Choreograph Your Own Season: The Teacher’s Choice

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New some help “choreographing” your season? Not sure which programs you want to see? We asked four ballet experts to curate their own “CYO Dream Season” at SF Ballet. In this featured blog post, SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand weighs in on the highlights of our 2015 Repertory Season!

Program 3, which features a world premiere by Myles Thatcher, is the program SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand is most looking forward to this season. He says, “Myles was an SF Ballet School Trainee before joining the Company. He has been choreographing for the Trainees for four years, and I am excited to see him create a ballet for a professional company. This is going to be a fantastic program, with works by Forsythe, van Manen, and Makarova.” Armand’s curated season package continues with Program 4: “I love Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, you don’t want to miss it; it looks as though Chopin wrote the music just for Robbins. Plus, you get Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird. Liam is an enormous talent; the ballet is just brilliant.”
About Don Quixote, Patrick, says, “This is an explosive, fun ballet. The SF Ballet School will be very involved, with students of all ages in a variety of roles such as the gypsies, puppets, driads, and little cupids. Don Quixote has everything you could want in a ballet.”
Maria Kochetkova in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote. (© Erik Tomasson)

Maria Kochetkova in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote.
(© Erik Tomasson)

Subscribe today!! SF Ballet’s “Choreograph Your Own” season packages are our most flexible subscription offering. Simply select three or more programs at dates and times that work for you, and save up to 15% off single ticket prices. Plus enjoy a host of benefits, including:

  • FREE advance ticket exchanges within program
  • Our exclusive Season Guide
  • A subscription to Backstage, our magazine for our subscribers
  • 15% discount at The Shop at SF Ballet
  • Access to payment plans
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Choreograph Your Own Season: The Executive’s Choice

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New some help “choreographing” your season? Not sure which programs you want to see this season? We asked four ballet experts to curate their own “CYO Dream Season” at SF Ballet. In this featured blog post, Executive Director Glenn McCoy weighs in on the highlights of our 2015 Repertory Season!

When curating a season package for 2015, SF Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy chose three programs with direct connections to Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. He says, “Helgi brought Giselle back because he has so many wonderful interpreters for the title role, and the corps de ballet are also so important. You get a different experience each time you see it. Watch for Albrecht’s final solo in Act II, where he’s dancing for his life—that always moves me.”

Regarding Program 3, he says “Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is my favorite work by Forsythe, it really captures the energy of SF Ballet—technically difficult, but joyful. And Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère Act II is pure classical, absolutely sublime.” Glenn says, “Caprice [featured in Program 7] is Helgi’s newest work and it’s stunning. He took all of his experience as a dancer, and what he learned from Balanchine and Robbins, and distilled it into this work. Plus you have The Four Temperaments: classic Balanchine.”

The “Executive’s Choice” package also includes world premieres by Myles Thatcher and Yuri Possokhov. Says McCoy, “Spotting the next generation of choreographic talent has been a trademark of Helgi’s work at SF Ballet.”

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Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. (© Erik Tomasson)

Subscribe today!! SF Ballet’s “Choreograph Your Own” season packages are our most flexible subscription offering. Simply select three or more programs at dates and times that work for you, and save up to 15% off single ticket prices. Plus enjoy a host of benefits, including:

  • FREE advance ticket exchanges within program
  • Our exclusive Season Guide
  • A subscription to Backstage, our magazine for our subscribers
  • 15% discount at The Shop at SF Ballet
  • Access to payment plans
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Choreograph Your Own Season: The Critic’s Choice

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New some help “choreographing” your season? Not sure which programs you want to see? We asked four ballet experts to curate their own “CYO Dream Season” at SF Ballet. In this featured blog post, dance critic Wendy Perron weighs in on the highlights of our 2015 Repertory Season!

When curating a CYO package for 2015, dance writer and critic Wendy Perron chose works that blur the lines between narrative and abstract. She says, from “Serenade to Shostakovich…, these ballets show that emotional elements can have a powerful impact without a linear story line.”

She says her season begins with Program 1: “Serenade is so easy to love. The beautiful lines, musicality, and faint whiff of romance never fades. RAkU gives a different “world dance” experience than Lambarena, a work that combines Bach with African rhythms, playfulness, and effervescence that has audiences smiling, and maybe dancing, out of the theater.”

About Program 4, Perron says, “In Dances at a Gathering, Robbins draws you in with short stories that make you care about the characters onstage. He illuminates how people interact with each other. Hummingbird is a perfect companion because it’s quicker, sharper, more contemporary, and the music—from Chopin to Glass—shows a half century that has passed in between.”

Shostakovich Trilogy is a bit more challenging and Ratmansky’s choreography is not as immediately clear in its relationships,” says Perron. “But in other ways, it has more gravitas, so I think Shostakovich Trilogy would be rewarding at this point in the season. You can make up your own stories as you watch these passionate, sometimes frenzied people.”

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Mathilde Froustey and Davit Karapetyan in Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy. (© Erik Tomasson)

Subscribe today!! SF Ballet’s “Choreograph Your Own” season packages are our most flexible subscription offering. Simply select three or more programs at dates and times that work for you, and save up to 15% off single ticket prices. Plus enjoy a host of benefits, including:

  • FREE advance ticket exchanges within program
  • Our exclusive Season Guide
  • A subscription to Backstage, our magazine for our subscribers
  • 15% discount at The Shop at SF Ballet
  • Access to payment plans
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Choreograph Your Own Season: YY’s Choice

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Need some help “choreographing” your season? Not sure which programs you want to see? We asked four ballet experts to curate their own “CYO Dream Season” at SF Ballet. In this featured blog post, Principal Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan weighs in on the highlights of our 2015 Repertory Season!

SF Ballet Principal Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan says, “RAkU was created on me, so it is very dear to my heart. I grew as an artist while making and performing it. I have also danced multiple roles in Serenade—the music is so beautiful, the movements are graceful, but it is very technically demanding.” About Giselle, she says, “You have to be an artist and an actress to dance the role of Giselle.” Likewise, Giselle requires athleticism: “Helgi’s version [of Giselle] is wonderful but very demanding; there is an extra pas de deux [near the end of] Act I which requires a lot of physical strength.”

Tan says Scarlett’s Hummingbird and Balanchine’s Dances at a Gathering (Program 4) are also very challenging works: “I dance for 16 minutes nonstop in Hummingbird, and Robbins’ choreography is really difficult, but the music is just amazing, and I love that Helgi performed this work as a dancer.”

Yuan Yuan says, “Romeo & Juliet is a ‘must have’ in a ballerina’s repertoire. My favorite section is the balcony scene, the costumes and the movement are so beautiful. I always look forward to dancing this role.”

Yuan Yuan Tan in Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet. (© Erik Tomasson)

Yuan Yuan Tan in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet.
(© Erik Tomasson)

Subscribe today!! SF Ballet’s “Choreograph Your Own” season packages are our most flexible subscription offering. Simply select three or more programs at dates and times that work for you, and save up to 15% off single ticket prices. Plus enjoy a host of benefits, including:

  • FREE advance ticket exchanges within program
  • Our exclusive Season Guide
  • A subscription to Backstage, our magazine for our subscribers
  • 15% discount at The Shop at SF Ballet
  • Access to payment plans
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