The Company is looking great, the dancers have been dancing magnificently, and I think there's an element of extra excellence to be found as they reach that point in the season where the body is tired, but primed like never before.
Choreographically, the ballet is devilish and the partnering is unbelievably hard! The biggest challenge though, is to master the choreography while transcending the difficulty of the steps to tell the story.
The average person will cringe at the sight of Christmas merchandise hitting the shelves and complain about the early onset of the season. For us it has been going on a while now. Yes, before Halloween, Nutcracker gets started.
SF Ballet has been back at work since July 5 and it's been non-stop! Ballet Master Anita Paciotti and I have been assigned to work on Edwaard Liang's new work for the 2012 season and it's been fascinating to watch him work.