San Francisco Ballet Announces Gala 2012 Program & Casting



(This post will be updated shortly with ‘Odette’s Observations’, as we have TWO World Premieres debuting at Gala this year.)

Here it is, direct from San Francisco Ballet-the program and casting news we’ve all been anxiously awaiting (pretty much since May, 2011)…

…and which includes happy news of the Guest appearance of one of Hamburg Ballet’s Principal Dancers, Alexandre Riabko, one of John Neumeier’s own, paired up with SFB’s incomparable ‘Mermaid’, Yuan Yuan Tan, in Neumeier’s dramatic Lady of the Camellias:


San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala Performance 

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 8 pm 


Excerpt (“Men’s Dance”) from CLASSICAL SYMPHONY
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Yuri Possokhov
Conductor: Martin West

Jaime Garcia Castilla, Diego Cruz, Isaac Hernandez, Steven Morse, Benjamin Stewart, Matthew Stewart

Pas de deux from THE DANCE HOUSE
Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
Choreography: David Bintley
Conductor: Martin West/Pianist: Michael McGraw

Sarah Van Patten*, Tiit Helimets, Pascal Molat

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Choreography: Val Caniparoli
Conductor: Martin West/Soprano: Nicolle Foland

Damian Smith

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine
Conductor: Martin West

Vanessa Zahorian, Davit Karapetyan*

Pas de deux from CONTINUUM©
Composer: Gyorgi Ligeti
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Conductor: Martin West/Pianist: Michael McGraw

Sofiane Sylve*, Vito Mazzeo*

Pas de deux from FLAMES OF PARIS
Composer: Boris Assafiev
Choreography: Vassili Vainonen
Conductor: Martin West

Frances Chung, Taras Domitro


Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography: Hans van Manen

Gennadi Nedvigin, Garen Scribner*, Hansuke Yamamoto*

San Francisco Ballet Premiere
Composer: Johann Strauss II
Choreography: Sir Frederic Ashton

Conductor: Martin West

Maria Kotchetkova*, Joan Boada*

San Francisco Ballet Premiere
Pas de deux from LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Choreography and Lighting Design: John Neumeier
Conductor: Martin West/Piano soloist: Roy Bogas

Yuan Yuan Tan, Alexander Riabko+

Alexandre Riabko, Ukraine-born, Principal Dancer with The Hamburg Ballet

+Guest Artist courtesy of Hamburg Ballet

Composer: Michael Torke
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Conductor: Martin West 

Elana Altman, Dores Andre

Courtney Elizabeth, Dana Genshaft*

Isaac Hernandez, Pascal Molat

Ruben Martin Cintas, Anthony Spaulding

* Denotes premiere in role.

Casting subject to change.


Odette would like to note that there are four Principal Dancers missing from the Gala performances:  Lorena Feijoo, Kristin Long, Vitor Luiz, and Pierre-Francois Vilanoba.


For tickets and more info about the Gala and the fabulous post-performance party, visit San Francisco Ballet’s Gala page here

San Francisco Ballet’s Casting page is here.



See You at the Ballet!!!

Teri McCollum/’Odette’ 

About Odette's Ordeal

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