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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2011 Season
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:18 pm 
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I saw programs 6 and 7 this weekend, and was disappointed. Program 6 starts with Wheeldon's Ghosts, continues with Helgi's 7 for 8, and concludes with McGregor's Chroma (which was the main reason why I saw this program). Ghosts seems like a typical Wheeldon ballet: full of clever, well-crafted choreography and some really novel moments, but is soulless and ultimately says nothing. A lot of promise, but no satisfaction. I really liked the slightly unfurling kinetic sculture on stage, and I wish he'd done more with it. As a non-fan of Helgi's choreography, 7 for 8 was surprisingly unawful. It's a great showpiece for the strong men of SFB, but lacking a bit for the women, with their choreography looking like the greatest hits of Balanchine. Chroma was perhaps the greatest disappointment. I've seen this piece a couple of times before with the Royal Ballet, as well as the video just released, and the SFB dancers looked tentative and perhaps a bit tired. Someone said that this might have been the same cast as the afternoon --- I saw the evening show on 6 on Saturday. There was no intensity, and no real phrasing: just the generic legato ballet phrasing. The one exception was Lorena Feijoo who brought intensity to an unfortunately small part. They looked like a regional company struggling with the choreography. One of the few bright spots was the performance of the orchestra, who were fantastic.

Program 7 on Sunday fared only slightly better. It opened with Fokine's Petruchka, and the performance gave us all the right things: Petruchka's pathos next to the Moor's evil mischief. I admit that Petruchka's mitten hands always crack me up, too. The staging was great, with the crowd scenes overflowing and adding to the spectacle. I can only imagine what the first audiences thought about this ballet with its non-ballet and odd design. After Petruchka, 7 dropped like a rock with the terrible Underskin by Zanella. The lead girl's costume was fantastic: it was a full body suit in black with intricate designs on it, like some a modern superhero might wear. Other than that, the ballet was completely underwhelming. How many ballet steps per second can you fit into Schoenberg's gorgeous Verklate Nacht? Apparently, if you don't care about making something coherent and musical, a lot. The last piece of the night was Wheeldon's new breathless ballet with a really gorgeous color design: deep saturated colors in the costumes contrasted against a lighting design in complementary colors. But that's all it had going for it: again, many steps per second, with no time to rest the eye, and this time, unlike Ghosts, not even much cleverness to appreciate. It looked like something quickly tossed together. Again the orchestra was the highlight of the performance.


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2011 Season
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:09 pm 
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Allan Ulrich reviews Program 7 -- Fokine's "Petrouchka," Renato Zanella's "Underskin," and the premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's "Number Nine" -- in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Ann Murphy reviews both Program 6 and Program 7 in the San Jose Mercury News.

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Janos Gerberen reviews Program 7 in the San Francisco Examiner.

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Geri Jeter reviews Programs 6 and 7 for the California Literary Review.

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Sean Martinfield interviews principal dancer Tiit Helimets in the San Francisco Sentinel.

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In the San Francisco Chronicle, Steven Winn reviews the Sunday matinee performance of "The Little Mermaid" on May 1, 2011 with Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-Francois Vilanoba in the leading roles.

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Lauren Gallagher reviews "The Little Mermaid" with Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Lelimets in the leading roles in the San Francisco Examiner.

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Geri Jeter reviews "The Little Mermaid" in the California Literary Review.

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San Francisco Ballet's annual performance at the Stern Grove Festival will be on Sunday, July 31, 2011. The program includes Helgi Tomasson's "7 for Eight," Balanchine's "Symphony in C" and a special program segment featuring the San Francisco Ballet School's training regimen. Allan Ulrich previews the program in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Should be an interesting program. I hope someone will give a full report. I am especially interested in what the trainees will be doing.


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I sincerely hope the crowd is better behaved at Stern Grove this weekend than last Sunday. Maybe because it was sunny, don't know, but I've never witnessed such behavior. Group of drunk frat boys right behind me talking, laughing, belching, high fiving, never heard a note of Emperor Concerto. Then after moving during intermission, very drunk middle aged couple placing bets on whether they could shout loud enough to be heard on stage. First time in my life I left Stern Grove early. Grove staff said they cannot do anything about behavior by attendees, however disruptive!

Yes, I wrote them a letter.

I'm actually hoping for cloudy weather, not enough to stop the performance, just uncomfortable enough so only people who are interested show up.


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Former SFB Principal Dancer Katita Waldo, now a Ballet Master, writes about learning new choreography and working with dancers from a different perspective for the Huffington Post.

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The New York Times reports on the August 1 wedding of principal dancers Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan in San Francisco.

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San Francisco Ballet will perform at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa from September 27 through October 2. Heather Youmans previews the programs in the Los Angeles Times.

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Vickie Smith Paluch previews the company's performances at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa for the Daily Breeze.

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