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The Gugulethu Project: From the Townships of South Africa to the World's Ballet Stages

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Today, with more training opportunities available to talented young black students, filling the pipeline for these programs remains a challenge. How do you spot talent and recruit students when they may have no idea what ballet is?

A Profile of Mathilde Froustey, Principal Dancer With San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.06.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Ballet closes the 2016 Season with John Cranko's 1965 masterpiece, Onegin, now through Sunday, May 8.

The Agony and the Ecstasy: 'Onegin' at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.02.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

On Sunday afternoon, at the close of the tragedy of Onegin, when Tatiana, wife to the noble Prince Gremin, ripped up the bounder Eugene Onegin's pitiful love letter and ordered him out of her boudoir, San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House erupted in cheers.

Goodbye and Hello: As three stars depart San Francisco Ballet, another may be in the wings

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Three of San Francisco Ballet's most popular principal dancers are retiring after this season, and I'm going to miss all of them--Gennadi Nedvigin (wi...

A Conversation With Frances Chung, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.14.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Frances Chung has danced with San Francisco Ballet since 2001. She was promoted to soloist in 2005 and raised to principal dancer in 2009.

Justin Peck's In the Countenance of Kings Debuts in San Francisco to Great Fanfare

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.08.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

At the close of each dispassionate experiment, each couple takes shelter in a coiled embrace. But not Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh, who twist themselves into spectacular knots as two unhappily married pianos bicker.

Beethoven, Martinů and Scarlatti Thrill at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.14.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada in Christopher Wheeldon's Rush© at San Francisco Ballet. (Photo: Erik Tomasson) Baseball season opened with a bang o...

A Profile of Vitor Luiz - Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.22.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

It's something in the way he moves. Vitor Luiz joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2009. His gift is about connection - a high spirit...

Mark Morris' L'Allegro and Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering Rocket in to the Bay Area

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.18.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Both are a series of pastoral encounters in a fluid place and time, bathed in spills of color on a bare stage. Storm clouds occasionally menace, but these are resilient dancers, possessing an all-American can-do.

A Rehearsal Break with Martin West - Music Director of San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.12.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"Provocative" - the theme of the Opening Night Gala at San Francisco Ballet - proved both appropriate and pinpoint perfect.

The Utmost Beauty of Atomos (Company Wayne McGregor)

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The 70-minute piece opens with the nine-member ensemble confined to a small square patch of stage illuminated by Lucy Carter. They rise and sink and appear to shed their skins in the eerie light, like bathers in the holy Ganges, to the elegiac sounds of a synthesized church organ from A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

Pianist Stewart Goodyear -- on 'The Nutcracker'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.24.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear's new recording - The Nutcracker, Complete Ballet Arranged for Solo Piano - is the best new thing in Tchaikovsky...

New York City Ballet Fall Gala 2015: An Evening of Fashion and Dance

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The New York City Ballet has returned with all its relevance, strong and modern. The dancers are not "stingy." They are not "holding back." They exist in the "now," "right now." Balanchine would be proud.

Modern-Day Intimacy in Post:Ballet Six-Pack

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.21.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

This is a big year for Robert Dekkers. He has always juggled his roles as dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director of his own small but highly visible company with seemingly superhuman energy.

Setting the Record Straight: The Nutcracker Comes to America

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.17.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The clichéd rivalry between the East and West Coasts of the United States confounds those of us who grew up in distant lands. When it comes to ballet, in particular, many American balletomanes appear oblivious to the bustle outside the precincts of New York City.

Romeo and Juliet, Together Again, Thanks to San Francisco Ballet

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 05.09.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

When a company's principal dancers and soloists are this excellent, your choice of casts often comes down to those whose acting ability or personal style/charisma grabs you.

Outbursts of Genius in San Francisco Ballet's Romeo and Juliet

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.02.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Helgi Tomasson's Romeo and Juliet made a comeback at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House last night, buoyed by a vivid and sensitive performance of the Prokofiev score by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, under the electrifying baton of Martin West.

Helgi Tomasson on His 'Romeo and Juliet' - An Anniversary at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.01.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Ballet finishes its programs at the War Memorial Opera House with eleven performances of Helgi Tomasson's Romeo and Juliet beginning Friday, May 1 and concluding Sunday, May 10.

Oh, What a Night: Don Quixote Returns to San Francisco Ballet

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

This is a ballet to which I would take anyone who is new to the art form. Most of the dancing takes place in the sun-filled village square into which Don Quixote and Sancho Panza wander, on a (live) horse and mule, in their quest for adventures in chivalry.

A Conversation With Luke Ingham, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Luke appeared as the Nutcracker Prince in this season's opening night performance of the Tchaikovsky favorite. Yuan Yuan Tan joined him in the brilliant Grand Pas de Deux of Act II. The duo proved dynamic. "I'm at the stage where I still really enjoy doing Nutcracker," he said.

A Heavenly Match: Jerome Robbins and Liam Scarlett at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.30.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The sight never fails to thrill: like an exceptionally bright star, the Space Station zooms across the sky at nearly five miles per second, manned by American, Russian, European and Japanese astronauts who spend their days conducting scientific research and testing the effects of zero gravity on their bodies

The August San Francisco Ballet Spotlights Young Dance Maker

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.28.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Thatcher had the cheek to venture through the knotty baroque thickets of Bach's "A Musical Offering" and "Goldberg Variations," well trammeled by legendary choreographers.

Human and Superhuman: Ballet San Jose in MasterPieces of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

In his warm-up speech on Saturday night, Ballet San Jose's new CEO, Alan Hineline, alerted the audience to the "superhuman level of athleticism" on display in the third and closing piece of the evening, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.

A Profile of Choreographer Val Caniparoli -- 20th Anniversaries for 'Lambarena' and 'Lady of the Camellias'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

This season marks the 20th Anniversary of choreographer Val Caniparoli's immensely popular ballet, Lambarena. The work was created in 1995 for San Francisco Ballet and - at the heart of its inspirational force - Principal Dancer Evelyn Cisneros.

Power Plays by Robert Dekkers for Post:Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.22.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Like a René Magritte painting come to life, Robert Dekkers' latest assault on the conventions of theatrical dance piles up one absurd image on another in precise, deliberate fashion, leading us rapidly from a vision of tranquil domesticity into hell and chaos,.