"SFB London 2012" tag
Maria Kochetkova and Hansuke Yamamoto in Possokhov's Classical Symphony.© Dave Morgan and courtesy of San Francisco Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Programme C: Morris, Possokhov, Wheeldon – London

The evening certainly demonstrated the admirable qualities of the SFB dancers: their hard-working, good-humoured, go-for-it approach and the range of different talents in the company. The goodwill they generate in the audience is remarkable. Here’s hoping they come back for a return visit soon.

San Francisco Ballet in Mark Morris' Beaux.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in London – Programme C

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Christopher Wheeldon with dancers Tiit Helimets & Sarah van Patten.© Dave Morgan and courtesy of San Francisco Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – A day with San Francisco Ballet

Dave Morgan spends a day with San Francisco Ballet, armed only with his camera…

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Wheeldon's Ghosts.© Dave Morgan and courtesy of San Francisco Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Programme B: Tomasson, Wheeldon, Page – London

San Francisco’s second programme was better balanced than the first, with contrasting works created for the company within the past two years.

San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15.© Dave Morgan and courtesy of San Francisco Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Programme A: Balanchine, Liang, Wheeldon – London

I loved the way the SFB dancers were so confident with the choreography (of Divertimento No 15), at ease after an understandably tense start.

Vito Mazzeo, Tiit Helimets & Sarah van Patten in Tomasson's Trio.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in London – Programme B

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Yuan Yuan Tan and Vito Mazzeo in Edwaard Liang's Symphonic Dances.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in London – Programme A

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Helgi Tomasson.© Chris Hardy.

Helgi Tomasson – San Francisco Ballet – Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer

Q: Any regrets?
Ans: “No regrets — I would do it all again the same way.”

Maria Kochetkova.© David Allen. (Click image for larger version)

Maria Kochetkova – San Francisco Ballet – Principal

Who are your favorite choreographers? 1. “Christopher Wheeldon. He picked me for the first ballet I had created on me .. and I have worked with him on every single work he has done since I joined SFB.”

Lonnie Weeks.© David Allen. (Click image for larger version)

Lonnie Weeks – San Francisco Ballet – Corps de Ballet

It’s not about the technique anymore, it’s about that extra special something that makes you stand apart from everyone else…

Elana Altman – San Francisco Ballet – Soloist

Muriel [Maffre] was an inspiration for me because she got so many great roles even though she was tall. After she retired I started to get some of her old parts.

Yuri Possokhov.© David Allen. (Click image for larger version)

Yuri Possokhov – San Francisco Ballet – Choreographer in Residence

The best thing about being at SFB is that I got to work with so many choreographers. It inspired me so much.

San Francisco Ballet – Primer and London Season Preview

Aimée Tsao, watching San Francisco Ballet for over 35 years now, with a general primer on the company and some thoughts on the repertoire they are bring to London in September 2012…

San Francisco Ballet bringing 9 premieres to London in September 2012

True to style, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson is showcasing his dancers in a highly varied programme of ten short works – no fewer than nine of them UK premieres – for their long-awaited return to the London stage.

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