San Francisco Ballet is America’s oldest professional ballet company with an illustrious history of “firsts,” including the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker.
And so it was befitting the high standards of the Ballet that the 2011 opening gala performance featured two world premieres!
Gorretti Lui, Edwin Lee, Charlotte Shultz, Jerry Yang
Carl Pascarella, Pam Baer, Jerry Yang
The first world premier of the evening was Val Caniparoli’s Double Stop, set to the music of Philip Glass. The pas de deux was performed by Sarah Van Patten and Tiit Helimets.
Kim Carim, Debra Bernard (General Manager San Francisco Ballet), Glenn McCoy (Ballet Executive Director), Arshad Carim
Lorena Feijoo and Vitor Luiz performed the world premiere of Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov’s Talk to Her (hable con ella).
Created for the 2011 Opening Night Gala, the work was set to Alberto Iglesias‘ Hable con ella, and marks Possokhov’s 13th work for the Company.
Alison Mauze (Auxiliary President), Richard Barker, Rada Brooks (Gala Chair), Marie Hurabiell (Gala Dinner Chair)
The program also included the United States premier of John Neumeier’s New Pizzicato Polka. Created for the 2006 New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic and set to the music of Johann Strauss Jr., the work was originally danced by members of the Hamburg Ballet, where Neumeier serves as director and chief choreographer. It was performed by Vanessa Zahorian, Jaime Garcia Castilla, and Taras Domitro.
Marie Hurabiell (Gala Dinner Chair), Andrew Trader
Prior to the Gala performance, five black-tie fundraising dinners were held in City Hall, with all proceeds from the dinners benefiting San Francisco Ballet’s annual fund.
Ellen Hummel, Jessica Lind, Lauren Parrott
Patti Rock, John Fetzer, Suzanne Thornton, Charlie Thornton
Joy Bianchi, Linda Gordon
All five dinners were catered by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, with wine provided by William Hill Estate Winery, and water by Crystal Geyser and CG Roxane. Sparkling wine was courtesy of La Marca Prosecco and cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka.
Riccardo Benavides, Kathy Huber (Gala Decor Chair)
Dinner decor for the evening was created by J. Riccardo Benavides of Ideas.
Patrick Barber, Melissa Barber
Nate Schierholtz, of the SF Giants
Bandel Carano, Paula Carano
Paula Carano, Rosalina Lydster
Alan Malouf, Lindsay Bolton
Suzy Kellems Dominik
Dede Wilsey, Helgi Tomasson
Marybeth La Motte, Lisa Grotts, Keylee Sanders
Nicola Miner, Robert Mailer Anderson
O.J. Shansby, Gary Shansby
Bob Fisher, Randi Fisher
Yurie Pascarella, Carl Pascarella
Patricia Ferrin Loucks (Gala Benefactor Party Chair), Laura Miller, Elaine Mellis (Gala Patron Party Chair)
Claire Kostic (Gala Launch Party Chair), Suzanne Thornton
Rada Brooks (Gala Chair), Debra Bernard (General Manager San Francisco Ballet)
Val Caniparoli, Lorena Feijoo, Vitor Luiz
Shannon Cronan, Dan Cronan
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