Posts Tagged ‘Helgi Tomasson’

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

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, It’s the “Nutcracker Guide to Our City” from the San Francisco Ballet – Click and Learn

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Well, somebody spent a lot of time putting this together.

All the deets, below.

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“EXPLORE ICONIC CITY LOCATIONS WITH “NUTCRACKER GUIDE TO OUR CITY”

SAN FRANCISCO —Today, San Francisco Ballet—the first professional ballet company in America and the first in the country to perform Nutcracker—announced the launch of its Nutcracker Guide to Our City, an interactive magazine inspired by SF Ballet’s Nutcracker production. It can be accessed online by visiting:www.sfballet.org/cityguide.

Like the SF Ballet production, the guide is set in early twentieth-century San Francisco and  presents a rich journey through five historic locations around the city, including: Alamo Square, the Conservatory of Flowers, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the War Memorial Opera House.

The content-rich magazine also features blog entries by local historians and architecture experts, video interviews with SF Ballet dancers, and vintage photography of San Francisco from the early 1900’s.

“Since San Francisco was the first city in America to offer a full-length Nutcracker, it’s only fitting that Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson set San Francisco Ballet’s current production in early twentieth-century San Francisco,” said SF Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy. “To celebrate the long-standing ties between the city and this annual holiday tradition, we’ve created a fun, interactive guide that explores five city locations that are integral to our production,” added McCoy.

Upon launching the guide, SF Ballet will offer special discounts and deals for some of the locations featured in the magazine, as well as the chance to win free tickets to SF Ballet’sNutcracker.

These holiday deals will only be available online to SF Ballet social media fans. To learn more, “like” SF Ballet on Facebook: facebook.com/sfballet, and follow SF Ballet on Twitter:twitter.com/SFBallet.

Ever more deets after the jump

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Don’t Miss Fantastic Programs 6 and 7 at Our San Francisco Ballet – Both Gone by April 20th – The Reviews are In

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Program 6:

Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle Dance Correspondent

Per Sean MartinField,PROGRAM 6 is one of the finest triptych’s ever assembled by the San Francisco Ballet

And here’s Becca Klarin

Program 7:

Rita Felciano: Two Reprises, One Premiere

And Ann Murphy brings it all home for us.

Watch the trailer for our San Francisco Ballet‘s Programs 6 and 7 right here.

(So, Program 6 has 7 for Eight and Program 7 has Number Nine, srsly?)

And after these two end on April 20th, we’ll get the chance to see the return of the dramatic Little Mermaid (Program 8). And speaking of which, two of the Little Mermaid performances in May will be recorded by eight high-def cameras for Great Performances on PBS, so how about that?

And then that will be it for the 2010-2011 season.

All the deets, below

PROGRAM 6

Run Time: 2:05

Read the program notes

7 for Eight

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

7 for Eight

Ghosts©

Composer: C.F. Kip Winger
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Chroma – Critically Acclaimed-NEW!

Composers: Joby Talbot, Jack White
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor

Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts—an ethereal journey of moods and movement melds to Bach’s keyboard concertos that serve as inspiration for Helgi Tomasson’s elegant and neoclassical 7 for Eight. And not to be missed is the SF Ballet premiere of Wayne McGregor’s critical sensation Chroma, set to original compositions by Joby Talbot and arrangements by Jack White of The White Stripes.

Choose a Date:

Tue, Apr 12, 2011, 8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 15, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 17, 2011, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 20, 2011, 7:30 PM

 

 

PROGRAM 7

Run Time: 2:08

Read the program notes

Underskin

Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella

Underskin

Number Nine – World Premiere!

Composer: Michael Torke
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon

Petrouchka – Cultural Treasure!

Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Choreographer: Michel Fokine

petrouchka

Set to a passionate composition by Arnold Schoenberg, Renato Zanella’s Underskin reveals the power and mystique of its female protagonists. Next, Christopher Wheeldon’s world premiere of Number Nine offers a rich and electrifying work for 24 dancers,followed by Fokine’s Petrouchka, the tragic tale of a puppet who possesses a human soul, only to be tortured by the emptiness and ignorance of others.

From the Hellman Family in honor of Patricia C. Hellman, also known as “Patrichka,” a former professional ballet dancer and soloist with the London Festival Ballet.

Choose a Date:

Wed, Apr 13, 2011, 7:30 PM

Thu, Apr 14, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 19, 2011, 8:00 PM

San Francisco Ballet’s Penultimate Programs 6 and 7 Run April 7-20: “Two Diverse Programs, Two Exciting Premieres”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Watch the trailer for our San Francisco Ballet‘s Programs 6 and 7 right here.

(So, Program 6 has 7 for Eight and Program 7 has Number Nine, srsly?)

And after these two end on April 20th, we’ll get the chance to see the return of the dramatic Little Mermaid (Program 8). And then that will be it for the 2010-2011 season.

All the deets, below

PROGRAM 6

Run Time: 2:05

Read the program notes

7 for Eight

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

7 for Eight

Ghosts©

Composer: C.F. Kip Winger
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Chroma – Critically Acclaimed-NEW!

Composers: Joby Talbot, Jack White
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor

Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts—an ethereal journey of moods and movement melds to Bach’s keyboard concertos that serve as inspiration for Helgi Tomasson’s elegant and neoclassical 7 for Eight. And not to be missed is the SF Ballet premiere of Wayne McGregor’s critical sensation Chroma, set to original compositions by Joby Talbot and arrangements by Jack White of The White Stripes.

Choose a Date:

Thu, Apr 7, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 9, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 9, 2011, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 12, 2011, 8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 15, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 17, 2011, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 20, 2011, 7:30 PM

 

 

PROGRAM 7

Run Time: 2:08

Read the program notes

Underskin

Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella

Underskin

Number Nine – World Premiere!

Composer: Michael Torke
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon

Petrouchka – Cultural Treasure!

Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Choreographer: Michel Fokine

petrouchka

Set to a passionate composition by Arnold Schoenberg, Renato Zanella’s Underskin reveals the power and mystique of its female protagonists. Next, Christopher Wheeldon’s world premiere of Number Nine offers a rich and electrifying work for 24 dancers,followed by Fokine’s Petrouchka, the tragic tale of a puppet who possesses a human soul, only to be tortured by the emptiness and ignorance of others.

From the Hellman Family in honor of Patricia C. Hellman, also known as “Patrichka,” a former professional ballet dancer and soloist with the London Festival Ballet.

Choose a Date:

Fri, Apr 8, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 10, 2011, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 13, 2011, 7:30 PM

Thu, Apr 14, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 19, 2011, 8:00 PM

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms! Don’t Miss Our San Francisco Ballet’s Programs 3 and 4, Running Through March 9th

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Programs 3 and 4 are running right now at our San Francisco Ballet. See them before they leave by March 9, 2011, why not?

First up is Program 3, with dances by Possokhov, Tomasson, Forsythe.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Allan Ulrich just loved the show. Check it. And see what San Francisco Sentinel Editor and Publisher Seán Martinfield thinks right here.

Program 3:

Classical Symphony

Composer Sergei Prokofiev

Choreographer Yuri Possokhov

Yuri Possokhov’s joyous work, inspired by ballet history and his own classical training in the Russian tradition, returns for an encore season.

Nanna’s Lied

Composers Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender

Choreographer Helgi Tomasson

Underscored by the emotional songs of Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender sung live, Nanna’s Lied portrays the dramatic tale of a young woman’s loss of innocence and shattered dreams of love.

By Erik Tomasson

Artifact Suite

Composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Eva Crossman-Hecht

Choreographer William Forsythe

A powerhouse of contemporary movement, this two-part work for 27 dancers is visually arresting and stunning in its complex ballet technique.

Here are your dates:

Tue, Mar 1, 2011, 8:00 PM

Fri, Mar 4, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Mar 6, 2011, 2:00 PM

Wed, Mar 9, 2011, 7:30 PM

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Next up is Program 4, with dances by Tomasson and Balanchine.

All right, the alcohol is the lobby and downstairs – a very old school kind of set-up with an incredible bar down there. The tobacco is on stage, as lovely Maria Kochetkova (100,000 Twitter followers can’t be wrong) will tell you:

I never smoked in my life, but I’m getting to smoke for the first time on stage tonight.”

And lastly, on stage are your firearms, of sorts. See?

Theme and Variations

Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer George Balanchine

One of George Balanchine’s most regal and elegant ballets in the Russian tradition, Theme and Variations remains a timeless masterpiece in the twentieth century’s neoclassical ballet repertoire.

Winter Dreams

NEW SF Ballet Premiere

Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan

New to SF Ballet this season, Winter Dreams is a densely layered emotional work inspired by Anton Chekhov’s literary masterpiece Three Sisters.

Trio

NEW World Premiere

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

And here are your dates:

Wed, Mar 2, 2011, 7:30 PM

Thu, Mar 3, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Mar 5, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Mar 5, 2011, 8:00 PM

Tue, Mar 8, 2011, 8:00 PM

All right, see you there!

 

All the Latest From Your San Francisco Ballet: 2011 World Premiers and Nutcracker Airings on KQED-TV

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Get all the latest from our SF Ballet, below.

As seen all over the world:

2011 World Premieres

SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s 2011 Repertory Season world premiere will be entitled TRIO. Set to Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, the work will premiere on Program 4.

SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov’s 2011 world premiere, RAkU, is set to a commissioned score by SF Ballet Orchestra member Shinji Eshima, and will premiere on Program 2 of the 2011 Repertory Season.

Additionally, Christopher Wheeldon has announced that his world premiere, scheduled for Program 7, will be entitled Number Nine. For more information, visit:http://www.sfballet.org/2011season.

Nutcracker Re-broadcast

This December, KQED will once again broadcast San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker on December 22 at 8pm, December 23 at 2am, December 24 at 12pm, and December 25 at 1pm. For details, visit http://budurl.com/nutKQED.

The program, which originally aired on December 17, 2008, features Helgi Tomasson’s production, filmed on stage in performance at the War Memorial Opera House. The broadcast was co-produced by San Francisco Ballet and KQED Public Television San Francisco, in association with Thirteen/WNET New York.

SF Ballet Hits 50,000

SF Ballet’s Facebook page recently hit 50,000 fans. Visit www.facebook.com/sfballet and “like” our page to receive status updates about performances, Company members, and more.

Program Change

Please note that the order of Program 6 of the 2011 Repertory Season has shifted. The order will be: Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts, Tomasson’s 7 for Eight , and Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. For more information, visit: http://www.sfballet.org/2011season.

Google Doodle! San Francisco Ballet Helps Google Celebrate Tchaikovsky’s 170th Birthday

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Check out Google right now, why don’t you? (Regular Google, not Advanced.) If it’s still May 7, 2010, this is what you’ll see:

It’s a temporary doodle on Google! Google Doodle, Google Doodle, Google Doodle!

See how “Google Doodler” Jennifer Hom worked with our San Francisco Ballet to produce this lovely image? It was quite a production.

Here it is all big and whatnot:

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(Wonder if Marisa Mayer was involved with this…)

All the deets:

Google Doodle Produced with SF Ballet

In celebration of the 170th anniversary of the birth of the Russian master composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Google has collaborated with San Francisco Ballet to create a special doodle that will appear on Google’s homepage today, May 7 at www.google.com, for one-day only.

Tchaikovsky, born on May 7, 1840, composed music for many genres, including opera, symphony and ballet, and created scores for some of the most beloved classics in the ballet repertoire, including Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty.

To honor Tchaikovsky’s contribution to the art form, Google worked with SF Ballet to stage a photo shoot around SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson‘s production of Swan Lake. These shots were then rendered into a doodle by Google Doodler Jennifer Hom. For a behind-the-scenes peek of the photography session, shot by SF Ballet photographer Erik Tomasson, visit: www.sfballet.org/interact/watch.

The San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet is Awesome – See it By May 9th, 2010

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Program 8 is great at our San Francisco Ballet - Romeo and Juliet just debuted on May Day but it’s already set to leave on Sunday, May 9th. (So now’s the time to plan a visit.) Overall, everything’s great – the music, the sets, the costumes, the dancing performances. What more can you ask for in a live show?   

Stars Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba and everyone else put on an excellent performance at Saturday’s debut. Read all about it courtesy of San Francisco Chronicle Dance Correspondent Allan Ulrich.

Sarah Van Patten is the ingenue: 

© Erik Tomasson - Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet.

Don’t be afraid to check back for cancellations if you see an entire section is already sold out. I talked to a couple from Baltimore who scored hard-to-get Orchestra seats by just calling up the afternoon before the show.

See you there!

Program 8

Saturday, May 01, 2010, 8pm

Romeo & Juliet
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Conductor: Martin West

Romeo: Pierre-François Vilanoba
Juliet: Sarah Van Patten
Mercutio: Pascal Molat
Benvolio: Hansuke Yamamoto
Tybalt: Damian Smith