Friday, January 20, 2012

Jan 20 2012

Rehearsal for SDB's Romeo et Juliet. Photographer: Gregory Olive. Dancer: Rachel Sebastian-Hagquist. A study of Lady Capulet.
Rehearsal for SDB's Romeo et Juliet. Photographer: Gregory Olive. Dancer: Rachel Sebastian-Hagquist.

Daily Stuff - More Romeo rehearsal. I'll be about halfway through cleaning it up today. Should be done with it by the weekend.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is SDB doing the same ballets over and over? I understand that this is a criticism, but as a concerned community member I feel the need to understand.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Javier said...

Dear Anonymous,
I am responding to this e-mail, even though you aren't posting a name. In the future, I will not publish an anonymous post, so if you wish to continue this or future discussions, please get an identity.

San Diego Ballet DOES repeat certain ballets seasonally. However, each year SDB ALSO presents 2 to 3 world premieres. This year's Fall Rep saw the world premiere of Echale Salsita AND Suite Italianne, as well as the return of Alice:Wonderland after a 4 year hiatus. Last year's, Fall Rep saw the premiere of How High The Moon and Guitar Concerto. The Romance program in February will feature pieces that haven't been in the SDBallet Rep for over 10 years, as well as the annual Romeo et Juliet.

Yes, some people want to see the Nutcracker every Christmas and Romeo and Juliet every Valentine's Day. And for them we supply those ballets. However, since the inception of SDB 20 years ago, I have personally choreographed over 75 pieces for the company. That is an average of 3 new works a year.

And when it comes down to it, 4 annual performances of Romeo and Juliet over 4 years comes out to 16 shows, That is less than three weeks of a single year run of the Globe's annual How The Grinch Stole Christmas or the Lamb's Player's two year run of Mixtape.

The simple answer to your question is that SDB repeats SOME shows annually because those shows continue to make us money and the community wants to see them. But they are by no means our entire programming.

I hope this has answered your question.

3:52 PM  

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