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A lot is going on these days at San Francisco Ballet. Three treasured principal dancers are retiring, two soloists have been promoted to principal, and five promoted from the corps de ballet to soloist.

Farewell Performances to Honor Principal Dancers Feijoo, Karapetyan, Zahorian

San Francisco Ballet will say so long to three of their retiring notable principals in farewell performances. Principal Dancers (and married couple) Davit Karapetyan and Vanessa Zahorian will dance their Farewell Performance of Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake on Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 PM.

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Davit Karapetyan, Vanessa Zahorian, and Lorena Feijoo
Photos by David Allen, ©San Francisco Ballet

Principal Dancer Lorena Feijoo's Farewell Performance will be part of an existing performance of Made for SF Ballet on April 18. Lorena Feijoo will perform a pas de deux (with an as-yet unannounced partner) from Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird, which has been added to the program.

Greco, Stahl Promoted to Principal Dancer

Angelo Greco is from Nuoro, Italy. Before he joined San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2016, Angelo danced with La Scala Ballet. Also in 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Erik Bruhn Prize. Angelo has performed featured roles in Tomasson's Haffner Symphony, Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas, and Possokhov's Optimistic Tragedy, among other works.

From Guadalajara, Mexico, Esteban Hernandez trained at The Rock School in Philadelphia before joining San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2013. He has performed a variety of principal and featured roles, most recently as Henry in Scarlett’s Frankenstein.

A native of Dana Point, California, Jennifer Stahl trained at San Francisco Ballet School before being named an apprentice in 2005, a corps de ballet member in 2006, and a soloist in 2013. Since then, she has created roles in works by Forsythe, Morris, Peck, Possokhov, and Thatcher and has performed numerous principal roles.

Cauthorn, DeVivo, Frantziskonis, Hernandez, Morse Promoted to Soloist

San Francisco Ballet has announced dancer promotions, one from soloist to principal, and three from the corps de ballet to soloist. Max Cauthorn was promoted to soloist on March 13, effective immediately. Isabella DeVivo, Jahna Frantziskonis, Esteban Hernandez, and Steven Morse will become soloists effective July 1, 2017.

San Francisco native Max Cauthorn trained at San Francisco Ballet School for eight years, including two years as a San Francisco Ballet School Trainee. In 2013 Max was named apprentice. In 2014 he became a member of the corps de ballet, where he performed principal or featured roles in works by Tomasson, Forsythe, Lifar, Possokhov, Scarlett, and Wheeldon, among others. Max also created a corps de ballet role in Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings.

Isabella DeVivo was born in Great Neck, New York. Her training includes the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and the San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program. She joined San Francisco Ballet in 2013 as a dancer in the corps de ballet. She has danced in featured or principal roles in several of Helgi Tomasson’s works, as well as in works by Balanchine, Caniparoli, Peck, and Scarlett. Among other roles, she created corps de ballet roles in Tomasson’s Caprice and Thatcher’s Manifesto.

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Jahna Frantziskonis trained at Ballet Arts Tucson, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She joined San Francisco Ballet as a corps de ballet member in 2015. Jahna has danced principal or featured roles in works by Tomasson, Balanchine, Scarlett, and Wheeldon. In the 2016 Season, she debuted as Olga in Cranko’s Onegin. She also created a corps de ballet role in Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings.

Steven Morse, from Harbor City, California, was a trainee at San Francisco Ballet School before joining the Company in 2009. As a corps de ballet member, he created principal roles in Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries and Thatcher’s Manifesto.

Amy Seiwart to Choreograph Philip Glass Dance-Opera in San Francisco

Bay Area choreographer Amy Seiwert is joining the Opera Parallèle’s creative team in their new production of Philip Glass’ 1996 hybrid dance-opera Les Enfants Terribles. Based on the novel of the same name by Jean Cocteau, Les Enfant Terribles is the story of a brother and sister who live in a world of wild creativity and imagination.

Amy Seiwart
Amy Seiwart
Photo courtesy Amy Seiwart

Seiwert's choreography will join media designer David Murakami's and Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel's multi-dimensional experience that will interact with the singers, dancers, and media.

In her career, Amy Seiwert danced with Smuin, LA Chamber, and Sacramento Ballets. Her choreography was mentored by the late Michael Smuin. Named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, her first full evening of choreography was named one of the “Top 10” dance events of 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle. A former artist-in-residence at ODC, her works are in the repertoires of various ballet companies in the United States.

Les Enfants Terribles will be performed May 26 through 28 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. More information is available at operaparallele.org.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Submission Deadline is April 17

Now in its seventh year, the San Francisco Dance Film Festival has announced the opening of submissions for the 2017 Festival. Films may submitted for consideration until the deadline of May 1, 2017.

This year's Festival will run from October 19 to 22, again at the Brava Theater Center. Screenings and events will showcase dance films from around the world and from every genre of dance.

Filmmakers, choreographers, dancers, video artists, and students are welcome to submit their work through May 1st. All dance-based films of any style or length will be considered. The film judged Best Documentary will be awarded $1,000, with awards of $500 for other categories.

Submission forms and more information about the Festival are available at SDFF.

Mark Foehringer Dance Project Launches 11th Season of Young Choreographer's Forum SF and SJ

In their 11th year of mentoring choreographers ages 16-24, Mark Foehringer Dance Project Young Choreographer's Forum SF has added a second venue in San Jose.

Each year, up to ten choreographers are selected to participate in two sessions, where they are mentored by a panel of professional choreographers. In 11 seasons the Project has mentored more than 70 young dance makers.

Each year, the Young Choreographers Forum presents a final showing to demonstrate the work they have created as a result of their feedback from the forum. The YCF SF final showing is March 18 at the Joe Goode Annex. The YCF SJ final showing is March 19 at the SJSU Dance Studios.

ODC Theater Announces 2017 Season

ODC's 2017 season will include world premieres by David Gordon, FACT/SF, Monique Jenkinson, tinypistol, Laura Elaine Ellis and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, and West Coast premieres by Kate Weare Company and The Foundry. Additional season highlights include remounts of works by Joanna Haigood and RAWdance.

This season is the first for Julie Potter as ODC's new Theater Director. She succeeds Christy Bolingbroke in the position. Julie was previously the Creative Ecosystem Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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