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February 23, 1989
Harold Christensen, who with his two brothers was a key figure behind the San Francisco Ballet, died Monday at his home in San Anselmo, Calif., at the age of 84. Christensen and brothers, William and Lew, received the Dance Magazine Award in 1973 and the Capezio Annual Dance Award in 1984. The Capezio award called the three "Western pioneers," saying they "grew out of American vernacular dance" and "made ballet prosper wherever they settled."
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Laura Bleiberg
It's a full spring dance season, with national and international companies heading into town, a trend that continues well into summer. For the next three months, "diversity" is one watchword, with flamenco, contemporary ballet, modern dance and neo-classical masterpieces being presented around the region. Companies that qualify as American treasures will be well represented too, with Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performing. New York's Tere O'Connor will be bringing two new pieces to the Skirball Cultural Center in April, while a newer Big Apple group, the much-talked-about Jessica Lang Dance, makes its first appearance here in late May. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Ballet presents its eighth repertory season and premieres two commissioned works, including one from Christopher Stowell, a former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet.
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NEWS
March 3, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tomm Ruud, a San Francisco Ballet principal dancer best known for his role as Drosselmeyer in "The Nutcracker," has died at age 50. Ruud died Monday at his home of AIDS-related illnesses. After 10 years with William Christensen's Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Ruud joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1975. In the 1986-87 season, he was made a principal character dancer. Ruud was born in Pasadena and raised in Afton, Wyo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2012 | Laura Bleiberg, Special to The Times
Yvonne Mounsey, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and the longtime director of one of Southern California's most prominent ballet schools, died Saturday from cancer at her Los Angeles home. She was 93. Her daughter, Allegra Clegg of Pacific Palisades, confirmed her death. The South African-born Mounsey took over Academy West on Westwood Boulevard in 1967 with her close friend and former Royal Ballet soloist, the late Rosemary Valaire; the name was later changed to Westside School of Ballet and they moved to Santa Monica.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1989 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1985 | MARTIN BERHEIMER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2011 | By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Don't expect kilts from Scottish Ballet. Dance aficionados probably wouldn't look for tartan plaids and merry jigs from any ballet company, no matter where they're from. But with "Lord of the Dance," Michael Flatley's wildly popular Irish step-dance dance extravaganzas, touring the globe and "Riverdance" heading back to Southern California, it's easy for a newcomer to assume a troupe from another of the British Isles might borrow from folk tradition. But "they ain't gonna get it," says Englishman Ashley Page, 55, company artistic director since 2002.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2011
For 25 years, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts has been Southern California's preeminent presenter of dance, hosting more than 50 national and international companies. These troupes have appeared most often, with the number of appearances through the 2010-11 season: 21 -- American Ballet Theatre 7 -- San Francisco Ballet 6 -- Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg; Joffrey Ballet; Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet 5 -- New York City Ballet 4 -- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; Bolshoi Ballet; Royal Ballet
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2010 | By Debra Levine
When Frederick Ashton's "Cinderella" premiered at Covent Garden in December 1948, London resembled a lovely woman with ash on her face. It was a grim time. Remnants of the war lingered in the city: rubble from the blitzkrieg, treasury coffers riddled with debt, homelessness, food rationing. A splendid fairy-tale ballet -- the first by a British choreographer -- promised an escape. In its January 1949 review of "Cinderella," Time magazine noted that the English audience was "eager to be enchanted."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2009 | Susan Reiter
Her long-standing partner fell to his knees in devoted homage before Tina LeBlanc during the extended, celebratory curtain calls, and one could sense the entire audience collectively joining in that spirit, as San Francisco Ballet said farewell to this most distinctive, exuberantly American ballerina Saturday night.
TRAVEL
March 8, 2009 | Christopher Reynolds
Stocks have crashed, industry is shuddering and banks are failing. The restless unemployed will soon fill the streets. Yet in San Francisco, some crazed optimist in the Pacific Stock Exchange Tower has hired Diego Rivera to decorate a private club for stockbrokers. Could this be the most doomed, stupid idea of all 1930? Here is Rivera, an intermittent communist who'd met with Stalin in Russia only two years before, perched on the scaffolding above the financial titans of Sansome Street.
TRAVEL
December 21, 2008 | Karen Leland
San Francisco and environs may be short on snow in December, but it has more than enough jingle to make your holidays sing. You may not be able to take a sleigh ride through Golden Gate Park, but here are 10 places where you can find plenty of Christmas cheer in the shops, restaurants and shows from Union Square to South of Market. 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 1995 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Two Sunday casts for the San Francisco Ballet "Nutcracker" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center confirmed the excellence of the company as a whole. At the matinee, Jim Sohm gave Drosselmeyer more of an air of mystery than Val Caniparoli, his Saturday predecessor. But Caniparoli looked fine in the Arabian Dance, breezing through the partnering hazards opposite a pliant Virginia Long. The new Clara, Aria Rosenberg, effectively emphasized vivacity and wonder.
NEWS
November 15, 2008
San Francisco Ballet: A review in Friday's Calendar section of San Francisco Ballet at the Orange County Performing Arts Center identified the dancers who opened "Double Evil" as Pascal Molat and Vanessa Zahorian. They were Pierre-Francois Vilanoba and Elana Altman.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2008 | Victoria Looseleaf, Looseleaf is a freelance writer.
Ballet junkies in need of a swan fix or a jolt of "Giselle" were out of luck Wednesday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Which isn't to say there weren't plenty of high points -- and tutus and tights, as well as oodles of silver and gold spandex -- when San Francisco Ballet tore through the second of two programs (running through Sunday) as if on methedrine. And at 75 years of age, the oldest classical company in the U.S. may never have looked so young -- and fabulous.
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