As San Francisco Ballet’s run comes to a close here in Paris, I am left to contemplate what has transpired and what I will remember for years to come. It has been an intense tour with no shortage of performances (18) or amount of ballets (also 18) and the Company deserves credit for pulling it off. The audiences have been very receptive, and judging from our prolonged curtain calls and strong ticket sales and reviews, SFB in Paris has been a resounding success.
Ten years ago, SFB inaugurated the Les Etes de la Danse festival and I remember with fondness Yuri Possokhov’s final performances. A decade later, this summer marks the last performances of two more great dancers, Damian Smith and Ruben Martin Cintas with SFB. Backstage watching Damian and Yuan Yuan Tan perform the pas de deux’s from Wheeldon’s After the Rain and Ghosts for the last time will remain some of my favorite memories of their unforgettable partnership.