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Cruel Shoes Update, Old World Edition: “These are pretty high for the airport!” – Plus, San Francisco Ballet Update

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Our San Francisco Ballet is on the road after just completing its 79th season.

This week it’s San Francisco>London>Moscow>Yekaterinburg.

Here’s the view from a baggage carousel deep inside Russia, from Maria Kochetkova:

Indeed, these are pretty high for the airport.

Here’s your ballet update for May 2012:

“The 80th Season

A world of dance awaits you as part of San Francisco Ballet’s 80th Season. The 2013 Season includes world premieres by Yuri Possokhov, Wayne McGregor, and Alexei Ratmansky; Onegin— back by popular demand! Hamburg Ballet performing John Neumeier’s epic dance-theatre work, Nijinsky; the return of audience favorites by Robbins, Wheeldon, and Balanchine; and the U.S. premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, a production you don’t want to miss!

View the 2013 Season Overview

Subscribers, renew now to reserve your seats, or call415.865.2000, Mon through Fri, 10am to 4pm.

If you’d like to join the SF Ballet family as a subscriber, call 415.865.2000, Mon through Fri, 10am to 4pm, and you’ll have access to the best seats in the house when seating begins in July.”

 

SF Ballet School Student Showcase
May 30 – June 1 

Each year, the SF Ballet School Student Showcase gives Bay Area audiences the rare opportunity to experience the extraordinary talents of the next generation of world-class dancers, many of whom will go on to perform with SF Ballet and other companies around the world. The performance highlights not only the breadth and depth of the School’s students — ranging from youngsters to SFBallet’s pre-professional Trainees — but also the outstanding caliber of its world renowned faculty. The performances are held in the intimate Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Watch highlights of the 2011 SF Ballet Student Showcase

Purchase tickets to Student Showcase

 

SF Ballet School 2012 Student Showcase Dinner and Performance Thu, May 31

Performance: 6pm, Novellus Theater at YBCA

Reception: 7:30pm, The St. Regis Hotel

Dinner: 8:30pm, The St. Regis Hotel

Hosted by the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, the Student Showcase Dinner celebrates the SF BalletSchool. The event raises funds to support the scholarship and financial aid programs of the School, one of the leading ballet schools in the world. The evening features the Student Showcase performance in the Novellus Theater at YBCA, followed by a reception and seated dinner across the street at The St. Regis Hotel.

Information and tickets for Student Showcase Dinner and Performance

 

“Get in Front” Benefit Performance June 6 featuring SFBallet Dancers

The “Get in Front” Performance is the first-ever event of its kind, featuring performers from 11 of the Bay Area’s most respected dance companies. The creative team behind this event are SF BalletSoloists Garen Scribner and James Sofranko. They have partnered with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California to “Get In Front” of cancer with this one-night-only benefit. Enjoy performances by Yuan Yuan Tan, Maria Kochetkova, Sarah Van Patten, Frances Chung, Pierre-Francois Vilanoba, Joan Boada, and others in the intimate Herbst Theater.

Performance tickets start at $35. The After Party and Silent Auction, to be held upstairs in the Herbst Green Room, are included in tickets priced at $125 or higher. Buy tickets online  or call 415-392-4400.

Watch a “Get in Front” video featuring Garen Scribner and James Sofranko

 

Artist Spotlight: Vito Mazzeo

This month’s artist spotlight video features Principal Dancer Vito Mazzeo. Enjoy exclusive performance footage, and learn more about Vito’s life growing up in Italy, his training and career, and how he came to become a member of SF Ballet.

Watch Vito Mazzeo’s Artist Spotlight video.


Don Quixote is a Hit at the San Francisco Ballet – But Get Your Tickets Now – Season Ends May 6th, 2012

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Here it is, your last chance to see a San Francisco Ballet performance this season.

The reviews are in:

Janos Gereben in the SF Examiner: S.F. Ballet ‘Don Quixote’ a season-closer to remember

Allan Ulrich in the San Francisco Chronicle: ‘Don Quixote’ review: S.F. Ballet adds eye appeal

San Francisco cultural critic Sean Martinfield in the Huffington Post: ’Don Quixote’ Is Spanking New at San Francisco Ballet

Vanessa Zahorian by Erik Tomasson

And guess what! Tonight, Thursday May 3rd, you can get in on the after-hours party.

Check it:

“Join us for “Thursdays at the Ballet” this Thu, May 3!

Featuring a spectacular performance and an exclusive post-performance party with friends and SF Ballet dancers

 SF Ballet invites you to experience our final “Thursdays at the Ballet” of the 2012 season, featuring our sparkling, newly designed production of Don Quixote and an exclusive post-performance party. Mingle with friends and SF Ballet dancers and enjoy Latin-style music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, tequila sampling and cocktails by Tres Agaves!

To purchase “Thursdays” package tickets visit sfballet.org/Thursdays or call 415.865.2000 and add the party on to your ticket order for this Thu, May 3.”

All right, see you there!

OMG, The Donkey’s Here, The Donkey’s Here! Our 2012 San Francisco Ballet Season Ends with Don Quixote, Through May 6th

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

If you want to ease into ballet, the way to do it is with your Three-Act Story Ballets, right? You get a beginning, a middle, and an end. What could be better than that.

As here, and now, with the last show of the 2012 season, Don Quixote with new scenery and new costumes.

Oh, and a new donkey too!

Click to expand – via the San Francisco Ballet

You’ve got ten different chances to see DQ in Civic Center. Which will you pick?

See you there!

And don’t forget:

“All Meet the Artist interviews are held at the War Memorial Opera House and begin one hour prior to curtain. Pointes of View Lectures are conducted from 6–7pm in the Green Room, located on the second floor of the Veterans Building or in the Herbst Theatre on the ground floor of the Veterans Building, conveniently located across the courtyard from the War Memorial Opera House at 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister Street).

Fri, April 27, 8pm* | Sun, April 29, 2pm* | Wed, May 2, 7:30pm^ | Sun, May 6, 2pm*

*Meet the Artist Interview/^Pointes of View Lecture

View Meet the Artist Interview and Pointes of View Lecture details and descriptions.”

If You’ve Never Been to the San Francisco Ballet Before, This is It: Don Quixote at a Discount! – Get Your Tickets at Noon Today!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Don Quixote might very well end up being the best program of the season at our world-class San Francisco Ballet.

You’ll like it.

So click here.

I don’t know what the actual deal is, but it should be good.

We’ll all find out today at noon.

Act now.

 

OMG, the Newly-Announced 2013 San Francisco Ballet Season Looks Great – Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Neumeier’s Nijinsky, and More

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Here’s the season announcement for 2013, just released. Deets below.

But don’t forget about Programs 7 and 8 from the current season:

Program 7

Divertimento No. 15
Scotch Symphony
The Four Temperaments

Program 8

Don Quixote

And here’s how next year is looking:

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES 2013 REPERTORY SEASON

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE THE U.S. PREMIERE OF WHEELDON’S CINDERELLA, NEUMEIER’S NIJINSKY BY VISITING COMPANY HAMBURG BALLET, THE SF BALLET PREMIERE OF LIFAR’SSUITE EN BLANC, PLUS WORLD PREMIERES BYMCGREGOR, POSSOKHOV & RATMANSKY

SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, April 10, 2012—San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, has announced the repertory and performance schedule for its 80thRepertory Season. SF Ballet’s 2013 Repertory Season will include the U.S. premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length Cinderella; the Northern California premiere of Nijinsky by Hamburg Ballet Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier, which will be performed on Program 2 by the renowned Hamburg Ballet; the SF Ballet premiere of Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; plus world premieres by Wayne McGregor, SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, and Alexei Ratmansky. The season will also feature works by acclaimed choreographers such as George Balanchine, John Cranko, Edwaard Liang, Mark Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Ashley Page, Jerome Robbins, and San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson.

The 2013 Repertory Season will begin with Nutcracker, which runs December 7 through 28, 2012 for a total of 31 performances. Following the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, January 24, 2013, the season will consist of eight programs performed in alternating repertory, from January 29 to May 12.

 “I’ve enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with John Neumeier that dates back to my career as a dancer. This season we are thrilled to host Hamburg Ballet as they present Neumeier’s highly acclaimed and dramatic Nijinsky, on the second program of our repertory season,” said Tomasson. “We are also delighted to perform the American premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length Cinderella, which promises to be a real treat for our local audiences. I am also pleased that some of the world’s best choreographers will create new works for the Company.”

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Our Excellent San Francisco Ballet’s Excellent 2012 Season is Already Half Over – Programs 5 and 6 Run Through April 1, No Fooling

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Well, Programs 5 and 6 are debuting this week at our world-class San Francisco Ballet, and they’ll run through April 1st, 2012.

But don’t take my word for it. Instead, take the words of Teri McCollum in the newish Odette’s Ordeal website. (OMG, there’s a lot of stuff in there.)

All right, see you at the ballet!

Program 5OPENING NIGHTWednesday, March 21, 20127:30 PM

THE FIFTH SEASON
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Karl Jenkins
Conductor: Martin West
Frances Chung*, Davit Karapetyan
Sarah Van Patten, Pierre-François Vilanoba
Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith

INTERMISSION

World Premiere
SYMPHONIC DANCES
Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Conductor: Martin West
Yuan Yuan Tan*, Vito Mazzeo*
Sofiane Sylve*, Tiit Helimets*
Maria Kochetkova*, Vitor Luiz*

INTERMISSION

GLASS PIECES
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins
Composer: Philip Glass
Conductor: Martin West

Courtney Elizabeth, Hansuke Yamamoto
Elana Altman, Anthony Spaulding
Dana Genshaft, Sean Orza*
Sofiane Sylve*, Pierre-François Vilanoba

In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change

Program 6OPENING NIGHTFriday, March 23, 2012 – 8:00PM

RAYMONDA ACT III
Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev
Composer: Alexander Glazunov
Conductor: Martin West
Countess Sybille: Elana Altman*
King of Hungary: Pierre-François Vilanoba*
Raymonda: Sofiane Sylve*
Jean de Brienne: Tiit Helimets*
Grand Pas Classique: Dores Andre*, Courtney Elizabeth*, Dana Genshaft*, Frances Chung*
Charlene Cohen*, Nicole Ciapponi*, Vanessa Zahorian, Sarah Van Patten*
Luke Willis*, Steven Morse*, Sebastian Vinet*, Lonnie Weeks*
Isaac Hernandez*, Hansuke Yamamoto*, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira*, Quinn Wharton*
1st solo: Sarah Van Patten
2nd solo: Frances Chung
3rd solo: Vanessa Zahorian
4th solo: Charlene Cohen
Pas de Quatre: Hansuke Yamamoto, Isaac Hernandez, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira, Steven Morse
Pas de Trois: Nicole Ciapponi, Dores Andre, Courtney Elizabeth

INTERMISSION

RAkU
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Composer: Shinji Eshima
Conductor: Martin West
Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith
Pascal Molat

INTERMISSION

GUIDE TO STRANGE PLACES
Choreographer: Ashley Page
Composer: John Adams
Conductor: Martin West
Sarah Van Patten*, Anthony Spaulding*
Maria Kochetkova*, Gennadi Nedvigin*
Frances Chung*, Pascal Molat*
Vanessa Zahorian*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*

*Denotes premiere in role

You Have Just a Few More Days to See the Excellent Programs 2 and 3 at Our San Francisco Ballet!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Before you look ahead to Romeo and Juliet and Programs 5 and 6 coming up in March, don’t miss out on your chances to see Program 2 or Program 3 at our world-class San Francisco Ballet.

The dog ate my homework on this one, so this will be a short post. (If I had to pick one to see again, it’d be Program #3, but that’s just me.)

Cheap Date: Take Your Honey to the San Francisco Ballet for as Little as $15 Bucks a Ticket on Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

This is it: 2012 is the year to impress your Valentine’s Day date by attending a showing of the vaunted, world-class San Francisco Ballet for less than what it cost you to see Transformers III: Dark of the Moon at the AMC.

Check it:

“Our gift to you: we’re offering 2-for-1 ballet tickets for Valentine’s Day! Be quick as these WILL sell out!”

So there you go. Type in the secret code and then all the available seats you can see will be marked down – for example Balcony
Center tickets will cost you just $30 a pair.

ZOMG!

Maria Kochetkova and Gennadi Nedvigin in Wheeldon’s Number Nine© Erik Tomasson

You’re going to be seeing Program 2, which is contemporary ballet so there’s no need to study up on the plot first – just get you ticks and go.

“Join San Francisco Ballet for the return of Wayne McGregor’s stunning Chroma, an award-winning contemporary work proclaimed “ravishing on all fronts” by theSunday Times (UK), set to music compositions by Joby Talbot and arrangements by Jack White III. The evening also features Beaux, a world premiere work by acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris, and an encore presentation of Christopher Wheeldon’s breathtaking Number Nine, featuring a large ensemble of 24 dancers and set to an exhilarating score by Michael Torke.

Read the program notes.

The 2011 world premiere of Number Nine was made possible by Lead Sponsors Shelby and Frederick Gans, David and Kelsey Lamond, and Mr. and Mrs. James N. Sullivan, and by Major Sponsors Rosemary B. Baker, and Jennifer Caldwell and John H. N. Fisher, and by Sponsors Courtney Benoist and Jason M. Fish. The 2012 world premiere of Beaux is made possible by Lead Sponsors Mrs. Suzy Kellems Dominik and The Bernard Osher Foundation.”

See you there! 

PROGRAM 2: OPENING NIGHT – Tuesday, February 14 – 8:00PM

Chroma
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Composer: Joby Talbot, Jack White III
Conductor: Martin West

Maria Kochetkova, Jaime Garcia Castilla
Frances Chung, Pascal Molat
Yuan Yuan Tan, Taras Domitro
Dana Genshaft, Anthony Spaulding
Isaac Hernandez, Garen Scribner

INTERMISSION

World Premiere
Beaux
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Bohuslav Martinů
Conductor: Martin West
Harpsichord: Bradley Moore

Jeremy Rucker*, Pascal Molat*, Benjamin Stewart*
Vito Mazzeo*, Ruben Martin Cintas*, Gennadi Nedvigin*
Sean Bennett*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*, Diego Cruz*

INTERMISSION

Number Nine©
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Composer: Michael Torke
Conductor: Charles Barker

Dores Andre, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira
Vanessa Zahorian, Garen Scribner
Sarah Van Patten, Ruben Martin Cintas,
Sofiane Sylve*, Vito Mazzeo*

*Denotes premiere in role

In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change

OMG, Onegin at the San Francisco Ballet is Fantastic! A Must-See! But There are Just Four Performances Left

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

If you’ve never seen ballet before,* this is it. This week is your last chance to see the debut performances of Onegin from our world-class San Francisco Ballet in our world-class War Memorial Opera House.

The plot is super simple – it’s easy to follow along. So, as Sean Martinfield points out, you shouldn’t expect a bunch of twists and turns and “resolving climaxes.”

No matter, this production is VERY IMPRESSIVE.

Get your tickets here for tonight or Wednesday or Thursday or Friday. And then it will be gone, before you know it. And then you’ll have the rest of this full-spectrum season to consider.

Vitor Luiz & Maria Kochetkova in Onegin – Photo © Erik Tomasson

Oh, the reviews are in:

Mary Ellen Hunt in the San Francisco Chronicle;

Ann Murphy in the San Jose Mercury News;

Saturday Matinee;

ART Hound; and

Odette’s Ordeal (Wow, there’s a lot of stuff here. Is Teri McCollum going to see four shows in this run? Wow.) 

All right, see you there! 

TUESDAY, 1/31

Onegin: Vitor Luiz; Tatiana: Maria Kochetkova; Lensky: Gennadi Nedvigin; Olga: Clara Blanco. Conductor: Martin West. Performance begins at 8:00 pm.

WEDNESDAY, 2/1

Onegin: Davit Karapetyan; Tatiana: Vanessa Zahorian; Lenksy: Taras Domitro; Olga: Dana Genshaft; Gremin: Quinn Wharton. Conductor: David LaMarche. Performance begins at 7:30 pm.

THURSDAY, 2/2

Onegin: Pierre-Francois Vilanoba; Tatiana: Sarah Van Patten; Lensky: Isaac Hernandez; Olga: Courtney Elizabeth; Gremin: Tiit Helimets. Conductor: David LaMarche. Performance begins at 8:00 pm.

FRIDAY, 2/3

Onegin: Ruben Martin Cintas; Tatiana: Yuan Yuan Tan; Lensky: Jaime Garcia Castilla; Olga: Dores Andre; Gremin: Damian Smith. Conductor: Martin West. Performance begins at 8:00 pm. 

* And if it turns out you don’t like what you see, then you don’t like ballet. And that’s fine, at least you tried. And how much money will you be out, like double the cost of going to see Ernest Goes to Camp II 3D at the Metreon? Something like that.

“Me Dancing” by Principal Dancer Maria Kochetkova – Plus, International Auditions for Ballet School Summer Session 2012

Monday, November 14th, 2011

World-famous ballerina Maria Kochetkova is down in Mexico City these days, but she’ll be back to our world-class San Francisco Ballet for the 2012 Season soon enough.

This one is simply entitled, “Me Dancing.”

Via balletrusse

Hey, speaking of ballet, here’s a recent announcement about why you always see gaggles of ballet students congregating around Civic Center every summer:

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SCHOOL ANNOUNCES - NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AUDITION TOURS

SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, has announced the schedule for its first-ever International Audition Tour. The School has also announced the dates for its 2012 National Audition Tour. Over the course of three months, hundreds of teenage girls and boys from across Europe and the U.S. will audition for an invitation to attend one of two Summer Sessions offered by San Francisco Ballet School. These include Program 1, a three-week program for intermediate students, and Program 2, a four-week program designed for advanced and pre-professional students. Program 1 will be held this summer from June 11–29; Program 2 will be held July 9–August 3.

The 2012 International Audition Tour is scheduled to visit 4 European cities: London; Madrid; Marseille, France and Florence, Italy. These auditions will be held for advanced and pre-professional students, only.

The 2012 National Audition Tour is scheduled to visit 11 U.S. cities: Boca Raton, FL; Boston; Chicago; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Irvine, CA; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica, CA; Seattle; Washington, D.C. and Winston-Salem, NC.

“There are many talented young dancers throughout Europe who are well-suited to participate in our training programs,” said Lola de Avila, associate director of the San Francisco Ballet School. “For the first time ever, San Francisco Ballet School is thrilled to hold international auditions, offering prospective students the chance to receive the highest-caliber training.”

Nearly 1,500 intermediate and advanced-level students are expected to audition on the tour, vying for approximately 125 positions for each of the School’s Summer Session programs. The Summer Sessions will include intensive classes in classical ballet technique, pointe work, batterie, dance history, repertoire, character, and Pilates. Students must attend a Summer Session in order to be considered for admittance to the School’s regular school year program.

About San Francisco Ballet School
San Francisco Ballet School, the country’s oldest classical academy, is directed by San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Associate Director Lola de Avila. Now, over 75 years after its founding, the School boasts a distinguished international staff, a Trainee Program for advanced-level students, a dedicated student residence, and an extensive scholarship program. San Francisco Ballet School attracts students from around the world, training approximately 350 annually. In addition to filling the ranks of San Francisco Ballet, graduates have gone on to join distinguished ballet companies throughout the world.

For more information on San Francisco Ballet School’s Summer Sessions, visit: www.sfballet.org/school/summer_session.