I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet’s 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House.
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Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, the production was a much-welcomed fix. Sleeping Beauty is all about virtuosic talent. It is the ultimate expression of Classical Ballet. Some of its most familiar musical passages are contained in the Act III pas de deux and variations of Princess Florine and the Bluebird. As our conversation began, I told Hansuke that his eye-popping performance that night is still in my head. “My memory of Bluebird is painful,” he replied….