SAN FRANCISCO — The dance-going public is drawn to full-length story ballets the way film buffs flock to old movies. Never mind if the story is cheesy, or if the corps de ballet is used mostly to pack the stage like extras in a Cecil B. DeMille production. As in old films, these ballets – from “Swan Lake” to “Cinderella” – are legible to almost everyone, and they deliver the emotional punch audiences yearn for. They also fill opera house seats. Related ArticlesLauren Yee’s ‘The Great Leap’ stumbles at ACT in SFTheater review: ‘Marie and Rosetta’ rocking the Stern TheatreCity Lights’ ‘Eurydice’: A bilingual production with a twistIn an angry nation, Felicity Huffman’s one famous defender didn’t help her caseWhy a musical about a Depression-era New York mayor still charmsWith that in mind, San Francisco Ballet joined forces with the Royal Ballet in London to back a production of “Frankenstein” by young British choreographer Liam Scarlett. Learning that Scarlett planned to base the work on Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic novel – “Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus,” a tale set in the 1700s at the dawn of modern science – San Francisco Ballet artistic director Helgi Tomasson was intrigued. It met his hunger to “find something new, … different and maybe daring.”.
Peggy Conaway, the author of five photo histories about Los Gatos, was presented on Oct, 7 with the Pat O’Laughlin Contribution to Literature Award at Los Gatos-Listowel Writers’ Festival, The award is named after the late Pat ballerina and gentleman - 1950s vintage photograph - toe shoes- tutu- man in tuxedo- ballet dancer- paper ephemera O’Laughlin, a former trial attorney and Los Gatos mayor with a love of writing and literature, Conaway is a local historian and retired director of Los Gatos Public Library, Peggy Conaway, the author of five books who played a vital role in a local documentary and development of an app, was presented recently with the Pat O’Laughlin Contribution to Literature Award..
2Dudamel at the Greek: Cal Performances launched its fall season in September with a residency by conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who brought the Símon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela to the Greek Theatre for a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral.” Joined by the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, and Chamber Chorus of the University of California and Alumni, it was a glorious night of music under the stars. 3Christian Tetzlaff-San Francisco Symphony: There was chemistry to spare in October at Davies Symphony Hall, when German violinist Christian Tetzlaff, Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony teamed up for an electrifying performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1.
Neither Safari West nor its staff survived the fire unscathed, Valuable equipment was destroyed, and the memories of that night and the days that followed are seared in their minds, The Langs lost their home, which was just up the road from the park, Brian Jellison, the ranch manager who has worked at Safari West for 17 years, remembers how warm it was that October day and how high the winds had been, The ballerina and gentleman - 1950s vintage photograph - toe shoes- tutu- man in tuxedo- ballet dancer- paper ephemera call came late that Sunday night, telling him of a fire on the mountain, Within 45 minutes, it had spread and was headed straight for the park, Jellison sent his family to safety, then turned his attention to the Langs..
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