Posts Tagged ‘Ballet’

San Francisco has a New Ballet Master: Christopher Stowell Just Appointed to San Francisco Ballet

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Bienvenue chez toi, Christopher Stowell!

All the deets from our San Francisco Ballet:

“SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF CHRISTOPHER STOWELL TO THE POSITION OF BALLET MASTER & ASSISTANT TO THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

SAN FRANCISCO, CA Monday, July 28, 2014—San Francisco Ballet has announced the appointment of Christopher Stowell to the title of ballet master and assistant to the artistic director, effective August 25, 2014. Stowell will oversee a number of artistic duties in addition to those held by former Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director Bruce Sansom. Prior to the appointment, Stowell served as Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Stowell will report to SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. In this position, he will serve as Tomasson’s designate and liaison to Executive Director Glenn McCoy and SF Ballet’s administrative team on matters of planning, budgeting, and program expense management. He will also assist with scheduling, and artist and season management. As Ballet Master, Stowell will teach Company class and rehearse ballets for the repertory season.

“Many may remember Christopher from his long and successful career in the Company,” said Tomasson. “Christopher joined San Francisco Ballet in 1985 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1990. I look forward to working closely with both him and our current Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director, Ricardo Bustamante, in these complementary roles,” added Tomasson.

Christopher Stowell was born in New York City and received his training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. In 1985 he joined SF Ballet where he danced for sixteen years, appearing in theaters throughout the world including the Paris Opera House, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. As a principal dancer, Stowell performed leading roles in the full-length classics Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Othello, and had roles created for him by Tomasson, Mark Morris, William Forsythe, and James Kudelka. An established interpreter of the George Balanchine repertoire, Stowell appeared in almost every Balanchine ballet performed by SF Ballet. Upon his retirement in 2001, he was accorded a gala farewell at the War Memorial Opera House.

Stowell has taught and coached in San Francisco, New York, Japan, China, and Europe. He has created new works for SF Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute. He has also staged the works of George Balanchine and Mark Morris.

In 2003, Christopher Stowell became Oregon Ballet Theatre’s second artistic director. He made significant additions to the OBT repertoire, bringing to Portland works from some of the world’s most celebrated choreographers, including Ashton, Balanchine, Robbins, Taylor, Tomasson, Wheeldon, and Lubovitch. During Stowell’s tenure with OBT, the company performed in Korea and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C—as well as venues in New York, Chicago, Colorado, Washington, and Wyoming. In addition to creating eight world premieres for OBT, including Swan Lake (2006), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007), The Rite of Spring (2009), Carmen (2011), and Ekho (2012), Stowell also commissioned works by internationally prominent artists James Kudelka, Kent Stowell, Trey McIntyre, Yuri Possokhov, Julia Adam, and Nicolo Fonte. Stowell served as OBT’s artistic director from 2003-12.

About San Francisco Ballet
As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. Recent highlights include the United States premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, which was broadcast internationally, as well as nationally on PBS’s Great Performances “Dance in America” in 2011. In 2012, SF Ballet’s ambitious tour schedule included London and Washington, D.C., plus first-time visits to Hamburg, Moscow, and Sun Valley, Idaho. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.” 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet.”

The SF Opera, Symphony, and Ballet Team Up to Offer Estate Planning Advice for LGBT Couples on June 5th

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Well, Gentle Reader, you’re richer, older, and wiser than I, so I won’t spell out who’s doing what for why.

I think this might be good for you:

 

 

Deb L. Kinney explains what you need to know post Windsor and DOMA

Estate planning for the LGBT community has always been complicated. With changes in the law since the seminal case of The United States v. Windsor, same-sex couples are afforded most federal recognition, but are there simpler plans? How does or would marriage change your estate plan or your income, estate and property tax issues? Does it matter if you move from California or have income or assets in other states?

Deb L. Kinney from Johnston Kinney and Zulaica LLP will lead a lively seminar and discussion on the various changes in the law since Windsor was decided. Specifically Deb will talk about estate planning and whether you want one trust or two, social security benefits and how to take advantage of lifetime and death benefits, the importance of properly titling and/or retitling real property and other assets, Medicare benefits, pre-nuptial agreements, deferred tax retirement accounts, and charitable giving.

Join us on June 5th from 6pm to 8pm at the Chris Hellman Center for Dance, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco. For more information about this event, please contact San Francisco Ballet Planned Giving Manager Elizabeth Lani at 415.865.6623 orelani@sfballet.org.

This event is jointly hosted by:

(And let me just say that New College of the Law is what you make of it, or rather, was what you made of it since it’s defunct now. Some, like infamous non-attorney “Ivory Madison,” want to use it to make boasts about being “trained as an attorney,” whilst others, you know, graduated, passed the bar and developed a specialty – which do you think is more upworthy, just saying.)

OMG, San Francisco Ballet Just Announced Friday March 21 Performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Mad seats are available at our world-class San Francisco Ballet for Friday, March 21st, 2014, mostly because they just announced it. This is your rare chance to get great seats just one week before a popular show.

All the deets:

What: Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed Cinderella, Added Performance

When: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8:00PM

Where: War Memorial Opera House at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Tickets are $40-250. For more information visit www.sfballet.org or call 415.865.2000.

San Francisco Ballet Announces added Performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella on March 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, March 14, 2014 – Due to popular demand, San Francisco Ballet announced today that it will present an additional performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, on Friday, March 21, 2014. Co-produced by SF Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet, Cinderella had its world premiere in December 2012 with the Dutch National Ballet at the Amsterdam Music Theatre.SF Ballet principal casting for the added performance will be:

Cinderella: Sarah Van Patten

Prince: Tiit Helimets
Edwina: Elizabeth Powell
Clementine: Ellen Rose Hummel
Benjamin: Myles Thatcher

About Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Wheeldon’s production has thrilled audiences in both San Francisco and New York and received rave reviews—triumphed most recently by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…utterly alluring.” Set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Wheeldon’s interpretation combines parts of both the Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions, along with new elements. The result provides audiences with a magical tale that is stunningly visual and deeply moving.

One of the most in-demand dancemakers working today, Christopher Wheeldon is formerly a resident choreographer of New York City Ballet, founder/ artistic director of his own company, and an artistic associate at The Royal Ballet. The prolific choreographer has become a frequent presence at SF Ballet over the last decade. Cinderella, his eighth commission and first full-length work for the Company (a total of 12 of his ballets are in the repertory), follows the success of his 2011 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland— a co-production of the National Ballet Canada and The Royal Ballet.

About San Francisco Ballet

As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for more than two decades, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. Recent highlights include a tour to the People’s Republic of China, the celebration of Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s 25th anniversary with the Company, and the United States premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, which was broadcast internationally, as well as nationally on PBS’s Great Performances “Dance in America” in 2011. In 2012, SF Ballet’s ambitious tour schedule included London and Washington, D.C., plus first-time visits to Hamburg, Moscow, and Sun Valley, Idaho. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.”

Hamburg Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wed and Thur – Includes Performance from Alina Cojocaru

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

All the deets from your SF Ballet

Engagement to Includes International Ballet Sensation Alina Cojocaru

Casting has been announced for The Hamburg Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream—this Wednesday and Thursday only at the Opera House—and audiences have some special treats in store!

On Wednesday, look for The Hamburg Ballet’s newest principal dancer, Alexandr Trusch in the role of Puck, as well as Helene Bouchet, Thiago Bordin, Silvia Azzoni, and Otto Bubenicek, all Hamburg principal dancers who thrilled San Francisco audiences last season in Nijinsky.

Thursday evening includes the appearance of  international ballet sensation Alina Cojocaru. Following a 13-year tenure at The Royal Ballet, Alina is currently a principal dancer with English National Ballet, but performs worldwide as a guest artist, including engagements with The Hamburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She recently performed a pas de deux from Giselle as part of a tribute to the legendary Natalia Makarova at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Don’t miss the chance to see these gifted artists for two performances only!

Online: sfballet.org

Casting Announced for “Giselle” at Our World-Class San Francisco Ballet – Jan. 25th to Feb. 2nd – All Shows Available

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Take a look at Giselle at your San Francisco Ballet

Casting from January 25 – February 2, 2014

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25—8:00 PM—OPENING NIGHT

GISELLE
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Conductor: Martin West

Giselle: Yuan Yuan Tan
Albrecht: Davit Karapetyan
Hilarion: Ruben Martin Cintas
Myrtha: Sofiane Sylve

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The 2014 Season of Our San Francisco Ballet Looks to be Awesome – The Time to Buy Tickets is Now – Cheaper Than the Movies

Friday, August 16th, 2013

I mean, sort of cheaper than the movies, if we’re talking about IMAX 3D at Metreon movies.

The way to get tickets now is to buy them three at a time, for as cheap as $54 for the set.

Then you put the dates in your calendar and you’re good to go.

Do it.

DO IT.

If you’re a newby, here’s how:

“Includes Giselle, Firebird, and Cinderella. Celebrate the depth and variety of SF Ballet’s Repertory Season with this unique package that includes the lush classic Giselle, and a triple-bill of three short works including Yuri Possokhov’s crowd-pleasing Firebird, based on the classic Russian folk tale about a prince and his journey with a magical flying creature. And you’ll lock in your seats for the return of Christopher Wheeldon’s delightful Cinderella.”

Those are your “story ballets.”

See you there!

PROGRAM 1

GISELLE

Giselle

Jan 25 – Feb 1

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PROGRAM 2

Val Caniparoli World Premiere

From Foreign Lands

Borderlands

Feb 18 – Mar 1

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PROGRAM 3

Firebird

Ghosts

La Bayadère

Feb 20 – Mar 2

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CINDERELLA

Cinderella

Mar 11 – Mar 23

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PROGRAM 5

Shostakovich TrilogyWest Coast Premiere

Apr 2 – Apr 13

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PROGRAM 6

Helgi Tomasson World Premiere

Maelstrom

The Rite of Spring

Apr 4 – Apr 15

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PROGRAM 7

Liam Scarlett World Premiere

The Fifth Season

Suite en Blanc

Apr 29 – May 10

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PROGRAM 8

Agon

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet

Glass Pieces

May 1 – May 11

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This Is It: Our San Francisco Ballet Adds Another Performance of Cinderella, the Hottest Ticket for 2013

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Demand for Cinderella is hot so our San Francisco Ballet just added another performance, giving you a chance at some good seats at such a late date.

Act now if you want to do this.

“Just Announced—Added Performance of Cinderella!

Due to popular demand, San Francisco Ballet has added a special performance of Cinderella on Sat, May 4 at 2pm.

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Perrault fairy tales, Christopher Wheeldon’s magical new production of Cinderella features something for everyone: dramatic music by Prokofiev, spectacular sets and costumes by Julian Crouch (renowned for his designs for Metropolitan Opera and the Broadway musical The Addams Family), and ingenious puppetry by Obie Award winner Basil Twist.

Tickets are going fast—reserve your seats today!

Want more Cinderella? Don’t miss the Cinderella Opening Night Ball and After Party on May 3 and the Cinderella LGBT Nite Out on May 10. 

Online: sfballet.org

Phone: 415.865.2000
Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm”

OMG OMG, the Cinderella Ball is Coming! Once in a Lifetime – May 3rd at our San Francisco Ballet

Monday, March 4th, 2013

This is it, the affair of the year.

Get your ticks soon:

Cinderella Opening Night Ball and After Party

Save the Date: Fri, May 3

The Cinderella Opening Night Ball comes only once in a lifetime, so reserve your space now! The festivities begin with an elegant cocktail reception in the Opera House, followed by a sumptuous dinner with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, designers of the production, and leaders of the dance world, in a spectacularly designed tent in the Memorial Courtyard, just adjacent to the Opera House. After the performance, dance the night away with the cast of Cinderella at the After Party, featuring music, cocktails, refreshments, and desserts. See the Cinderella Opening Night Ball trailer!

Download the RSVP form to purchase Cinderella Opening Night Ball tickets.

Purchase performance-only tickets.

Purchase after-party tickets.

You’ll see me there at the beginning scrubbing the floors looking like this, and then I’ll change to make my grand entrance:

A Disney character in “real life” via  Arts University College at Bournemouth 2009-2012. © Jirka Väätäinen

Suzy Kellems Dominik and Stephanie Barlage Ejabat
Co-Chairs, Cinderella Opening Night Ball
San Francisco Ballet Trustees

Sandy Katzman, Décor Chair
Shelby Gans, Dinner Chair
Karen Sonneborn, Marketing Chair
Elizabeth Pang Fullerton, Printed Materials Chair
Amy Burnett and Jan Zakin, After Party Chairs
Kelli Burrill, San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Liaison

Now’s the Time to Get Your Tickets for the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker – Great Seats Avail – Starting at $20

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Our excellent San Francisco Ballet‘s excellent production of The Nutcracker is back again for 2012.

And the reviews are in:

S.F. Ballet Reigns With Nutcracker

Tis the Season

Two ‘Nutcracker’ versions convey tradition

S.F. Ballet presents the classiest ‘Nutcracker’ of all

But all the fun is leaving us on December 28th, 2012, so the time to act is now.

And I should say that you’ll be able to get seats for just $20 and great seats are still available but those great seats will cost you a bit more.

But this show is a must-see, a great annual San Francisco tradition, so what are you waiting for.

And there’s the snow – lots and lots and lots of snow. You won’t believe how much snow:

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All right, see you there!

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Our San Francisco Ballet’s Very Own Yuan Yuan Tan Stars in International Ad Campaign for The Gap

Friday, August 17th, 2012

As seen on Market Street, larger than life, a ballerina in blue jeans:

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Hey, have you seen the line-up for the 2013 season? The time to buy is now.

Anyway, all the deets after the jump.

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