Posts Tagged ‘Janos Gereben’

OMG, It’s “War Horse” at Our Curran Theatre – A Spectacle – Positive to Enthusiastic Reviews – Ends Sept. 9th

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I don’t know what you’re looking for in a play, but how’s this?

2011 Tony Awards:
  • Best Play
  • Best Direction (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris)
  • Best Scenic Design (Rae Smith, winner)
  • Best Lighting Design (Paule Constable, winner)
  • Best Sound Design (Christopher Shutt, winner)

In addition, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company won the Special Tony Award for War Horse.

So yeah, War Horse at our SHN Curran Theatre is a puppet show based on a children’s book, but it looks amazing.

Speaking of which, here’s SFPD horse “Hammer” meeting SHN horse puppet “Joey” the other day in Golden Gate Park – check the video:

Click to expand – more deets on this equine experiment from Kavin Fagan here

And, the reviews:

Miracles abound in the electrifying “War Horse per Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle

A theatrical coup” per long-time San Francisco critic Janos Gereben

It’s “spellbinding” per Karen D’Souza of the San Jose Mercury News

War Horse earns its stripesper Ken Marks of KQED

War Horse is the one touring show that shouldn’t be missed“ per Cy Ashley Webb of the Stark Insider

Four stars out of five per Albert Goodwyn, SF Performing Arts Examiner

It’s a great show. You (and your kin aged 12 and up) ought to go see it.

And oh, BTW, if you don’t already have tickets for The Book of Mormon, you know, the Best Musical of the Century (already!) per the New York Times, well, it’s time to start freaking out. You can’t buy tickets now because the only way to do that is to get a subscription for the 2012-2013 season (you know, Lion King, Wicked, etc.) but here’s the catch: SOLD OUT, baby! Already. So you’re going to need to move move move when individual tickets go on sale, whenever that will be. BoM, which is, fundamentally, a “love letter to religion written by an atheist,” however foul-mouthed it may be, will only be here for five short weeks. Every last show will sell out, just saying.

At Our Legion of Honor: “Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism” – Runs Through to Jan. 9th

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The perfect complement to the de Young Museum‘s Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay is the Legion of Honor Museum‘s Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism.

Here’s what you need to know about it:

At the intersection of Japanese and French art by Janos Gereben

Exhibition Looks at Japanese Influence on Western Art at Hokubei.com

Japanesque” sheds light on two worlds by Jennifer Modenessi

Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism a stunning, stellar show by Nancy Ewart

And here’s what it looks like:

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They show you how it was done 400 years ago:

This is the final room:

And kittehs! Always with the kitties:

See you there!

Spectacular Little Mermaid Ends, New Shows at San Francisco Ballet Start April 8th

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Check out the San Francisco Ballet‘s Facebook Wall to see how much people liked Program 5, the Little Mermaid, the past week.

Programs 6 and 7 are coming up soon – get the deets on them below. They’re what you can see on a Friday or Saturday night for just a little bit more than the price of a movie theatre ticket.

O.K. then. Program 5 certainly was a spectacle. Check the reviews, below.

Yuan Yuan Tan as the Little Mermaid, by Erik Tomasson:

Allan Ulrich: Dance review: ‘Little Mermaid’ casts spell

Chloe Veltman: Taking a Children’s Tale to Dark New Depths

Janos Gereben: Dancing away Andersen’s ‘Mermaid’

Ann Murphy: Stunning ‘Mermaid’ flounders at times in S.F.

Rachel Howard: San Francisco Ballet Star Shines Under the Sea

Sean Martinfield: THE LITTLE MERMAID – “This Girl’s Got Everything!”

Becca Hirschman: SF Ballet’s The Little Mermaid Reviewed: It’s a Bewitching Tale

Barbara Koh: Review – The Little Mermaid

Katie Gaydos: San Francisco Ballet’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Dives into Dark Waters

And here’s what’s coming up:

Program 6

“Haffner” Symphony
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Translating Mozart’s elegance and warmth into visible patterns, Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner” Symphony is a gracious celebration of effervescence and refinement.

Read the program notes.

Underskin – New!
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella

Set to a complex, passionate composition by Arnold Shoenberg, Renato Zanella’s world premiere, Underskin, is an emotional voyage through mysterious and deep emotions.
 
Read the program notes.

Russian Seasons
Composer: Leonid Desyatnikov
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky

Following its SF Ballet premiere last season, Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons is a work of both reflection and evolution as classical poses unravel into contemporary gestures.

Read
the program notes.
 
Thu Apr 8, 8pm* | Sat Apr 10, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 13, 8pm | Fri Apr 16, 8pm* | Sun, Apr 18, 2pm* | Wed Apr 21, 7:30pm
 
Total running time: 2:16
 
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Thu, Apr 8, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 13, 2010, 8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 16, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 18, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 7:30 PM

 

Program 7

Rush©
Composer: Bohuslav Martinu
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Set to a forceful and energetic score by Bohuslav Martinu, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush sweeps, swirls, and flows with sophisticated movement.

Read the program notes.

Classical Symphony – New!
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

 
For his ninth work for SF Ballet, Yuri Possokhov turns to his roots with Classical Symphony, a neoclassical flow of patterns, dancers, and space.

Read
the program notes.

The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody)
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins

Returning this year, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert is a truly fun-filled parody and stroke of choreographic genius.

Read
the program notes.
 
Fri Apr 9, 8pm* | Sun Apr 11, 2pm* | Wed Apr 14, 7:30pm• | Thu Apr 15, 8pm | Sat Apr 17, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 20, 8pm
 
Total time: 1:56
 
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Fri, Apr 9, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 11, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 14, 2010, 7:30 PM

Thu, Apr 15, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 8:00 PM

The Reviews are In for the San Francisco Ballet’s Program 4 – See It This Weekend

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Hey, there are still a few tickets left for something-for-everybody Program 4 at your San Francisco Ballet over the next three days.

See what Allan Ulrich, Chronicle Dance Correspondent, thinks here and what Janos Gereben, a contributor to the Examiner, thinks here, and what Paul Parish, a writer for the Bay Area Reporter, thinks here.

And check out the casting and some photos from Seán Martinfield, Sentinel Editor and Publisher, here.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Anthony Spaulding. Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs. Photo, Erik Tomasson

Program 4

Petrouchka
SF Ballet Premiere –  New!
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Choreographer: Michel Fokine

Making its SF Ballet premiere this season, Michel Fokine’sPetrouchka, which was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in 1911, is a classical tale of a Russian puppet come to life that fuses music, ballet, and history in perfect balance.
 
Read the program notes.

Diving into the Lilacs
Composer: Boris Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Returning after its world premiere in 2009, Yuri Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs transforms poignant memories of youth into emotional expressions of dance.
 
Read the program notes.
Watch a short video with segments from Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs.

in the middle, somewhat elevated
Composer: Thom Willems
Choreographer: William Forsythe

Making an encore performance this season, William Forsythe’s dynamic in the middle, somewhat elevated investigates the ballet vocabulary, redefining its boundaries along the way.
 
Read the program notes.
Watch a short video with segments from Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated.
 
Watch a short interview with William Forsythe on in the the middle, somewhat elevated.

 

Tue Mar 2, 8pm* | Wed Mar 3, 7:30pm• | Thu Mar 4, 8pm | Fri Mar 5, 8pm* | Sat Mar 6, 2pm & 8pm | Sun Mar 7, 2pm*
 
Total running time: 2:14
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Fri, Mar 5, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Mar 7, 2010, 2:00 PM

New Today at the Asian Art Museum – Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

San Francisco’s highly-rated Asian Art Museum launched a new special exhibit today – it’s called Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma.

See?

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Read all about this great show from Candace JacksonNancy Ewart, Carol Canter, and Janos Gereben. (Civic Center Mike? Hello-oooo?)

So, let’s cue the monks and then check the Facebook:

“The opening ceremony went well! Peaceful, calming chanting and praying culminating in a monk blessing everyone by lobbing water droplets on the audience. Emerald Cities is now officially open, the orchid display goes down after Sunday, and on Sunday we have our Fall Family Festival — daylong festivities for all ages, and families don’t have to pay the Emerald Cities surcharge!”

And if you drop by the AAA in the next few days, you’ll get to see the orchids.

And win some free tickets here!

Check out this white elephant on Objet 136:

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That’s got to be the angriest-looking olliphant ever:

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(‘ll post some more shots when they get back from the Photomat.)

A lot of work went into this exhibit so check it out, why don’t you?

See you there!