Monthly Archives: September 2009

Report from the Tour: Beijing


Greetings from the Tour! It’s been a very busy week for all of us. Since last I wrote, San Francisco Ballet danced 4 triumphant shows at the Shanghai Grand Theatre: one mixed-repertory program and three performances of Swan Lake. Our dancers kept up the fast pace with technical and dress rehearsals and different casts of […]

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Reflections on Shanghai


Half way through the tour, we’re now in Beijing and I’ve got a bit of time to sit and look back over our time in Shanghai. Having arrived on Friday 18 September, the dancers were offered an optional class on Saturday that I taught. The crew were working to get the theatre ready for our stage […]

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Beijing Journal


We finished our run in Shanghai and arrived in Beijing yesterday. The weather is blissfully cool and dry. Shanghai was so humid and warm that I couldn’t walk outside without breaking into a sweat. The only cool things in Shanghai were the audiences, which, as Lily Rogers noted, were much more reserved than we’re used […]

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Leaving Shanghai…


Sunday, September 27th –Shanghai to Beijing 1:32pm I’m currently mid-flight on my way to Beijing.  The Company checked out of the hotel early this morning, filed onto buses, and headed out to the airport. The flight is less than half-full (which I find a little surprising, considering the close proximity of National Day), and I […]

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