Author Archives: Robert Russo

Opening Night and National Day in Beijing

Last night as our technical rehearsals of Swan Lake ended, the dancers, crew, and staff headed back to the hotel since we were advised not to travel in the city; much of which had been locked down in preparations for today’s big military parade. Today is October 1st, National Day in China and the Celebration […]

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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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Report from the Tour: Shanghai

It’s been a busy few days for all of us in Shanghai. When last I wrote, we had just returned from our wonderful welcome reception hosted by the U.S. Consul General. Since then, all four of our ocean freight cargo containers with our scenery, costumes, equipment (including our very own SF Ballet dance floor) were […]

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Report from the Tour: Shanghai

After the 13-hour flight from San Francisco, the dancers and company arrived safe and sound in Shanghai. All in all, it was a pretty uneventful travel day, but then again, moving 100 people half-way around the world is an event in and of itself. By the time we arrived at the hotel in Shanghai and […]

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