for having lost what you loved. Funny, no other version that I've seen has Siegfried remain alive grieving while Odette goes off to live out the rest of her life as a swan.


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The official word from SF Ballet's press office is that Yuan Yuan is simply making a guest appearance in China. She is contracted with the company for next year. Perhaps the AP writer got a little confused?

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Ballerina Tan dancing back to China
By MIN LEE, AP Entertainment Writer
Monday, May 19, 2008


(05-19) 07:42 PDT HONG KONG, China (AP) --

San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Tan Yuanyuan announced Monday she has accepted a guest position in Hong Kong, saying she wants to give back to her country.

One of the world's top ballerinas, Tan told a press conference in Hong Kong she will join the Hong Kong Ballet as guest principal dancer and debut in June in the production "Tricolor."

Shanghai-native Tan, who made principal dancer in San Francisco in 1997 at age 21, said she wants to spend more time in her home country.

"I've danced with the San Francisco Ballet since I was 18. So I think right now is about time I want to give something back to China. And Hong Kong Ballet made me a wonderful offer I cannot turn down," she said.

Tan added she found her schedule in San Francisco too hectic, noting the company performed at least 100 shows a year.

"We have a very tight schedule and I just felt that we never have enough time to do rehearsals," she said.

Tan said she also hopes to work with National Ballet of China and the Shanghai Ballet in mainland China.


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Good luck to Lesley. From the SF Chronicle.


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Ballet's general manager making leap back to Met
Steven Winn, Chronicle Arts and Culture Critic

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Lesley Koenig, a top administrator at San Francisco Ballet and author of its recently fulfilled five-year strategic plan, is leaving the company to take a job with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Koenig, 51, has been the Ballet's general manager since 2002. She joins the Met, where she worked from 1980-98, as assistant manager of production on Aug. 1.



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*SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES DANCER PROMOTION *

*AND NEW COMPANY MEMBERS FOR 2009 REPERTORY SEASON*



*SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Tuesday, July 8, 2008*

San Francisco Ballet has
announced the promotion of five Company members and the addition of seven
new dancers for the 2009 Repertory Season.

*Jaime Garcia Castilla *has been promoted from soloist to principal dancer, and *Dana Genshaft, Pauli
Magierek, Garen Price Scribner, *and *Anthony Spaulding *have been promoted from corps de ballet members to soloists. *Sean Orza *and *Jeremy Rucker*, both apprentices during the 2008 Repertory Season, join the ranks of the
corps de ballet. In addition, *Taras Domitro* and *Ivan Popov* join the
Company as principal dancers, and new corps de ballet members include *Isaac Hernández *and *Suzy Spaulding*. Also, *Sofiane Sylve*, who performed with the Company as a guest artist last season, will join San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer for the 2009 Repertory Season. The Company roster now stands at 73 dancers.



*All changes effective July 1, 2008. *


Promotions

*Jaime Garcia Castilla* was born in Madrid, Spain, and studied at the Royal
Conservatory of Professional Dance. He was named an apprentice at San
Francisco Ballet in 2001, joined the Company as a corps de ballet member the following year, and was promoted to soloist in 2006. During the
75thAnniversary Season Garcia Castilla was featured in a number of
ballets,
including George Balanchine's* Divertimento No. 15*, Wayne McGregor's *
Eden/Eden*, Helgi Tomasson's *On a Theme of Paganini*, and Christopher
Wheeldon's *Carousel (A Dance).* For the New Works Festival, he performed in
Jorma Elo's *Double Evil*, Mark Morris' *Joyride*, Yuri Possokhov's *Fusion*,
and Wheeldon's *Within the Golden Hour*.



*Dana Genshaft *was born in Moscow and trained at the Kirov Academy of
Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Paris Opéra Ballet School. She was
named an apprentice at San Francisco Ballet in 2000 and joined the Company
as a corps de ballet member in 2001. Highlights from last season include
leading roles in Val Caniparoli's *Ibsen's* *House*, McGregor's *Eden/Eden*,
Morris' *Joyride*, and Wheeldon's *Carousel (A Dance)*, in addition to a
singing role as Rosalia in Robbins' *West Side Story Suite*.

*Pauli Magierek was appointed apprentice in 1997 and joined San Francisco Ballet as a corps de ballet member in 1998. Born in Chicago, Magierek studied at the Ruth Page
Foundation School of Dance, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Royal Ballet
School, and Houston Ballet Academy. Last season she performed leading roles
in Wade Robson's *The Energy Between Us *on the Gala program and in Margaret
Jenkins' *Thread*. Magierek was also featured in Lew Christensen's *Filling
Station*, Elo's *Double Evil*, Paul Taylor's *Changes*, and Julia Adam's *A
rose by any other name.

*Born in Arlington, Virginia, Garen Price Scribner trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Maryland Youth Ballet,
San Francisco Ballet School, and Boston Ballet School. He was named an
apprentice at San Francisco Ballet in 2003 and joined the Company as a
member of the corps de ballet a year later. Scribner danced a number of
prominent roles during the 75th Anniversary Season in works such as Adam's *A
rose by any other name*, Caniparoli's *Ibsen's House*, Christensen's *Filling
Station*, Robbins' *West Side Story Suite*, and Wheeldon's *Within the
Golden Hour*.

*Anthony Spaulding* was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He trained
at Arizona Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School prior to becoming
an apprentice in 2004. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de
ballet in 2006, and this past year performed lead roles in Hans van Manen's
*Two Pieces for Het* on the Gala program, Caniparoli's *Ibsen's House*, and
Taylor's *Changes.* In addition, he was featured in McGregor's
*Eden/Eden*and as the Snow King in Tomasson's
*Nutcracker*.


New Company Members

Born in Havana, Cuba, *Taras Domitro *trained at Alejo Carpentier School and
performed as a principal dancer with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba prior to
joining San Francisco Ballet. He has performed lead roles in a variety of
works, including *Don Quixote*, *Swan Lake*, and *Le Corsaire*.

Ivan
Popov was born in Russia, and trained at the Moscow State Ballet
Academy and the
Vaganova Ballet Academy before joining the Kirov Ballet. Most recently he
has danced with the Vienna State Opera Ballet, performing ballets such
as *Sleeping
Beauty, Paquita,* and *Manon*. *Sofiane Sylve *was born in Nice, France,
where she studied at the Académie de Dance. She danced with Germany's
Stadttheater, the Dutch National Ballet, and New York City Ballet prior to
performing with San Francisco Ballet as a guest artist during the 2008
Repertory Season. Sylve has danced a variety of ballets including works by
George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Alexei
Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, and Christopher Wheeldon.



Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, *Isaac Hernández *trained with his father,
Hector Hernández, and also at Philadelphia's Rock School for Dance Education
prior to joining ABT II in 2007. Hernandez attended the USA International
Ballet Competition 2006 where he was awarded the gold medal and the Ballet
International award.* *

A Bay Area native, Sean Orza *was born in trained
at the San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet prior
to being named as an apprentice in 2007.

Jeremy Rucker was born in
Morganton, North Carolina, and trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
prior to participating in the San Francisco Ballet School's Trainee Program
in 2006 and being named an apprentice in 2007.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Suzy
Spaulding participated in the San Francisco Ballet School's Trainee Program
last year, and recently performed a lead role in Tomasson's *Simple Symphony at the 2008 Student Showcase.


New Apprentices

Helgi Tomasson has named two new apprentices for the 2009 season: Dylan Gutierrez and Rebecca Rhodes. As apprentices, these dancers will take
Company class and perform corps de ballet roles in the Company's diverse
repertory. Born in Van Nuys, California, Dylan Gutierrez trained at the
Royal Ballet School in London. In addition, he won third place in the 2004
Youth America Grand Prix. Rebecca Rhodes was born in Highland Park,
Illinois, and trained at Dance Academy of Libertyville, Milwaukee Ballet
School and the San Francisco Ballet School, most recently participating in
the School's Trainee Program.



The Company is currently preparing for its upcoming American Tour in fall
2008, as well as the 2009 Repertory Season. Subscriptions are currently on
sale for the 2009 Repertory Season, January 27 through May 9, at the War
Memorial Opera House. For information, call the Ticket Services Office at
415.865.2000, or visit www.sfballet.org.


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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
ARTISTS OF THE COMPANY
2009 REPERTORY SEASON

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Helgi Tomasson

PRINCIPAL DANCERS
Nicolas Blanc
Joan Boada
Taras Domitro
Lorena Feijoo
Jaime Garcia Castilla
Tiit Helimets
Davit Karapetyan
Maria Kochetkova
Tina LeBlanc
Kristin Long
Ruben Martin
Pascal Molat
Gennadi Nedvigin
Ivan Popov
Damian Smith
Sofiane Sylve
Yuan Yuan Tan
Sarah Van Patten
Pierre-François Vilanoba
Rachel Viselli
Katita Waldo
Vanessa Zahorian

PRINCIPAL CHARACTER DANCERS
Ricardo Bustamante
Val Caniparoli
Jorge Esquivel
Anita Paciotti

SOLOISTS
Elana Altman
Frances Chung
Dana Genshaft
Julianne Kepley
Mateo Klemmayer
Pauli Magierek E
lizabeth Miner
Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun
Garen Price Scribner
James Sofranko
Anthony Spaulding
Hansuke Yamamoto

CORPS DE BALLET
Gaetano Amico III
Dores Andre
David Arce
Brett J. Bauer
Clara Blanco
Ludmila Campos
Courtney Clarkson
Charlene Cohen
Diego Cruz
Sasha De Sola
Daniel Deivison-Oliveira
Courtney Elizabeth
Martyn Garside
Nicole Grand
Isaac Hernández
Adeline Kaiser
Margaret Karl
Alexandra McCullagh
Erin McNulty
Alexandra Meyer-Lorey
Christopher Mondoux
Ashley Muangmaithong
Mariellen Olson
Aaron Orza
Sean Orza
Patricia Perez
Shannon Marie Roberts
Lily Rogers
Miriam Rowan
Jeremy Rucker
Danielle Santos
Suzy Spaulding
Jennifer Stahl
Benjamin Stewart
Matthew Stewart
Kendall Teague
Aubert Vanderlinden
Quinn Wharton
Luke Willis

APPRENTICES
Dylan Gutierrez
Rebecca Rhodes


BALLET MASTERS
Ricardo Bustamante
Betsy Erickson
Anita Paciotti

COMPANY TEACHERS
Helgi Tomasson
Lola de Avila
Ricardo Bustamante
Jean-Yves Esquerre

CHOREOGRAPHER IN RESIDENCE
Yuri Possokhov

MUSIC DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR
Martin West


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I'm curious...what happened to SFB's Stern's Grove appearance? I couldn't seem to find anything about this in previous threads...


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I'm so pleased to hear that Ivan Popov finally recieved the contract with SFB. Someone asked me to post a comment here so I thought I'd do so.

I ran into Ivan at the State Ballet of Georgia performances in Berkeley in February, when he was visiting and discussing the contract possibilities with Helgi. He left the Kirov for Vienna Opera Ballet (If I'm not mixing things up) just a year after I moved here to St. Petersburg, but he lived a block away from me so I often saw him going to/from the theatre. (I've run into his mother here as well!) He has been dancing with Vienna for the past 3+ years (which isn't clear from the blurb they published above in the announcement) before this move to SFB. I should add that not many Kirov dancers do the bold thing and emigrate out of Russia these days. It's still rare for that to happen. I think each year only a handful go, three to five dancers typically, if even that many.

His move out of the Kirov was, IMHO, a good one, as he was one of those (many talented) dancers who would have been relegated to corps work forever had he remained. It's always interested to see where the drive and ambition of certain individuals takes them, versus the security of staying put with what is familiar, no matter what opportunities (or lack thereof) may occur.

Congratulations Ivan!


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Hi, Gina. SFB is not on the Stern Grove program for 2008. I have seen no word from either Stern Grove or SFB regarding the reason(s) why.


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Thanks for giving us the Popov scoop Catherine! It's nice to know more about dancers coming to our shores!

I had written another post, but it must have gotten 'eaten' when I combined the threads.

Anyway, I was curious about seeing more new principals brought in for the upcoming season. Though a couple of principals have left, how many principals does the company need?

Also, does anyone know if Domitro has defected or is one of the few allowed to go back and forth a la Carreno or Acosta. If the latter, it's interesting the SFB was able to secure a visa when NYCB got turned down flat for Joel Carreno a few years ago and NYCB dancers couldn't get permission to go to Cuba. Is this a sign of easing restrictions, at least for artistic exchange?

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Thank you, Francis...I have to say, whatever the reason, it is just not acceptable that SFB is absent from the Festival. This is a tradition that is part of what SFB IS and DOES! This is the only opportunity for San Franciscans who cannot afford the price of an Opera House ticket to see the ballet. It really is quite shocking, frankly...


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The dancers hated that gig. Maybe they rebeled.


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Is it because they're preparing for their American tour?

Add my vote for the highly disappointed crowd that they won't be at Stern Grove this year.


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