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1877 Feb 4
(O.S. January 23) Russia’s Imperial Ballet first performed “La Bayadere” (Temple Dancer) by Marius Petipa (1818-1910), to music by Ludwig Minkus.
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1923
Tamara Geva (d.1991), Russian ballet dancer, married George Balanchine, ballet choreographer. The couple traveled to East Prussia in 1924 with the Soviet State Dancers and then defected to Paris where they joined Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes.
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1924
French Count Etienne de Beaumont commissioned the ballet “Mercure” from painter Picasso, composer Eric Satie and choreographer Leonide Massine.
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1950
Ah Bing (Hua Jan-Jun b.1893), blind Chinese folk musician, died. A ballet based on his life, written by Yong Yao premiered in 2006 in San Jose, Ca., under the title “Moon Reflection on Crystal Spring.”
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1959 Jun 4
The Soviet Union’s Bolshoi Ballet company arrived in San Francisco following performances in New York and Los Angeles. They were scheduled for 4 performances at the War Memorial House. In LA troupe members bought furs, rugs, china and curtain rods.
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1961 Jun 17
Soviet ballet star Rudolf Nureyev (d.1993) defected from the Soviet Union at the Paris Le Bourget airport while traveling with the Leningrad Kirov Ballet. In 1998 Diane Solway covered this event in her biography: "Nureyev."
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1970 Sep 4
Natalia Makarova (b.1940), Russian ballet dancer, requested asylum while on tour in Britain.
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1972 Jun
George Balanchine and his NYC Ballet presented 22 new dances set to the music of Stravinsky: "Symphony in Three Movements."
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1973 Oct 12
The ballet “Remembrances” by Robert Joffrey (1930-1988) premiered in NYC.
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1973
Michael Smuin became the associate artistic director of the SF Ballet with Lew Christensen. They collaborated on a new "Cinderella."
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1974 Jun 29
Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected in Toronto, Canada.
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1974 Jul 24
Fernando Bujones (1955-2005), American-Cuban ballet virtuoso, won ballet’s gold medal at Varna, Bulgaria.
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1975
1987
Dr. Richard LeBlond Jr. (d.2000 at 76) served as the president of the SF Ballet.
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1978
Anne Wooliams (d.1999 at 72), British ballet director, published "Ballet Studio." A German edition was published in 1973.
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1978
Hans Werner Henze (b.1926), German composer living in Italy, wrote his ballet "Orpheus."
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1981
The SF Ballet under Michael Smuin performed "The Tempest" live from the Opera House and won an Emmy.
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1983
George Balanchine, leader of the New York City Ballet, died. One of his star dancers, Allegra Kent, published her autobiography in 1997: "Once a Dancer."
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1984
Merrill Ashley, ballerina, published her memoir: Dancing for Balanchine."
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1984
The Ballet "Sergeant Early’s Dream" was created by Christopher Bruce.
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1985
Helgi Tomasson succeeded Lew Christensen as artistic director of the SF Ballet. The season opened with a full-length "Nutcracker."
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1986
The ballet "Ma Pavlova" was created by Roland Petit.
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1991
"The Hard Nut" ballet was created for the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels on a subplot of the E.T.A. Hoffman tale of the "Nutcracker." The score is completely faithful to Tchaikovsky.
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1996 Jan 5
Lincoln Kirstein (b.1906), American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, and cultural figure in New York City, died. In 1946 Balanchine and Kirstein founded the Ballet Society, renamed the New York City Ballet in 1948. Together they made this one of the most innovative dance companies in the world. His books included the 1932 novel “Flesh Is Heir,” a historical romance. In 2007 Martin Duberman authored “The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein.”
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2006 Jun 23
Julian White (b.1930), American composer and pianist, died at his home in Kensington, Ca. His work included “The Montmorency Offertory” (1983) and the ballet “The Man Who Died” (1985).
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2007 Apr 23
Michael Smuin (68), choreographer, died in SF of a heart attack.
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2008 Dec 20
In Russia Olga Lepeshinskaya (b.1916), a Soviet-era prima ballerina who danced with the Bolshoi Ballet for decades, died.
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2009 Apr 28
Ekaterina Maximova (70), legendary Russian ballerina, died. Maximova's dancing career at the Bolshoi spanned three decades, from her debut as Masha in "The Nutcracker" in 1958 until 1988.
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2010 Apr 25
A hot air balloon carrying 14 people crashed in the desert south of Dubai, killing at least two.
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2010
Jennifer Homans authored “Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet.”
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2013 Apr 11
American ballerina Maria Tallchief (b.1925), the daughter of an Oklahoma oil family, died in Chicago. She was once married to George Balanchine and became famous in his productions of “Firebird,” “Swan Lake” and “Nutcracker.”
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2013 Jun 18
Ballet dancer David Wall (67), known for becoming the youngest male principal at the Royal Ballet at the age of 21, died of cancer at his home in London.
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2013 Jul 9
In Russia Anatoly Iksanov (61), the chief of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, was fired after months of infighting following an acid attack on its artistic director that has stained the reputation of one of the legendary names in world ballet.
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2013 Dec 3
In Russia Bolshoi star dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison over an acid attack on the ballet's director that exposed vicious backstage bickering and intrigue at the renowned theater.
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