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Calendar, Night&Day Sprung on S.F.

Sprung on S.F.

In the sixth program of the season, San Francisco Ballet premieres Caprice, artistic director Helgi Tomasson's first new ballet since 2011's Trio. The abstract ballet is set to French composer Camille Saint-Saëns's Symphony No. 2, with an extra adagio movement…
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Calendar, Night&Day Forest Styx

Forest Styx

There was a special curse laid on women who didn't marry in the 19th century. Alive, they were called witches or hysterics. Dead, in the world of Théophile Gautier, they joined the wilis, a sorority of beautiful but murderous…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker: Classic Version Set in the City By the Bay

San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker: Classic Version Set in the City By the Bay

Sometimes it's hard to feel the Christmas spirit when the sun never stops shining, the leaves stay green, and only the briefest glazings of frost edge the blades of grass in the park. Theatrical interventions abound in the Bay…
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Calendar, Night&Day Deep in Odette

Deep in Odette

If you own anything made of velvet, you probably wonder: When should I attend the ballet? Drama queen, snobby freak, twee boy, corset girl, vintage clothing owner — the San Francisco Ballet's production of Swan Lake is for you. It…
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News, The Snitch Crushed Like a Nut: S.F. Ballet Dancer's <i>Hilarious</i> Anecdote Recalling Near-Death on Stage

Crushed Like a Nut: S.F. Ballet Dancer's Hilarious Anecdote Recalling Near-Death on Stage

You'll never laugh so hard about workplace accidents horrifying children By Joe Eskenazi Editors like to tell writers "Sometimes you have to kill your babies." It's a horrid notion -- even Medea didn't have to kill her babies, it…
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Music, Blood, Sweat, and Tutus

Blood, Sweat, and Tutus

In retrospect, the skirt was just too damn long. "I was a little concerned. But they said, 'Can you please try it at this length?' And I said okay — like every dancer does. You try to be very accommodating,"…
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Culture, Stage San Francisco Ballet's <i>Filling Station</i> Pumped with Acting

San Francisco Ballet's Filling Station Pumped with Acting

Everyone knows that the members of San Francisco Ballet can dance. Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, America's oldest ballet company has earned itself an international reputation for the unparalleled technique and lyricism of its performers, as well as artistic director…
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Culture, Stage The Hard Nut

The Hard Nut

The girl -- let's call her Clara, although some versions call her Marie -- wanted to be a ballerina. Her mother asked the people at San Francisco Ballet if Clara could audition for the school, which is prestigious, and the…
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