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February 16, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES
San Francisco Bay Area dance critics ranged from condemnation to cautious endorsement in assessing UC Irvine dance professor Donald McKayle's "Gumbo Ya-Ya," which received its premiere last week by the San Francisco Ballet. " 'Gumbo Ya-Ya' is, simply, a disaster, the company's biggest mistake since artistic director Helgi Tomasson's Joan of Arc ballet some years ago," Allan Ulrich wrote in the San Francisco Examiner.
November 27, 1994 | Lewis Segal, Lewis Segal is The Times' dance writer. He has viewed Worsaae productions in Salt Lake City, Copenhagen and San Francisco and throughout Southern California.
Nobody planned it that way, but the new $900,000 San Francisco Ballet "Romeo and Juliet" that opens Wednesday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion can be considered a monument to the late Danish designer Jens-Jacob Worsaae.
November 6, 1994 | Martin Bernheimer, Martin Bernheimer is The Times' music and dance critic
Jorge Esquivel should have been an international superstar. Balletomanes everywhere should have thought of him when they thought of Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Extraordinarily lithe, eminently Latin and macho-muscular, he exuded what the hypesters like to call animal magnetism. He was a firebrand, in the best sense. But he also was a cavalier, a disciplined stylist and the most self-effacing, most considerate, most reliable partner a ballerina could dream of. He had the touch of a poet.
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.
April 5, 2000
The Paris Opera Ballet will appear at the Orange County Performing Arts Center after an engagement in San Francisco next year. The San Francisco Ballet will present the Paris Opera Ballet in performances of Rudolf Nureyev's production of "La Bayadere" and Anjelin Preljocaj's "Le Parc" from April 30, 2001, to May in San Francisco. The programs will be repeated in Costa Mesa, according to a San Francisco Ballet representative, but the dates have not been announced.
August 25, 1990 | EILEEN SONDAK
The San Diego Foundation for the Performing Arts just announced that the San Diego premiere of San Francisco Ballet's critically acclaimed staging of "The Sleeping Beauty" will be financed, in part, by a $20,000 grant from the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Foundation. The Thorntons' gift, along with grants from other sources, brings the total support for the program to $100,000. "The production costs about $280,000," said Fred Colby, director of the foundation.
In a world that is tough, demanding and fiercely competitive, they are among the young elite. Lean and full of life, they come to the big brick building that houses the Boston Ballet with their muscles taut and their dreams fixed firmer still. Athletes and artists in equal measure, the young dancers who fill this prestigious group's corps de ballet are driven, determined and, to a one, immensely talented. But even in such rarefied company, Heidi Guenther stood out.
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