Posts Tagged ‘swan lake’

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.

You Ought to Go See Swan Lake This Weekend at the San Francisco Ballet

Friday, January 29th, 2010

There are just four more shows left of this run of Swan Lake at our fantastic San Francisco Ballet. A lot of the sections are sold out, but you can still get a pair of ticks for the Saturday night showing for less than a hundred bones.

Becca Hirschman saw the show a few days back – she has all the deets if you’re undecided.

Act II is mesmerizing, with 30+ swans cavorting about. I mean, how many ballerinas does San Francisco have?

Myself, I loved Acts II, III, and IV – I was a little too far away to see all the details they threw into the first act.

And the sets are huge

All in all, it’s a great production.

See you there!

Yearlong Shanghai Celebration Starts Today – San Francisco Goes All Out For Our Sister City

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Why did Shanghai, the largest city in China, become one of our 16 Sister Cities in 1979? Well, we should all thank former Mayor and current U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein:

It was sort of a race between Los Angeles and San Francisco to establish a Sister City relationship with Shanghai and of course San Francisco won – and it was the first such Sister City relationship between an American city and a Chinese city.”

(Once again L.A. loses, of course(?) - thanks DiFi.) Now it turns out that our Big Sis is hosting a big party this year – it’s World Expo 2010. So, that’s a good excuse for a bunch of  the Bay Area’s cultural organizations to represent, via the Shanghai Celebration featuring Honorary Chair and San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Jay Xu, Director of the Asian Art Museum, confronting a media scrum after today’s announcement:

Check out the calendar of upcoming events all related to the Paris of the East - it’s packed, baby. Swan Lake featuring San Francsico Ballet Principal Dancer and Shanghai native Yuan Yuan Tan will kick things off from January 23-31 and then on February 12th comes the debut of the cornerstone of the Shanghai Celebration, a big exhibit at our Asian Art Museum simply called Shanghai. It’s going to be mega.

Just ask Jay Xu:

“The 2010 World Expo that opens in May is Shanghai’s coming-out party, the official debut as the city reclaims its position as a global powerhouse. The Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai exhibition was timed to coincide with this prominent international event. Only through understanding its tumultuous history, can one truly understand the progressive and stylish Shanghai of today.”

 O.K. then.

Our jet-setting mayor was on hand to cheerlead for San Francisco, a part of his job which I think everybody would agree he does well. He was dressed for rain today, with blue jeans, and a pair of brown shoes that he claimed were “ruined” by the wet:   

More deets from the AAA:

“The Shanghai Celebration is an unprecedented, year-long festival presented by more than thirty San Francisco Bay Area organizations commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the sister city relationship between San Francisco and Shanghai.

Spearheaded by the Asian Art Museum, the Celebration runs throughout 2010, coinciding with the World Expo presented in Shanghai from May to October. The more than 50 Shanghai-related programs feature exhibitions, concerts, performances, films, lectures, book readings, artist demonstrations and other special events and cover topics such as Shanghai’s architecture, jazz, historic Jewish communities, Art Deco design, filmmaking industry, contemporary art, cuisine, high-rise urban planning and fashion.

The cornerstone of the Celebration is the Asian Art Museum’s presentation of Shanghai, a major exhibition examining the visual culture of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, scheduled for February 12-September 5, 2010.

For the Shanghai Celebration program calendar of events, and a list of participating organizations, please visit www.shanghaicelebration.com.”

Check the lengthy, lengthy sked, after the jump. 

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All-New Swan Lake Premiers at the San Francisco Ballet on February 21st

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Swan Lake is coming to the San Francisco Ballet on February 21, 2009. It’s going to be mega but we’re talking about just only nine shows over nine days, so pick a performance and get your $25-and-up tickets now:

Sat, Feb 21, 2009, 8:00 PM

Sun, Feb 22, 2009, 2:00 PM

Tue, Feb 24, 2009, 8:00 PM

Wed, Feb 25, 2009, 7:30 PM

Thu, Feb 26, 2009, 8:00 PM

Fri, Feb 27, 2009, 8:00 PM

Sat, Feb 28, 2009, 2:00 PM

Sat, Feb 28, 2009, 8:00 PM

Sun, Mar 1, 2009, 2:00 PM

See you there!

More deets after the jump.

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