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 Post subject: San Francisco Ballet 2008 Opening Night Gala
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:24 pm 
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Opening Night Gala
Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 8pm

American Premiere
Excerpts from YONDERING
Music: Tape
Casting: Students of San Francisco Ballet School

Excerpt from ELITE SYNCOPATIONS
Band Leader: Michael McGraw
Casting: Rachel Viselli*, Damian Smith

-INTERMISSION-

San Francisco Ballet Premiere
SECRET PLACES
Conductor: Martin West
Piano: Roy Bogas
Casting: Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun*, Molly Smolen*, Aaron Orza*, Brett Bauer*

TWO BITS
Music: Tape
Casting: Katita Waldo*, Gennadi Nedvigin

Pas de Deux from CAROUSEL (A DANCE)
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Sarah Van Patten, Pierre-François Vilanoba

World Premiere
THE ENERGY BETWEEN US
Music: Tape
Casting: Pauli Magierek*, Rory Hohenstein*, Frances Chung*, Julianna Kepley*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*, Matthew Stewart*

San Francisco Ballet Premiere
TWO PIECES FOR HET (for Rachel)
Music: Tape
Casting: Sofiane Sylve, Anthony Spaulding*

San Francisco Ballet Premiere
DELIBES SUITE
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Vanessa Zahorian*, Davit Karapetyan*

-INTERMISSION-

San Francisco Ballet Premiere
Excerpt from ALLES WALZER
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Nicolas Blanc*, Pascal Molat*

Adagio from SONATA
Conductor: Martin West
Piano: Roy Bogas
Cello: David Kadarauch
Casting: Tina LeBlanc*, Ruben Martin*

Pas de Deux from LA ESMERALDA
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada

San Francisco Ballet Premiere
DISTANT CRIES
Conductor: Martin West
Oboe: Laura Griffiths
Casting: Yuan Yuan Tan*, Damian Smith*

Finale from “DIAMONDS”
Conductor: Martin West
Casting: Vanessa Zahorian*, Davit Karapetyan*

* Designates premiere in a role.
Casting subject to change.

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I don't see Lorena Feijoo listed here or Kristen Long or Elana Altman or Garrett Anderson. Typically, all of the principals and soloists are among those dancing on opening night. Also, Tiit Helimets is not listed, but I have heard he is injured.

I am looking forward to the gala performance.


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I am glad to see Tina cast after her injury.

And so many of "my" kids.

Have fun everyone. I want a detailed account from everyone.


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From the SF Chronicle.

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S.F. Ballet's 75th anniversary celebration begins
Carolyne Zinko,Sylvia Rubin, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, January 24, 2008

With pomp and circumstance and dripping with rain - and diamonds, too - patrons of the San Francisco Ballet celebrated the dance company's 75th anniversary Wednesday night.

The world-famous company, led by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, drew some drew some 1,375 guests to a formal dinner at City Hall - about 500 more guests than years past, owing to the landmark event. Under the rotunda, pale hues and tables laden with wintery branches decked in glitter made for a festive diamond anniversary theme.


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S.F. Ballet's diamond year packs in premieres
Jesse Hamlin, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Celebrating its diamond anniversary, the San Francisco Ballet will premiere 10 new ballets by as many choreographers - big names from here and abroad - during its New Works Festival April 22-May 6.

The Ballet also announced today that former New York City Ballet principal Sofiane Sylve will be a guest artist this season. She was to make her company debut at the Ballet's opening-night gala Wednesday, dancing Hans van Manen's "Two Pieces for Het."


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This from the Oakland Tribune.

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Pioneering San Francisco Ballet celebrates diamond anniversary
By Robert Taylor, STAFF WRITER
THE SAN Francisco Ballet's 75th anniversary opened with a sold-out "Diamond Gala Celebration" performance Wednesday night at the Opera House, and the diamond jubilee is being marked by everything from a $60 coffee-table book complete with DVD to a repertoire season crammed with 10 new works.
There will be tributes and reunions and nostalgic interviews and dinner parties and a proclamation from the mayor, certainly. It's all heady stuff, and a remarkable achievement for a dance company that started in the midst of the Great Depression as an adjunct to the San Francisco Opera, cheated death twice and performed America's first "Nutcracker" with a production tacked together from thrift-store yardage.


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I'll post a more complete review later, but one of my favorites of the night was Anthony Spaulding. Simply amazing! So strong technically, and he held his own with Sofiane. In fact, there were many times where my eye went to him before her.

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San Francisco Ballet
75th Anniversary Gala
War Memorial Opera House
January 23, 2008

San Francisco Ballet’s 75th anniversary officially kicked off last night with the Diamond Gala Celebration, an evening-long tribute to America’s oldest professional ballet company. The evening’s performance portion opened with the Star Spangled Banner and a welcome and salute to past Christensen Medals awardees hosted by Board Co-Chairs Pamela Joyner and James Herbert (who was presented with his own medal onstage), and what followed was a lengthy but congratulatory tribute to the company.

First to take the stage (at least in pointe shoes and slippers) were advanced-level students of San Francisco Ballet School, performing excerpts of the American premiere John Niemeyer’s “Yondering,” a work that examines the transition from adolescent to adult (and with nice, expressive choreography to boot). What a joy it was to see these young dancers perform on the mainstage! They leaped, sautéd, and spun with crisp attack and flowing, natural epaulment.

With 14 former SF Ballet principal dancers onstage as the “audience,“ Rachel Viselli and Damian Smith coyly moved through an excerpt from Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s “Elite Syncopations. Following a season-ending knee injury last year, Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun returned to the stage with Molly Smolen, Brett Bauer, and Aaron Orza. All four looked wonderful technique wise, but former Principal Dancer Parrish Maynard’s “Secret Places” couldn’t quite hold it’s own. Sizzling in Helgi Tomasson’s “Two Bits,” Gennadi Nedvigin commanded the stage out with his soft yet powerful persona, and Katita Waldo boldly piquéd to and fro as his female equal.

Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba brought the lulls of dreams and romance to the stage in the pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s “Carousel (A Dance).” But one of the low points of the evening came with Wade Robson‘s “The Energy Between Us,” set to music by Télépop Musik. Robson, of Britney Spears/N’Sync/“So You Think You Can Dance?” fame, choreographed this thankfully short ballet, which featured Pauli Magierek and Rory Hohenstein as the slinky “Us.“ Frances Chung, Julianne Kepley, Jaime Garcia Castilla, and Matthew Stewart, all of star quality on their own, overtly played the part of some funky energy (imagine red kimonos, red shoes, red striped eye makeup, and spiky Mohawks for the women), but the choreography was so simplistic that I was offended. Really, all six of these dancers deserve much more than an MTV/FOX mishmash of second-rate choreography. Luckily there were seven more pieces to make up my disappointment.

Sofiane Sylve, who has joined the company for the first five programs as a guest principal artist, and corps de ballet member Anthony Spaulding presented Hans van Manen‘s “Two Pieces for Het (for Rachel)” with intense heat. Sylve, with the requisite pillow-like feet and incredible extension, swept across the stage as if she’s been here in the Bay Area for years, but it was Spaulding who exceeded all expectations, rising to the occasion and equaling Sylve in just about every way. I have high hopes for him in the future.

Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan danced José Martinez’ “Delibes Suite,” dressed in lovely deep bluish purple costumes designed by Agnès Letestu. Karapetyan moved admirably, but Zahorian stole the show with her impressive and successive display of relevés and spot-on-a-dime piqué turns. Pascal Molat and Nicolas Blanc added a little humor and wit to the evening in an excerpt from Renato Zanella’s “Alles Walzer,” and their “who can outdo the other” mentality brought jolly chuckles from the seats around me. Tina LeBlanc, another dancer who has returned after undergoing knee surgery, joined Ruben Martin in the heartfelt adagio from Tomasson’s “Sonata.” LeBlanc proved she is the epitome of a ballerina, easily fusing her amazingly fine technique with the intangible quality of performance. There was no turn, head tilt, or arabesque; instead, there was "the dance," and over and over again, you felt for her and with her. Roy Bogas and David Kadarauch accompanied them splendidly on the piano and cello respectively.

Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada brought a little tradition to the stage with the pas de deux from “La Esmeralda.” Kochetkova, with her sly échappés and forceful grand battements, captivated the audience with her charm and phrasing, but Boada didn’t quite measure up, hurrying his jetés and pirouettes while not quite finishing each movement. Changing things up, Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith flowed in Edwaard Liang’s “Distant Cries,” an ever-moving river of lifts, reaching, and grasps. Liang designed the costumes: Tan in a light colored dress and Smith in black pants, and both dancers looked effortless, moving through the cornucopia of shapes and feelings with complete abandon.

Aptly, the finale from George Balanchine’s stately “Diamonds” closed out the evening. Featuring Zahorian and Karapetyan, the company courted and promenaded, but somehow the stage looked slightly cluttered. Zahorian and Karapetyan, though, soared through, leading the evening to a close with rounding applause during the company bows, compete with confetti and a balloon drop from overhead. The evening's performance wrapped up at 11:20PM, and not a moment to soon. Forty minutes later, I would have turned into a pumpkin. But that’s a totally different ballet!

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Gala dancers hold exciting promise
Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent
Friday, January 25, 2008

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"Maestro!" Pascal Molat shouted with a mischievous grin before launching himself into a dizzying whirl of jetes. Soon Nicolas Blanc rushed the Opera House stage to give Molat a run for the money, stopping pirouettes with the surreal physics of a cartoon character, capering effortlessly through an excerpt from Italian choreographer Renato Zanella's zany "Alles Walzer."

It was the kind of moment to make you sit up and realize that San Francisco has one of the world's leading ballet companies, a revelation that Wednesday's San Francisco Ballet gala supplied in overwhelming variety. From the company's consummate actress, Sarah Van Patten, girlishly swooning in the duet from Christopher Wheeldon's "Carousel (A Dance)" to the tiny Russian recruit Maria Kochetkova teasingly tambourine-tapping through the tricks of "La Esmeralda" and the debut of guest artist Sofiane Sylve, there was no shortage of star turns to remind us why San Francisco Ballet's 75th anniversary is a big deal: Not because of its novel past (America's oldest professional ballet company, as you'll hear ad nauseam this season), but because of its promising present.


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S.F. Ballet review: The joy of dancing at 75
Janos Gereben, The Examiner
Jan. 24, 2008

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America's oldest ballet company celebrated its 75th birthday Wednesday night with grace, power, Americana and youth. Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson could have opened the gala with some of the company's top stars dancing in a 19th-century French or Russian classic, but instead he opted for something brave, meaningful and "right."

The stars came out later, shining brightly, but the enchanting opening piece was a quintessentially American work, set on Stephen Foster songs (performed gloriously by Thomas Hampson on an Angel recording), and danced to a T by students of the Ballet School. It was thrilling to see the Ballet marking three-quarters of a century with American music, choreography, and the old company's explosive young talent.


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And from the San Jose Mercury News.

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'Diamonds' and more add glitter to S.F. Ballet opener
By Rita Felciano
for the Mercury News
Article Launched: 01/25/2008 03:04:50 AM PST



Wednesday, at San Francisco Ballet's 75th Anniversary Gala, the diamonds around the necks of patrons competed with the fakes worn by dancers in the finale of "Diamonds," George Balanchine's tribute to the Imperial Ballet of Russia. That piece crowned an evening of glamour off stage and on, in a fitting birthday party for America's oldest ballet company.

Galas usually highlight a troupe's stars and serve as teasers for the upcoming season. Mostly that means programming pas de deux. This year, Helgi Tomasson, the company's artistic director, avoided the tried and true and put together a rich mix that kept the audience entertained until the final curtain at 11:30 p.m.


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