Serenade, RAkU, Lambarena: SF Ballet Program 1

War Memorial Opera House — San Francisco, January 30, 2015

When I go out to watch ballet, my first question of course is… which bow tie to wear? As Serenade was on the program, the clear answer is:

Ethan (@dancingfoodie) and I met up, and we then just found out that Lorry (@Bead_109) had come up from Southern California for an SFB weekend, so after some lobby-searching we had a NoCal-SoCal tweetup! (I had not seen Lorry since 2011, on a ballet trip down to Orange County/L.A.) Ah, how wonderful the ballet twitterverse is. [See her blog post, “Ballet…the San Francisco Treat.”]

Here are my ballet bites from the varied program (Serenade by George Balanchine, RAkU by Yuri Possokhov, Lambarena by Val Caniparoli), followed by the evening’s principal casting:

For more on Joseph Walsh, see his bio; Meet the Artist interviews are archived on the SF Ballet website (though I’m not sure how soon after the original date).

See also: reviews from San Francisco Chronicle, DanceTabs, danceviewtimes, Bachtrack.

PROGRAM 1 — Friday, January 30, 2015 — 8pm
*Indicates premiere in ballet

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky
Waltz Couple: Lorena Feijoo, Davit Karapetyan*
Russian Girl: Vanessa Zahorian
Angel: Dores André
Dark Angel: Tiit Helimets


Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Composer: Shinji Eshima
Yuan Yuan Tan, Carlos Quenedit
Pascal Molat


Choreographer: Val Caniparoli
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach and traditional African rhythms and music (as arranged by Pierre Akendengue and Hughes de Courson)
Lorena Feijoo
Kimberly Braylock, Ellen Rose Hummel
Joseph Walsh, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira, Wei Wang

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