…to the CIA (Company of International Artists), otherwise known as the Artists of San Francisco Ballet. I guess we have to allow them that, since they’re the ones who will be honored with the pleasure of performing their hearts out in it. But ‘mum’s the word’, peeps…
…till the official Press Release in/around May.
(Note: This post was written prior to SFB’s 2012 season announcement, in order to play a guessing game with my readers; go here to see the actual 2012 season and some photos.)
Okay, I confess. That was a little mean.
But I thought I’d take this opportunity to play a game with my readers, since I am as ‘in the dark’ about it as you are. This can tie in with my upcoming ‘Fan-tasy Casting’ series, but let’s call it:
‘Fan-tasy Artistic Director for a Day’ (‘FADFAD’)
What would you schedule/like to see in SFB’s 2012 Programming?
Please post your comments; everyone can play…except, obviously, the Dancers in this case. And please don’t ask them about next season; they are threatened ‘on pain of death’ (in true Romeo & Juliet Veronian style with swords…and knives…and people thumbing their noses at each other and such) to not divulge this highly secret information.
1. I have been pining for Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (and its accompanying Chopin) for a few years now. The Company is absolutely ripe with talent for it. Many of SFB’s original cast members are still with us-Joan Boada (‘Brown’ or ‘Purple’ I think?), Lorena Feijoo, (Jaime Garcia Castilla?), Kristin Long (‘Yellow’), Ruben Martin Cintas (‘Green’), Pascal Molat (‘Brown’), Damian Smith (‘Purple’), Yuan Yuan Tan (‘Pink’ and ‘Mauve’), Pierre-Francois Vilanoba, Hansuke Yamamoto (‘Brick’ I think it’s called), and Vanessa Zahorian (‘Mauve’). Gennadi Nedevigin, did you do it too? With the fresh talent and strength of the current Company, there isn’t the lowliest ‘2nd Peasant from the Left’ (SFB Corps member) I wouldn’t be pleased to offer an opportunity to shine in, in this gorgeous masterpiece.
2. I’m ready for Helgi Tomasson’s Sleeping Beauty again! Yes I want to see Lorena Feijoo, Maria Kochetkova, Yuan Yuan Tan, Sarah Van Patten, and Vanessa Zahorian as Princess Aurora. But I am DYING to see Frances Chung make her Beauty debut as well, and would throw in Nicole Ciapponi for a surprise! My Prince Desiré line-up: Joan Boada (with Maria or Nicole), Taras Domitro (with Frances or Vanessa), Tiit Helimets (with Sarah), Davit Karapetyan (with Frances or Vanessa), Vitor Luiz (with Lorena), Gennadi Nedvigin (with Maria or Nicole), and Vito Mazzeo (with YY).
My Lilac Fairies: Sofiane Sylve, Alana Altman, Courtney Elizabeth, & Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun.
Again, there’s lots of opportunities for many Dancers to thrill us in ‘Sleeping Beauty’: There’s the Little Lilacs, all the other soloist/demi Fairies, the Bluebirds (Lonnie Weeks!), Puss ‘n Boots (trust me, when Julie Diana did it, before she did Princess Aurora, she almost stole the entire show!), and lots of opportunities for the Fans to see their favorites in this Ballet.
3. Too long have we been without Val Caniparoli’s masterpiece and audience favorite, Lambarena and its beautiful music. I know I’m not alone. ’nuff said.
4. Yuri Possokhov’s alternately witty, heartbreaking, and rhapsodic Ballet (arguably his best) Magrittomania with its wonderful adapted Beethoven score. It’s time. I’d also be happy with his Reflections.
5. Lar Lubovitch’s Othello. I love this Ballet and think Sarah Van Patten, as Desdemona, would thrill us and maybe Anthony Spaulding, as either Othello or Iago, would ‘chill’ us. Not to mention all the other Casting possibilities. Anyone have a ‘Fan-tasy’ Cast for this Ballet?
6. I expect Yuri Possokhov’s recent megahit RAkU to encore
7, 8, & 9. I expect Helgi Tomasson’s Trio to encore, as well as Christopher Wheeldon’s Number Nine and Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. When there is a Premiere one season, it usually ‘encores’ the following season-if it’s deemed a ‘hit’, that is. With any Wheeldon or McGregor (brilliant choreographers who also happen to be audience favorites), I expect an encore the following season.
10. I’d love a new John Neumeier Ballet. Some of our more ‘international’ set have seen other Neumeier Ballets and proclaim that The Little Mermaid isn’t his best. Well, if it’s not, I want to see what IS!
11. Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces, pretty much thanks to Former SFB Ballerina Muriel Maffre, who incorporated quite a lengthy segment of it into her recent performance of The Complete Works, in which she danced many of her most memorable roles. I can see that Ballet repeatedly and never tire of it.
12. Which Balanchine should we have next season? I vote for Square Dance, simply because I missed it when SFB did it before. I heard it was a wonderful Ballet. What would you like to see?
13. La Bayadere. And I want Natalia Makarova to come and set it. This is probably a pipe dream, with the current economy, but we could borrow Paris Opera Ballet’s sets, couldn’t we? There’s SO much dancing and the gorgeous Kingdom of the Shades act. We should at least do Shades again.
So that’s Odette’s ‘FADFAD’ suggestions for programming. Please do comment and give your suggestions. Let’s see how we do when it’s all announced. And, with any luck, maybe Helgi Tomasson will take a peek at what the Fans most want to see and accommodate us in 2013!
See You at the Ballet,