San Francisco Ballet principal Muriel Maffre is writing a diary that will appear in the Chronicle during the company’s tour to Paris. The paper asked me to describe Maffre’s career with the company by way of introduction, and so I led with her intention to retire soon, which she has not kept secret:

“The San Francisco Ballet will have a tall order to fill if Muriel Maffre retires next year, and not just because the majestic principal dancer is 5 feet 10 inches. Elegant, intelligent and impossibly long-limbed, this chic Frenchwoman is only one among a clutch of international-caliber stars who have launched the company into ballet’s big leagues, but she is irreplaceable.”

Click here for the rest of my appreciation, and here for the first of Maffre’s dispatches.

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