February 12, 1994 |
The first program this week by the San Francisco Ballet concentrated on plotless musical visualizations. The second, which included the world premiere of Donald McKayle's "Gumbo Ya-Ya," Thursday at the War Memorial Opera House, was devoted to rituals of community.
November 27, 1994 |
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.
May 11, 2009 |
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.
November 6, 1994 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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.
September 18, 1994 |
Michael Smuin, the controversial former director of the San Francisco Ballet, lives in an airy hillside home that combines different motifs in a surprisingly coherent whole. The place has a Southwestern feel to it, yet it's filled with mementos of a long and varied career in the performing arts. An affinity for the classics is as evident as a love of several contemporary cultures--a pen and ink of a renaissance theater character hangs not far from a Native American work. Smuin too is a study in contrasts.