October 15, 1985 |
The credibility of San Francisco Ballet's current stance took something of a beating Sunday night in Royce Hall, UCLA. New artistic director Helgi Tomasson may well be leading the company away from the vulgar theatricality exemplified by former director Michael Smuin. However, the stylish, assured dancing the company used to bring to its neoclassic repertory proved in short supply on the four-part program.
February 7, 1989 |
On stage at the War Memorial Opera House, the faces are familiar, the partnership and affiliation brand new. Sabina Allemann of National Ballet of Canada and Robert Hill of American Ballet Theatre are dancing together for the first time as principals with San Francisco Ballet, bringing their cool, almost analytical expertise to a conventionally swoony pas de deux from artistic director Helgi Tomasson's new neoclassic showpiece "Handel--A Celebration."
October 6, 1985 |
Until a few months ago, Helgi Tomasson was just one of the finest dancers of the New York City Ballet. That, by logical extension (no pun intended), made him one of the finest in the world. The dashing Icelandic hero somehow combined the finesse that comes from Royal Danish training, the all-American exuberance that comes from apprenticeship with the Joffrey and Harkness companies, and the brilliance that one assimilates during 15 years at the feet of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.
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December 7, 2000
Richard E. LeBlond Jr., 76, former president of the San Francisco Ballet who led the company to international acclaim. LeBlond headed the San Francisco Ballet from 1975 to 1987, and helped save the company from bankruptcy. A former sociology professor whose career in arts administration included leadership of the Pennsylvania Ballet in the early 1970s, LeBlond arrived in San Francisco when that town's ballet company was struggling to erase $850,000 in debt.
November 25, 1994
Casting has been announced for the new San Francisco Ballet production of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Wednesday through Dec. 4. Premiered in March, this full-evening version uses the familiar Prokofiev score, with choreography by company artistic director Helgi Tomasson and designs (sets and costumes) by Jens-Jacob Worsaae. Principal casting is as follows.: Wednesday, 8 p.m.
March 23, 1990 |
While still in his 20s, David Bintley became resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet, bastion of British classical tradition. Since then, he has produced full-length narrative works as well as abstract ballets and, at 32, is widely considered the creative heir to Sir Frederick Ashton. Yet Bintley remains largely unknown in the United States.