San Francisco Ballet China Tour: Shanghai


Review of Christopher Wheeldon’s 'Within the Golden Hour' at the Shanghai Grand Theatre:


"In the final pas de deux, Maria Kochetkova was ecstatic and extraordinarily beautiful, wonderfully partnered by Ruben Martin Cintas. Kotchekova’s well-proportioned body, her beautiful line, and her supple upper-back were perfectly displayed in Wheeldon’s choreography."


Within the Golden Hour

I'll be doing Chris Wheeldon's 'Within the Golden Hour' on the opening Friday April 3rd, Saturday matinee April 4th and Tuesday night on April 7th
"Weightless Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada had the melting pas de deux to an interloping bit of Vivaldi, which integrates surprisingly well with the Bosso while lending a climactic gravitas." San Francisco Chronicle

Giselle: San Francisco Ballet in Washington DC

©Erik Tomasson I'll be dancing the opening night of Giselle with Joan Boada on the 28th November at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. I'm also dancing 'Within the Golden Hour' on the 25th November. Giselle reviews:
"During its Friday night opening, the young Miss Kochetkova had the ethereal grace, lovely line and strong technique for the part. She is an entrancing Giselle at the beginning of her career and undoubtedly will make her own distinctive mark as she grows in the role." The Washington Times
"The coveted opening night of "Giselle" is going to a relative newcomer to the company, Maria Kochetkova. "She's a very young Russian girl who's been with me over a year now," says Mr. Tomasson, 66. "She is absolutely beautiful in 'Giselle,' and I'm having her dance opening night because she hasn't been seen here before."" The Washington Times
"Maria Kochetkova's Giselle was all delicacy, with exquisitely formed positions and toes of steel." The Washington Post
Within the Golden Hour reviews:
"In the third duet, the amazing Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada, illuminated by a subtle blue light, mirrored each other’s steps with carefree spontaneity in what looked like a game or contest."
The American Tour: Washington DC

SFB at Orange County Performing Arts Center

I have four performances this week at the Orange County Performing Arts Center: Within the Golden Hour: Tuesday, November 11th 7:30pm Saturday, November 15th 7:30pm Double Evil: Friday, November 14th 7:30pm Saturday, November 15th 2:00pm Fusion: Sunday, November 16th 2:00pm The American Tour: California

SFB American Tour: New York

I will be dancing with the company at New York City Center between 10th-18th October in the following shows: Within the Golden Hour: Friday 10th Oct 8pm On a Theme of Paganini: Tuesday 14th Oct 7:30pm Saturday 18th Oct 2pm Fusion: Wednesday 15th Oct 7:30pm Double Evil: Friday 17th Oct 8pm Divertimento No. 15: Saturday 18th Oct 8pm The American Tour: New York

SFB American Tour: Chicago

Chicago reviews: Within the Golden Hour and Don Quixote Pas de Deux
"Wheeldon has crafted a series of hauntingly lovely duets for three principals couples, with particularly hypnotic dancing by the petite, technically bravura, highly expressive Maria Kochetkova (a standout dancer in all of the company’s programs) and her partner, Joan Boada" "As for the gala, there were three standout sections [including the] grand pas de deux from “Don Quixote,” in which Kochetkova and Boada set the stage on fire." Chicago Tribune
On a Theme of Paganini
"At its heart is an utterly glorious pas de deux, telegraphing Tomasson's riveting sense of drama, danced exquisitely Wednesday at the Harris Theater by creamy, swarthy Davit Karapetyan and delicate Maria Kochetkova, one of the more artful ballerinas on view during this visit by the San Francisco Ballet, where Tomasson is artistic director." Chicago Tribune
"Tomasson's strongest work here is in the more intimate sequences, with tiny, delicate, Russian-bred Maria Kochetkova wholly captivating in the way she seemed to completely defy gravity with her exquisite pointe work" Chicago Sun-Times
American tour: Chicago