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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.


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, 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.

Exit the Sandman – Our San Francisco Ballet’s Coppélia is Leaving This Sunday, March 27th

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The reviews are all in for Coppélia 2011 at our San Francisco Ballet but the joint is leaving us in just two short days.

Only four shows left! Which will you see?

Check it:

Casting for Saturday’s opening performance was stellar all the way. Together, Maria Kochetkova and Gennadi Nedvigin add up to a frisky pair of teens. For Nedvigin, Franz is simply a career triumph, notable for purity of style, antic spirit and elegant showmanship. Kochetkova is a naughty but nice Swanilda, an authentic stylist capable of dazzling us with strings of bourrees, smooth cambrés and airy jetes.
San Francisco Chronicle

“Maria Kochetkova as ‘Swanilda’ was sublime. Her acting chops have soared to a new level in this delightful romp that also demands the skills of a top drawer diva ballerina. Her petite frame and sweet visage make her the ideal choice for the role of a bride-to-be who must prove the fidelity of her lover who has suddenly developed a thing for a life-size mechanical doll.”
San Francisco Sentinel

And then check this, from the San Francisco Examiner Critic Janos Gereben. And Becca Klarin says it’s Super Duper. And those Marin Mommies, they like it too.

Will you gasp and then applaud along with the rest the crowd when the curtains lift on the empty set at the opening of the Second Act? Maybe.

Will you lose count on how many ballerinas are on stage at one time during the Third Act? Definitely.

Coppélia is fantastic.

See you there!

Fri, Mar 25, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Mar 26, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Mar 26, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Mar 27, 2011, 2:00 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!

 

Cut-Rate Pre-Valentine’s Ballet: Special Half-Price Performance of Giselle Had People Lined-Up Around the Block Last Night

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I don’t exactly know why, but our San Francisco Ballet opened its doors last night for a last-of-the-season performance of Giselle.

First, it was all like this, with the will-call line going down Van Ness and then curving around to Grove:

And then it was like this – here’s the view from first class, courtesy of McNitt.

(Oh, so that’s what it looks like from up there. I’ve never been.)

And then it ended with a standing ovation for Maria Kochetkova (@balletrusse – she has 110,000 Twitter followers at this point) and everybody else involved.

Truly a memorable evening it was.

Hey, why not head over to the SFB right now and score three performances for $78 ‘n stuff?

And don’t forget about enchanting story ballet Coppélia coming March 19th, 2011.

See you there!