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Dancer Auditions Listed for San Francisco Opera 2018 Season

Nov. 10, 2017 San Francisco. San Francisco Opera has listed dancer openings for the 2018 season. Candidates may audition at the Memorial Opera House on November 30, 2017. See the Auditions & Jobs page for details.

South African Dancers Join The New Ballet School

Nov. 2, 2017 San Jose. The New Ballet School in San Jose has announced that two dancers from South Africa will join the New Ballet Studio Company training program this month. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Odwa Lindokuhle Makando and Lwando Dutyulwa have come to the USA through a J-1 cultural exchange visa sponsored by International Arts & Artists.

Executive Director Dalia Rawson first saw Makando and Dutyulwa this past summer when they took a class at the New Ballet Summer Intensive taught by José Manuel Carreño, Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico. “We are beyond thrilled to work with these exciting dancers,” Rawson said, "Their artistry and unique experience will be an asset on the stage, in our studios, and in our New Ballet community."

During their stay in San Jose Makando and Dutyulwa will reside with host family Mark and Elizabeth Striebeck and their two children.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Announces Winners

Oct. 22, 2017 San Francisco. The winners of this year's San Francisco Dance Film Festival were announced at the close of the 8th annual festival.

Categories and awards included:

  • Best Documentary ($1,000)
  • Best Live Performance Capture ($500)
  • Best Screendance Film: Under 5 minutes ($500), Under 10 minutes ($500), and 10 minutes and over ($500)
  • Best Student Film ($500)
  • Best Art/Experimental ($500)
  • Best Technical Achievement ($500)

Winning films were from Canada, Norway, Lebanon, USA, and Switzerland. Judges included gallery owner Catharine Clark, Wayne Hazzard of Dancers Group, San Francisco photographer RJ Muna, and filmmaker Kristine Samuelson.

A list of award winners is available on the Festival web site


San Francisco Ballet Releases Details of Unbound Festival

Nov. 7, 2017 San Francisco. San Francisco Ballet has announced the particulars of next year's Unbound: A Festival of New Works, including the program order, artistic credits, and select titles. Unbound showcases works by twelve international choreographers in the following programming (updated Nov. 9):

  • Unbound Program A opens on April 20: Alonzo King, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck
  • Unbound Program B opens on April 21: Myles Thatcher, Cathy Marston, David Dawson
  • Unbound Program C opens on April 24: Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
  • Unbound Program D opens April 26: Edwaard Liang, Dwight Rhoden, Arthur Pita

The works will be presented in four programs of three works each, over seventeen performances, from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, May 6, 2018.

San Francisco Ballet is organizing related events in conjunction with Unbound, partnering with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival to produce four short dance films and collaborate with four of the twelve Unbound choreographers: filmmaker Kate Duhamel with choreographers Alonzo King and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, filmmaker Mark Kohr with choreographer Cathy Marston, and filmmaker Matthew McKee with choreographer Dwight Rhoden.

San Francisco Ballet is also presenting Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet’s Future, from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29, comprised of an opening roundtable hosted by critic Marina Harss and three panels:

  • “Silicon Ballet:” Bringing Ballet and Technology Together On Stage, On Film, and Online; Ballet Unbound?
  • The Aesthetics and Politics of Ballet in a Globalized World;
  • Boundless: Featuring New Voices in Ballet Choreography, Leadership, and Audiences.

All Symposium events will take place at the War Memorial Opera House and nearby venues.

In addition, Unbound Out of Bounds will be a series of "pop-up" events, from winter to spring, in unusual places throughout San Francisco. Aimed at younger audiences unfamiliar with ballet, the series will begin with an outdoor fitness class on October 26 and continue with additional events in public venues, bars, and other locations.

For more information on Unbound: A Festival of New Works, visit sfballet.org/unbound.p

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