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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2011 Season
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:19 pm 
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Laura Bleiberg reviews SFB's Orange County performance in the Los Angeles Times. The mixed bill includes Helgi Tomasson's "Trio," Yuri Possakhov's "RAkU" and Balanchine's "Symphony in C."

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Paul Hodgins for the Orange County Register.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2011 Season
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Segerstrom Hall
09/30/2011 - and October 1, 2, 2011
Sergei Prokofiev:Romeo and Juliet, opus 64
Joan Boada (Romeo), Maria Kochetkova (Juliet), Gennadi Nedvigin (Mercutio), Damian Smith (Tybalt), Ricardo Bustamante (Friar Laurence), Val Caniparoli (Lord Capulet), Sofiane Sylve (Lady Capulet), Anita Paciotti (Nurse), Garen Scribner (Count Paris), Jaime Garcia Castilla (Benvolio), Martino Pistone (Prince of Verona), Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun (Rosaline), Ruben Martin Cintas (Lord Montague), Mariellen Olson (Lady Montague), Courtney Elizabeth/Pauli Magierek (Harlots), Dores Andre/Benjamin Stewart/Matthew Stewart (Acrobats), Clara Blanco/Nicole Ciapponi/Koto Ishihara/Madison Keesler/Alexandra McCullagh (Juliet’s Friends), Diego Cruz/Jeremy Rucker/Benjamin Stewart/Matthew Stewart/Raymond Tilton/Quinn Wharton (Capulet Men), Daniel Baker/Dustin Spero/Myles Thatcher/Sebastian Vinet (Montague Men),

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Laura Bleiberg reviews "Romeo and Juliet" for the Los Angeles Times.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2011 Season
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In the San Francisco Chronicle, David Wiegand reviews John Neumeier's "The Little Mermaid," to be broadcast on PBS' "Great Performances" on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 9:00 p.m.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Ballet: 2011 Season
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Dance 2011: Highs, lows and top 10 moments

Mary Ellen Hunt, Special to The Chronicle
Sunday, December 25, 2011

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Maria Kochetkova and Gennadi Nedvigin at San Francisco Ballet. In the greatest partnerships in ballet, the union is greater than the sum of its parts, and so it was with these two dancers throughout the 2011 season. It wasn't just that his princely comportment set off her delicate phrasing in "Giselle," or that his rakishness highlighted her vivacity in "Coppelia." So well matched in their impeccable Russian training, Kochetkova and Nedvigin serve up not only artistry of the highest caliber but also that inexpressible, mysterious excitement born of potent onstage chemistry.

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San Francisco Ballet’s “The Little Mermaid”
16 December 2011
PBS Broadcast

by Dean Speer

Weighing in at about an hour too long [of two hours], John Neumier’s opus is well-crafted, if unnecessarily lengthy. My other fuss would be that he allows himself to be pulled into using some hack movement and gestures. Editing would strengthen this ballet and make it more palatable to the general public’s state and taste.

The performance is a triumph for its star, Yuan Yuan Tan, whose amazing length of limb and textured dancing and acting lift the work from the maudlin to the sublime. Yuan Yuan is one of those rare dancers in a class of her own whose physical attributes, combined with technical audacity and depth of feeling and artistry make each performance special.

Her depiction of her transition from losing her tail to trying to learn to walk shows the physical and psychological pain this character allows herself to be put through, but to no avail.

It was the first time I had seen Tiit Helimets and we were not disappointed. Possessing also a lovely technique – clearly he’d had top rate training, Helimets also brought depth to his characterization of the privileged ship captain, a piece of the story that also tends to suggest not only a sea creature trying to fulfill love on land but also a class difference, that creates an unbridgeable gulf.

Davit Karapetyan got to dance and act up a storm – almost literally as the sea witch who temps and lures the mermaid into trading fin for feet and who later suggests that she murder her love object in order to get her tail – and her former life – back.

Dance on television is a good thing -- as is anything that brings this art to a wider public and especially to those whose communities don’t have ballet -- but it can also be problematic. Most of the corps work could not be seen as the cameras were zoomed in on the principal characters, with some notable exceptions – sailors whose early group dance set the working relationship they have with their captain – and his detachment from reality [he’s more occupied with playing onboard golf than running the ship – does he even know how?] and the wedding reception scene where Ariel is forced to carry the wedding dress train of her rival.

Overall, a joy to see the remarkable and respected San Francisco Ballet, even if the ballet itself was a little long and the medium not as ideal as personally being in the audience of the historic and grand War Memorial Opera House.

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