San Francisco Ballet - Meet the Artist

San Francisco Ballet - Meet the Artist

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Join San Francisco Ballet artists in conversation about their work and their lives.
Celebrating Jerome Robbins: Helgi Tomasson, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Ellen Sorrin
Aug 27 • 64 min
266: Myles Thatcher, Choreographer and Corps de Ballet
May 9 • 30 min
265: Jennifer Stahl, Principal Dancer
May 8 • 24 min
264: Classical, Neoclassical, and Contemporary Ballet with Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets
May 7 • 36 min
263: Lauren Strongin, Soloist
May 6 • 29 min
262: Creating Unbound: A Festival of New Work
May 4 • 39 min
261: Stanton Welch, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Houston Ballet
May 4 • 26 min
260: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa x Conversations on Dance
May 1 • 27 min
259: Myles Thatcher, Sylvie Rood, and Kersh Branz x Conversations on Dance
Apr 26 • 32 min
258: Justin Peck x Conversations on Dance
Apr 24 • 27 min
257: Peter Ottman, Ballet Master, The National Ballet of Canada
Apr 11 • 28 min
256: Heather Ogden, Guillaume Côté, and Carrie Gaiser Casey on John Neumeier’s Nijinsky
Apr 10 • 27 min
255: Skylar Campbell, First Soloist, The National Ballet of Canada
Apr 10 • 27 min
254: Ellen Rose Hummel, Corps de Ballet
Mar 28 • 24 min
Ellen Rose Hummel describes her journey to SFB from training with Patricia McBride in North Carolina, to her 3 years in the SF Ballet School and as a Trainee. She offers insight into the life of the senior students and Trainees at their chaperoned living…
253: Jerome Robbins with Lonnie Weeks and Esteban Hernandez
Mar 27 • 43 min
252: Madison Keesler, Corps de Ballet
Mar 14 • 24 min
After four seasons with English National Ballet, Corps de Ballet member Madison Keesler has returned to SF Ballet. During the talk, she reveals what brought her back to San Francisco, as well as what she has learned from performing with companies abroad.…
251: Frances Chung, Principal Dancer
Mar 13 • 27 min
Principal Dancer, Frances Chung, recounts the experience of being in London at the Royal Ballet to learn the role of Elizabeth Lavenza in Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein. She discusses how her interpretation of the role has evolved while performing it during…
250: Frankenstein
Mar 12 • 41 min
<p>Join Dance Educator Mary Wood as she discusses the intricacies of the makeup and costumes in Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein with the SF Ballet production staff and Principal Dancer Vitor Luiz.</p>
249: Benjamin Freemantle, Corps de Ballet
Mar 1 • 26 min
Corps de ballet artist Benjamin Freemantle describes his normal Sunday morning, his journey to SF Ballet, and discusses the excitement of premiering in Val Caniparoli's Ibsen's House. He also shares about his various side projects, including choreography…
248: Kimberly Marie Olivier, Corps de Ballet
Feb 27 • 28 min
Vivacious corps de ballet artist Kimberly Marie Olivier describes her enjoyment of participating in the creative process. She discusses portraying the role of Ellida Wangel, from Lady from the Sea, in Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, and the valuable…
247: Distinctly SF Ballet
Feb 26 • 21 min
246: Principal Dancer Sofiane Sylve
Feb 21 • 24 min
Principal Dancer Sofiane Sylve discusses her path to San Francisco and her experience in the Company. In particular, she discusses George Balanchine's Serenade, Val Caniparoli's Ibsen's House, and Jerome Robbins' The Cage.
245: Soloist Steven Morse
Feb 20 • 25 min
Soloist Steven Morse makes his first appearance as an MTA guest, describing his journey to SFB. He explains the Trainee program, calling it “boot camp” for life in the Company. He recalls learning a role in Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, and how important…
244: The Stories of Serenade, James Steichen, PhD
Feb 16 • 36 min
<p>Was Serenade really Balanchine’s first piece in America? And if not, how did that myth come to be? SF Ballet Visiting Scholar James Steichen presents on Balanchine’s early work and the pieces that preceded Serenade, adding a new dimension to our…
243: Principal Dancer Vitor Luiz
Feb 8 • 28 min
Principal Dancer Vitor Luiz talks about his experience as a young dance student in Brazil and the value of parental support. He provides insight into the ballet Sleeping Beauty and describes how he prepares to dance the very classical role of Prince…
242: Principal Dancer Carlo Di Lanno
Feb 7 • 27 min
Principal Dancer Carlo Di Lanno reviews his early training and performing career at La Scala, Milan, and stresses the importance of classical technique as the basis for performing contemporary as well as classical roles. He describes the challenging and…
241: Principal Dancers Ana Sophia Scheller and Angelo Greco
Jan 31 • 31 min
Ana and Angelo discuss their beginnings in ballet and their paths to San Francisco Ballet. They describe the challenges, technical and artistic, of dancing their roles of Aurora and Prince Desire in Helga Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty.
240: The Sleeping Beauty with Sasha de Sola
Jan 29 • 21 min
Principal Dancer Sasha De Sola discusses the role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. She reminisces about watching the ballet as a child and shares the joys and challenges of performing in this iconic role.
239: Season Overview with Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson
Jan 29 • 41 min
<p>Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson comments on the upcoming 85th Repertory Season, starting with an introduction to the Company’s new dancers. He describes what he looks for when hiring dancers and when promoting dancers from…
238: Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets, and Betsy Erickson
May 3, 2017 • 40 min
<p>Ballet Master Betsy Erickson and Principal Dancers Sarah Van Patten and Tiit Helmets speak with dance educator Mary Wood on preparing to dance Christopher Wheeldon&#39;s Cinderella©. What makes this ballet as thrilling for the artists to dance as it is…
237: Skyla Schreter
Apr 30, 2017 • 28 min
Corps de ballet member Skyla Schreter discusses Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella© and some of her favorite moments of SF Ballet’s 2017 Repertory Season.
236: George Elvin
Apr 28, 2017 • 29 min
George Elvin, is in his 40th season in the Wardrobe Department of the SF Ballet Company, and has announced his retirement following the 2017 Nutcracker season. He reminisces about highlights in his career, including the celebrations of the Company’s 50th…
235: Frances Chung
Apr 7, 2017 • 29 min
Frances Chung, who performs the iconic role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake for the first time this season, discusses the principal parts that have led her to this point in her career. She describes her preparation for this role, including studying…
234: Rubén Martín Cintas on Pas de Deux
Apr 5, 2017 • 27 min
<p>Dance Educator Mary Wood and Rubén Martín Cintas, former principal dancer who is currently ballet school faculty and pas de deux teacher, discuss the art of pas de deux. San Francisco Ballet School Trainees demonstrate the intricacies of partnering.…
233: Sofiane Sylve and Carlo Di Lanno
Mar 19, 2017 • 29 min
Principal Dancers Sofiane Sylve and Carlo Di Lanno discuss their experiences dancing Swan Lake, at San Francisco Ballet and at other companies, and share their thoughts on the nuances and challenges of the roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried in…
232: Katita Waldo
Mar 19, 2017 • 31 min
Ballet Master Katita Waldo, a dancer at San Francisco Ballet for 22 years (16 of them as a principal dancer), discusses Arthur Pita’s Salome, including her role as the chilling Herodias, the imaginative concept behind this dance-theater piece, and the…
231: Lauren Strongin
Mar 17, 2017 • 29 min
230: James Steichen, PhD and Martin West
Mar 15, 2017 • 46 min
<p>Contemporary music offers choreographers the chance to explore new sonic worlds and take audiences into new states of artistic consciousness. Musicologist Jim Stelchen and Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West discuss the strategies that…
229: Val Caniparoli
Mar 12, 2017 • 29 min
Renowned for his dramatic portrayals, Val Caniparoli, Principal Character Dancer, discusses the role of the Father in Balanchine’s Prodigal Son. He emphasizes the dramatic importance of “stillness” in conveying deep emotion, and he stresses how vital a…
228: Rufus Olivier
Mar 10, 2017 • 35 min
Rufus Olivier, Principal Bassoon Player in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, reminisces engagingly about his nearly 40 years with the Orchestra. He describes Program 4, the “Must-See Balanchine” works, as a “dream” for the bassoon, with featured parts…
227: Myles Thatcher
Mar 9, 2017 • 32 min
Rising-star choreographer Myles Thatcher, a member of SF Ballet’s corps de ballet, discusses his 2017 world premiere, Ghost in the Machine and what it takes to juggle a dual career. In discussing Ghost in the Machine, he talks about his inspiration,…
226: Thomas F. DeFrantz, PhD
Mar 8, 2017 • 44 min
<p>Thomas F. DeFrantz, dance researcher and Chair of African American Studies at Duke University, offers a history of the African-American presence in American ballet. Focusing on the historical moments that predicted a growing presence, DeFrantz…
225: Liam Scarlett
Feb 24, 2017 • 27 min
Choreographer Liam Scarlett mentions his early career as a choreographer, emphasizing the wide range of styles in his prolific catalogue of works. He speaks eloquently about the creation of the ballet, Frankenstein, from his first reading of the novel at…
224: Ellen Peel, PhD, “Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her ‘Hideous Progeny’”
Feb 22, 2017 • 35 min
<p>Litquake, the Bay Area&#39;s literary festival and San Francisco Ballet co-present Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her &quot;Hideous Progeny.&quot; Professor Ellen Peel from the Comparative and World Literature Department at SF State…
223: Max Cauthorn
Feb 19, 2017 • 29 min
Corps de Ballet member Max Cauthorn discusses his debut as Victor Frankenstein in Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein—a coup for such a young dancer. He touches on his feelings after performing the role for the first time, the nuances of characterization, and…
222: Luke Ingham
Feb 5, 2017 • 28 min
Principal Dancer Luke Ingham discusses his role in Yuri Possokhov’s 2017 world premiere, Optimistic Tragedy, and the process of bringing this ballet to the stage; the demands of rehearsing multiple ballets simultaneously; the makeup and costuming for the…
221: Julia Rowe
Feb 3, 2017 • 29 min
Soloist Julia Rowe begins by describing the responsibilities and challenges of her new status as a Soloist. She is enthusiastic about participating in the creation of new works, joining in the creative process with the choreographer. She is eloquent about…
220: Anita Paciotti and Christopher Dennis
Feb 1, 2017 • 45 min
<p>How do production elements contribute to the overall look and feel of ballets? Dance Educator Mary Wood in conversation with Ballet Master Anita Paciotti, Production Director and Lighting Designer Christopher Dennis discuss Yuri Possokov&#39;s world…
219: Sasha De Sola
Jan 29, 2017 • 28 min
In this interview, Principal Dancer Sasha de Sola talks about the pure joy of dance. She describes how it feels to perform the lead female role in Haffner Symphony and how wearing a tutu affects her dancing. Sasha also addresses some common misconceptions…
218: Jennifer Stahl
Jan 27, 2017 • 29 min
Soloist Jennifer Stahl discusses her range of roles as a soloist, including the anecdote about receiving her promotion at the cast party following the premier of Yuri Possokhov’s Rite of Spring in 2013. She describes the process of creating the world…
217: Claudia LaRocco
Jan 25, 2017 • 40 min
<p>In the five years since Jennifer Homans predicted ballet’s eminent demise in her history &quot;Apollo’s Angels&quot;, we have seen the rise of a new crop of choreographers—all of them young, and many of them American. Chief among these artists is…
216: Patti Fitzpatrick
May 8, 2016 • 27 min
Patti Fitzpatrick, Interim Head of Women’s Wardrobe, describes the inner workings of the Wardrobe department. In her engaging manner, she reviews her early career as an ice skater and building her own costumes as preparation for this work. She uses a…
215: Ricardo Bustamante
May 6, 2016 • 32 min
Ricardo Bustamante, Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director, discusses his role as one of the Ballet Masters for John Cranko’s Onegin. Bustamante shares with the audience what to listen to in the music, what to look for in the choreography…
214: Patrick Armand and Betsy Erickson
May 4, 2016 • 43 min
<p>Patrick Armand, Associate Director of the SF Ballet School, begins by describing the rigorous curriculum in the School, which is designed to prepare students for professional careers. A former gold medal winner of the Prix de Lausanne, he discusses the…
213: Martin West
May 1, 2016 • 24 min
Meet the Orchestra - Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West discusses the music of Cranko's Onegin with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra providing commentary and musical accompaniment.
212: Mathilde Froustey
Apr 17, 2016 • 30 min
Principal Dancer Mathilde Froustey, in her third season with the Company, discusses learning and dancing George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and the challenges of Balanchine in general; her role in Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas and what she has…
211: James Sofranko
Apr 15, 2016 • 30 min
Cheryl A. Ossola, SF Ballet writer and Dance Studio Life magazine editor in chief, interviews Soloist James Sofranko. Soloist James Sofranko discusses his roles in Justin Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings (and the injury that kept him from performing it)…
210: Joan Boada
Apr 10, 2016 • 26 min
Artistic Administrator Caroline Giese interviews Principal Dancer Joan Boada.
209: Henry Sidford
Apr 8, 2016 • 29 min
Henry Sidford discusses his training in the SF Ballet School, his experience at Prix de Lausanne when he was a SF Ballet School Trainee, and his journey as a dancer in the Company. He also talks about the process of learning and performing works in…
208: Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD on Alexei Ratmansky’s “Seven Sonatas”
Apr 6, 2016 • 36 min
<p>Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas joins the SF Ballet rep this season. Carrie Gaiser Casey, SF Ballet resident scholar, places this work in the arc of Ratmansky’s career and discusses the choreographic features of this ballet. </p>
207: Pascal Molat
Mar 20, 2016 • 32 min
Cheryl A. Ossola, SF Ballet writer and Dance Studio Life magazine editor in chief, interviews Principal Dancer Pascal Molat. Principal Dancer Pascal Molat, who is retiring this season, discusses his role in Yuri Possokhov’s Swimmer and his years of…
206: Lauren Strongin
Mar 18, 2016 • 27 min
The audience is given the opportunity to “Meet” the artist, soloist Lauren Strongin, who is enjoying her first season with the Company. Lauren describes her training and early career, emphasizing the value of receiving a firm classical background at the…
205: Kate Duhamel and Anita Paciotti
Mar 16, 2016 • 47 min
<p>Video Designer Kate Duhamel joins Ballet Master Anita Paciotti in a discussion of Swimmer, created by choreographer in residence, Yuri Possokhov for the 2015 season. Kate provides background to illustrate her career, and she explains the process while…
204: Frances Chung
Mar 13, 2016 • 29 min
Director of Education and Training Andrea Yannone in conversation with Principal Dancer Frances Chung. Frances is reprising the role of Swanilda in these performances of Coppélia, and the conversation centers around her early training, career at SF…
203: Dores André
Mar 11, 2016 • 30 min
Principal Dancer, Dores André, begins by describing her classically based training and her years spent in the corps de ballet, which she declares “harder than being a principal dancer”. She points to dancing Juliet in Tomasson’s full-length production of…
202: Patrick Armand, Jeffrey Lyons, and Andrea Yannone
Mar 9, 2016 • 43 min
<p>San Francisco Ballet Company and School share the same building, just across the street from the Opera House. There, our students train in the same studios as our professional dancers, and they have the wonderful opportunity to see the professional…
201: Christopher Dennis
Feb 28, 2016 • 29 min
Jennifer and Christopher discuss the role of the production director in the day-to-day as well as in the process of remounting a large-scale ballet such as Swan Lake. They discuss how changes may be made to a production for artistic reasons or due to…
200: Luke Ingham
Feb 26, 2016 • 28 min
Principal Dancer Luke Ingham discusses his professional path from his native Australia to the San Francisco Ballet stage; making his debut as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake; the personal rewards of dancing full-length classical ballets; how he got started…
199: Sasha De Sola and Rubén Martin Cintas
Feb 24, 2016 • 46 min
<p>Rubén Martin Cintas, former Principal Dancer now Principal Character Dancer and SF Ballet School faculty member, joined by Soloist Sasha De Sola, each speak about the importance of a classical foundation which prepares a dancer’s body to perform all…
198: Cordula Merks
Feb 21, 2016 • 27 min
German violinist Cordula Merks is the new concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and she started her tenure with the orchestra with the December 2015 Nutcracker performances. Andi and Cordula discussed her path to the SFB Orchestra and her…
197: Debra Sowell, PhD
Feb 19, 2016 • 28 min
Visiting Scholar, Debra H. Sowell, PhD, offers a lively description of America’s first full-length Swan Lake, produced by the San Francisco Ballet in 1940, and choreographed by Artistic Director, Willam Christensen. She begins by describing the role of a…
196: Jennifer Stahl
Feb 5, 2016 • 32 min
Soloist Jennifer Stahl discusses working with choreographer William Forsythe during rehearsals for Pas/Parts 2016—an unusual process of learning and relearning and working beyond perceived limits—and how the experience influenced her as a dancer. She also…
195: Sofiane Syle and Katita Waldo
Feb 3, 2016 • 43 min
<p>Principal Dancer Sofiane Sylve, who has a working relationship with choreographer William Forsythe going back to her earliest days as a performer at the Dutch National Ballet, speaks eloquently about the challenges and pleasures of interpreting his…
194: Tina LeBlanc
Jan 31, 2016 • 29 min
In her current role as as a member of the faculty at the San Francisco Ballet School, former SF Ballet principal dancer Tina LeBlanc talks about what’s important to her as a teacher. She discusses the benefits of ballet training, how to motivate young…
193: Liam Scarlett
Jan 29, 2016 • 28 min
Choreographer Liam Scarlett is a vivid spokesperson for the art form, and he describes the choreographic process with eloquence. He reviews his evolution as a choreographer and talks about how greatly he values the relationship of trust he develops with…
192: Lorena Feijoo and Felipe Diaz
Jan 27, 2016 • 44 min
<p>Principal Dancer, Lorena Feijoo, and Ballet Master, Felipe Diaz, discuss the experience of creating the new work by choreographer, Liam Scarlett, Fearful Symmetries. Felipe speaks of how his role as Ballet Master is informed by his experience as a…
191: Patrick Armand
May 10, 2015 • 31 min
San Francisco Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand discusses growing up in his mother’s ballet school, his transition from student to professional dancer, his work with Rudolf Nureyev, and dancers and teachers who made an impact on him. Also…
190: Debra Bernard
May 8, 2015 • 31 min
Debra Bernard discusses her role as San Francisco Ballet’s general manager and how her various roles in the ballet and opera worlds helped prepare her for it. She talks about the logistical challenges of such Company endeavors as co-productions and…
189: Martino Pistone
May 6, 2015 • 49 min
<p>In collaboration with Helgi Tomasson, Martino Pistone choreographed the exciting sword-fighting scenes in Tomasson’s Romeo &amp; Juliet. Join Dance Educator Mary Wood to learn how the artists of SF Ballet learn and execute these thrilling scenes, as…
188: Norika Matsuyama
May 3, 2015 • 25 min
Director of Education and Training Andrea Yannone interviews Corps de Ballet Dancer Norika Matsuyama.
187: Julia Rowe
May 1, 2015 • 27 min
Dancer Julia Rowe, in her second season as a member of the corps de ballet, speaks about her solid training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She credits that for her success in performing a number of particularly challenging featured roles,…
186: David LaMarche
Apr 19, 2015 • 28 min
Guest conductor David LaMarche discusses his experiences in working with Alexei Ratmansky to bring Shostakovich Trilogy to the stage at ABT and the particulars about conducting this score. In addition, LaMarche talks about his unconventional path to…
185: Martin West
Apr 17, 2015 • 27 min
Martin West, Music Director and Principal Conductor speaks with eloquence and enthusiasm about the composer Shostakovich, his training and his formation in Soviet Russia. He discusses the complexity of the 3 works on this program, highlighting how…
184: Yuri Possokhov and Shinji Eshima on “Swimmer”
Apr 15, 2015 • 46 min
<p>Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra Member and Composer Shinji Eshima about the making of Possokhov’s new ballet Swimmer.</p>
183: Kate Duhamel
Apr 12, 2015 • 30 min
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Kate Duhamel Film Maker and Video Designer for Swimmer.
182: Sarah Van Patten
Apr 10, 2015 • 29 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten.
181: Janice Ross, PhD
Apr 8, 2015 • 40 min
<p>Stanford dance historian Janice Ross—author of Like a Bomb Going Off, a new book focusing on Soviet ballet during the Stalinist era—explores the fascinating and dangerous intersections between politics and ballet in Soviet Russia. </p>
180: Betsy Erickson
Mar 29, 2015 • 23 min
Founder of St. Mary's College of California LEAP Program Claire Sheridan interviews Ballet Master Betsy Erickson.
179: Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD, “Fans, Fandangos, and Fouettés: An Appreciation of Don Quixote”
Mar 25, 2015 • 43 min
<p>Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD playfully examines the history, choreography, and comedy that make this ballet so compelling for audiences past and present.</p>
178: Anita Paciotti
Mar 22, 2015 • 25 min
Lean Ops Project Manager Jennifer Kovacevich interviews Ballet Master and Principal Character Dancer Anita Paciotti.
177: Christopher Stowell
Mar 20, 2015 • 28 min
Christopher Stowell, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master, brings the audience up to date on his career since retiring from SFB in 2001 after 16 years as a dancer. He places himself in the company’s heritage as the son of a former SFB…
176: Pascal Molat
Mar 8, 2015 • 26 min
Artistic Administrator Caroline Giese interviews Principal Dancer Pascal Molat.
175: James Sofranko
Mar 6, 2015 • 30 min
Soloist James Sofranko reflects on the trajectory of his career, which includes a degree from the Juilliard Conservatory, and significant training in dance disciplines outside of ballet. He cites this broad background while reviewing the range of roles in…
174: Helgi Tomasson on his 30th Season at SF Ballet
Mar 4, 2015 • 43 min
<p>Celebrating his 30th season as Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of SFB, Helgi Tomasson reflects with warmth and humor on his “discovery” by Jerome Robbins, and subsequent mentorship by the great 20th century choreographer. He includes…
173: Mathilde Froustey
Mar 1, 2015 • 26 min
In 2013, Ms. Froustey left the Paris Opera Ballet to join SFB. In this interview, she discusses what she has learned since then—about dance and about herself. She describes the can-do spirit of this diverse American company and reflects on her sources of…
172: Myles Thatcher
Feb 27, 2015 • 28 min
As he reflects on Manifesto, his first commission for the San Francisco Ballet, Myles Thatcher speaks about being a choreographer, as he reviews his career to date. He views his continuing roll as a dancer in the corps de ballet as important to his…
171: Rebecca Groves, “William Forsythe’s Ballets about Ballet”
Feb 25, 2015 • 42 min
<p>Performance scholar Rebecca Groves, formerly Dramaturg of the Ballett Frankfurt and Executive Director of the Forsythe Foundation, discusses The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and how it takes up ballet as its subject matter — empowering dancers,…
170: Dores André
Feb 8, 2015 • 30 min
Soloist Dores André discusses her debut as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, and dancing other roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Solo Wili, pas de cinq, flying wili). She also talks about her early training in Spain with Lola de Avila (Assistant to Mr. Tomasson for…
169: Lauren Parrott
Feb 6, 2015 • 28 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Corps de Ballet Member and Flying Wili Lauren Parrott.
168: Frances Chung and Joanna Berman
Feb 4, 2015 • 46 min
<p>Former SFB principal dancer Joanna Berman reminisces about interpreting the role of Giselle, including her feelings about the challenges to be found in the 2 contrasting acts. She reveals how poignant she found the experience of performing this role…
167: Tiit Helimets
Feb 1, 2015 • 29 min
Tiit discusses dancing both male principal roles in Balanchine’s Serenade; some of the differences between Serenade and another Balanchine ballet in this season’s repertory, The Four Temperaments; and how his approach to the role of Albrecht in Giselle…
166: Joseph Walsh
Jan 30, 2015 • 28 min
Joseph Walsh, promoted from Soloist to Principal Artist within his first year with the Company, introduces himself to the San Francisco audience. He recounts his early training, and the successful beginnings of his career with the Houston Ballet. He…
165: Val Caniparoli, Naomi Diouf, and Betsy Erickson discuss “Lambarena”
Jan 28, 2015 • 43 min
<p>This season we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Val Caniparoli’s joyous audience favorite, Lambarena. Dance educator Mary Wood discusses the making of Lambarena with Caniparoli, Ballet Master Betsy Erickson, and African dance master Naomi Diouf.</p>
164: Rubén Martín Cintas
May 11, 2014 • 30 min
Rubén Martín Cintas discusses his retirement as a dancer and reflects on highlights of his career. Ruben also talks about his new career as a ballet teacher with the San Francisco Ballet School.
163: Luke Willis
May 9, 2014 • 30 min
Luke Willis, a member of the corps de ballet since 2007, gives a passionate description of the roles he has performed and his enthusiasm for taking part in the creative process of choreography. He offers a lively insight into being part of the ensemble in…
162: Principal Dancer Damian Smith
May 7, 2014 • 48 min
<p>Principal Dancer, Damian Smith, reminisces about his 18-year career with San Francisco Ballet. He speaks eloquently about his partnership with Yuan Yuan Tan; about preparing the wide variety of character roles he performed—elaborating about how he…
161: Martin West
May 4, 2014 • 31 min
Martin West discusses his childhood start in music, his studies in music and mathematics, and his “sink-or-swim” debut as a ballet orchestra conductor at English National Ballet. Also included are his conducting teacher’s connection to Dmitri…
160: Ricardo Bustamante
May 2, 2014 • 30 min
Ricardo Bustamante, Ballet Master and Assistant to the Director, provides an enthusiastic review of the season, reviewing the importance of the company’s 2-week residency at the New York Center for the Performing Arts in the Fall of 2013. He offers…
159: Elyse Borne
May 1, 2014 • 30 min
Elyse Borne, a former dancer with New York City Ballet and a former ballet master at SF Ballet, discusses the role of a stager and the methods used to ensure that a restaged work is as close to the choreographer’s original intent as possible. She touches…
158: Val Caniparoli, Liam Scarlett, and Myles Thatcher Discuss Choreography
Apr 30, 2014 • 46 min
<p>Choreographers Val Caniparoli, Liam Scarlett, and Myles Thatcher discuss their craft with dance scholar Carrie Gaiser Casey. Topics include their influences, challenges, and inspirations, and discussions of works such as Lambarena (Caniparoli),…
157: John Macfarlane and David Finn
Apr 29, 2014 • 29 min
Scenic & Costume Designer, John Macfarlane, and Lighting Designer, David Finn discuss the creation of Hummingbird, choreographed by Liam Scarlett, on the eve of its premiere. Their long-standing collaboration provides the opportunity for them to elaborate…
156: James Sofranko
Apr 13, 2014 • 28 min
Former Board Relations Manager Jennifer French Kovacevich interviews Soloist James Sofranko.
155: Esteban Hernandez
Apr 12, 2014 • 26 min
Esteban Hernandez, a member of the corps de ballet since 2013, discusses his first year at SF Ballet and performing in Johan Kobborg’s Les Lutins at the 2014 Opening Night Gala and the male variation from Le Crosaire at the “Get in Front” performance. He…
154: Roy Malan
Apr 11, 2014 • 30 min
Roy Malan, Concert Master with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since its inaugural season 40 years ago, reminisces about the challenges and high points of this significant career. Facing retirement at the end of the 2014 repertory season, he discusses…
153: Dr. Stephanie Jordan, “Meeting Beethoven: Mark Morris and Maelstrom”
Apr 9, 2014 • 46 min
<p>SF Ballet Visiting Scholar Dr. Stephanie Jordan presents “Meeting Beethoven: Mark Morris and Maelstrom.” What happens when you make a ballet out of Beethoven’s so-called “Ghost” Trio? In Maelstrom, Morris responds to a model of large musical form while…
152: Dr. Stephanie Jordan
Apr 6, 2014 • 32 min
Dr. Stephanie Jordan, considered one of the best researchers and thinkers on the relationship between dance and music, discusses her path to this unusual scholarly role and how we can better understand the ways in which the two arts forms intersect. Using…
151: Nancy Raffa on Alexei Ratmansky’s “Shostakovich Trilogy”
Apr 2, 2014 • 45 min
<p>ABT Ballet Mistress and Répétiteur Nancy Raffa traces the process of creating Alexei Ratmansky&#39;s &quot;Shostakovich Trilogy,&quot; citing her long association with choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. She describes how the life of composer Dmitri…
150: George Elvin
Mar 23, 2014 • 30 min
George Elvin has spent 37 years at San Francisco Ballet, working his way up from a dresser for Nutcracker. Now he manages the wardrobe department’s day-to-day operations of the, deals with the budget, oversees rentals, and handles the men’s costumes. In…
149: Dores Andre
Mar 16, 2014 • 23 min
San Francisco Ballet soloist Dores Andre dances three different roles in the ballet Cinderella: the Stepsister Clementine, the Spirit of Spring, and the Spanish Princess. In this interview, she discusses how she portrays each of these characters and…
148: Christopher Dennis
Mar 14, 2014 • 26 min
Chris Dennis talks about the role of a production director and his work as a lighting designer, specifically for Helgi Tomasson’s new ballet Caprice. Chris gives insight into the design process of a new work and discusses the technical changes that are…
147: Martin West and Michael McGraw
Mar 12, 2014 • 45 min
<p>The melodic, atmospheric Prokofiev score that drives Cinderella is the subject of this discussion, led by SF Ballet Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West, accompanied by Company Pianist Michael McGraw and hosted by dance educator Mary…
146: Sarah Van Patten
Mar 11, 2014 • 29 min
Principal dancer Sarah Van Patten spoke about learning the lead role of Cinderella when choreographer Christopher Wheeldon created the work in 2012-13. Her long-time relationship with Wheeldon, appearing in virtually all of his works in the SF Ballet…
145: Martin West
Mar 2, 2014 • 28 min
Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West introduces "Meet the Music and Musicians" - an exploration of Stravinsky's Firebird with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
144: Lorena Feijoo
Feb 23, 2014 • 31 min
Lorena Feijoo discusses her experiences in creating a principal role in Val Caniparoli’s world premiere Tears, including a collaborative rehearsal process that included improvisation and the challenges of working with Steve Reich’s minimalist music. Also…
143: Pascal Molat
Feb 21, 2014 • 28 min
During the run of Programs 2 and 3, Pascal Molat discusses dancing in Alexei Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Wayne McGregor’s Borderlands, and Yuri Possohkov’s Firebird. Molat, who created roles in all three ballets, talks about the creative processes of…
142: Katita Waldo
Feb 20, 2014 • 30 min
Ballet Master Katita Waldo described the preparation of The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, Act II, and in particular, her work with the corps de ballet. She discussed the impact on both principals and corps of working with legendary ballerina,…
141: Val Caniparoli
Feb 19, 2014 • 45 min
<p>Choreographer Val Caniparoli spoke eloquently about his development as a choreographer, from his early years as a student and young dancer to his work in myriad companies around the world. He offered heartfelt advice to emerging choreographers, urging…
140: Rubén Martín Cintas
Feb 18, 2014 • 29 min
Principal dancer Rubén Martín Cintas entertained the audience in a wide-ranging conversation that included discussion of his long career as a dancer, his emerging career as a teacher, and his work with the company’s varied choreographers. He offered…
139: Yuan Yuan Tan
Feb 13, 2014 • 30 min
At The Hamburg Ballet’s request during its run of John Neuemeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Principal Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan talks about her experiences working with artistic director Neumeier. Tan, who danced the title role in the U.S. premiere of…
138: Lloyd Riggins
Feb 12, 2014 • 28 min
Lloyd Riggins, principal dancer and ballet master with the Hamburg Ballet, related the journey of his career from its beginnings in Florida, USA, to Europe and eventually to the Hamburg Ballet, and he observed some differences in training and style…
137: Sasha De Sola
Feb 2, 2014 • 29 min
Soloist Sasha De Sola talks about her love for the classics, the fine points of dancing Giselle’s Romantic style of classicism, and her surprise promotion to soloist in 2012 while on tour in London, the challenges of touring, her development as an artist,…
136: Anita Paciotti on “Giselle”
Jan 29, 2014 • 41 min
<p>In her role as Ballet Master, Anita Paciotti spoke about Alexei Ratmansky&#39;s Shostakovich Trilogy to receive its west-coast premiere on Program 5, emphasizing the wide variety to be found in the music. In the discussion about the ballet Giselle,…
134: Jennifer Stahl
Jan 26, 2014 • 24 min
Soloist Jennifer Stahl discusses the magic of the ballet Giselle. She talks about the art of dancing in the corps as a wili, and offers her thoughts about performing the role of Myrtha. Jennifer also gives us some behind-the-scenes information about how…
135: Frances Chung
Jan 26, 2014 • 29 min
Soloist Jennifer Stahl discusses the magic of the ballet Giselle. She talks about the art of dancing in the corps as a wili, and offers her thoughts about performing the role of Myrtha. Jennifer also gives us some behind-the-scenes information about how…
133: Helgi Tomasson
Jan 25, 2014 • 31 min
Helgi Tomasson created his production of Giselle in 1999, basing on the historic Petipa production. He discusses his personal history with the ballet, from the four productions in which he danced the role of Albrecht to his own approach, influenced by his…
132: Helgi Tomasson
May 12, 2013 • 31 min
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson.
131: Patti Fitzpatrick and Frank Morales
May 11, 2013 • 27 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Costume Supervisor Patti Fitzpatrick and Frank Morales Acting Costume Production Coordinator.
130: Damian Smith
May 10, 2013 • 28 min
Assistant to the Senior Executive Staff Caroline Giese interviews Principal Dancer Damian Smith.
129: Anita Paciotti and Felipe Diaz
May 8, 2013 • 62 min
<p>The SF Ballet premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length Cinderella provides us with the opportunity to enjoy a fresh interpretation of the iconic story, set to the familiar Prokofiev score. Ballet Masters Anita Paciotti and Felipe Diaz will…
128: Christopher Wheeldon
May 5, 2013 • 26 min
Board Relations Manager Jennifer French Kovacevich interviews Cinderella choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
127: Rubén Martín Cintas
May 3, 2013 • 28 min
Director of Education Charles McNeal interviews Principal Dancer Ruben Martin Cintas.
126: Pierre-François Vilanoba
Apr 21, 2013 • 30 min
On the day of his last performance before retiring, Principal Dancer Pierre-François Vilanoba looks back on his 23-year career with Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. He talks about his entry into ballet, how his perspective on dance has changed…
125: Tiit Helimets
Apr 20, 2013 • 30 min
Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets discusses his roles in Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Edwaard Liang’s Symphonic Dances; his ongoing ties to his native country, Estonia; and his entrepreneurial endeavors, including a tour to Estonia with a small troupe…
124: Shane Wuerthner
Apr 19, 2013 • 31 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Soloist Shane Wuerthner.
123: Katita Waldo, Garen Price Scribner, and Charlene Cohen
Apr 17, 2013 • 60 min
<p>The repertoire for this program—George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, Helgi Tomasson’s Criss-Cross, and Yuri Possokov’s Francesca da Rimini, represents three generations of choreographers. Ballet Master Katita Waldo, who has performed in…
122: Martin West
Apr 14, 2013 • 30 min
Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West introduces 'Meet the Music and Musicians' - an exploration of Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
121: Clara Blanco
Apr 12, 2013 • 28 min
Director of Education Charles McNeal interviews Soloist Clara Blanco.
120: Frances Chung
Apr 11, 2013 • 29 min
Principal Dancer Frances Chung discusses her Nutcracker-season promotion to principal dancer in 2009, the physical and emotional demands of dancing the title role in Francesca da Rimini, and what it’s like to take on a role created on former principal…
119: Val Caniparoli on “Ibsen’s House”
Apr 10, 2013 • 58 min
<p>Val Caniparoli discusses his fascination with the development of complex characters, as portrayed in Ibsen’s House, his most recent work created for SF Ballet. He will provide insight into the challenges of being a prolific freelance choreographer,…
118: Bruce Sansom
Apr 9, 2013 • 31 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Guest Répétiteur Bruce Sansom.
117: Tim Scholl, Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College
Mar 27, 2013 • 50 min
<p>John Cranko’s Onegin, based on Russia’s beloved novel, returns by popular demand! SF Ballet’s 2013 Visiting Scholar Tim Scholl, Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College and an author and scholar in the history of dance in…
116: Tim Scholl, PhD
Mar 24, 2013 • 29 min
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studo Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews SF Ballet's 2013 Visiting Scholar Professor Tim Scholl.
115: Ricardo Bustamante and Jane Bourne
Mar 22, 2013 • 28 min
Director of Education Charles McNeal interviews Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director Ricardo Bustamante and Choreologist and Repetiteur of Cranko Ballets Jane Bourne.
114: Jane Bourne
Mar 21, 2013 • 29 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Choreologist and Repetiteur of Cranko Ballets Jane Bourne.
113: Sasha De Sola and Betsy Erickson
Mar 6, 2013 • 58 min
<p>this program of contrasting works. Soloist Sasha De Sola joins Ballet Master Betsy Erickson who offers her perspective of this ballet, and brings her long experience with the Company to the discussion of Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour and…
112: Episode 25: Martin West, Music Director, on “The Rite of Spring”
Feb 27, 2013 • 46 min
<p>The centerpiece of the program is the world premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring, set to Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary 1913 score—music that has inspired and challenged a wealth of prominent choreographers and dancers. Musicologist Susan…
111: Debra Bernard
Feb 15, 2013 • 30 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews General Manager Debra Bernard.
110: John Neumeier, Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of The Hamburg Ballet, on “Nijinsky”
Feb 13, 2013 • 55 min
<p>SF Ballet is proud to present Hamburg Ballet in Nijinsky, created by Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of The Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier. Mr. Neumeier will join us for a discussion of this provocative retrospective of the great dancer&#39;s…
109: Anita Paciotti
Feb 3, 2013 • 26 min
Founder of St. Mary’s College of California Leap Program Claire Sheridan interviews Ballet Master Anita Paciotti.
108: Maina Gielgud
Feb 1, 2013 • 32 min
Former dancer and artistic director Maina Gielgud discusses the unique place of Suite en Blanc in ballet history, as well as its lifelong presence in her own dance career, as a dancer, artistic director, and stager. Included in the discussion are the…
107: Maina Gielgud
Jan 30, 2013 • 57 min
<p>The 80th Season’s opening program includes the San Francisco Ballet premiere of Serge Lifar’s groundbreaking Suite en Blanc. English dancer and former director of the Australian Ballet, Maina Gielgud has staged the work for SF Ballet. Gielgud brings…
106: Wayne McGregor, Lucy Carter, Joel Cadbury, and Paul Stoney
Jan 29, 2013 • 29 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Borderlands Choreographer Wayne McGregor, Scenic Designer Lucy Carter and Composers Joel Cadbury and Paul Stoney
102: Jane Green
Jun 5, 2012 • 19 min
Claire Sheridan, Founder of the LEAP Program at Saint Mary's College, interviews Jane Green, the Stage Manager for the San Francisco Ballet Jane describes her role as stage manager for SFB's performances in the Opera House, as well as when the company…
105: Frances Chung
Jun 5, 2012 • 27 min
Frances Chung, named a principal dancer in 2009, discusses the challenges and pleasures of performing the role of Kitri in the full-length Don Quixote for the first time this season. She reminisces about her arrival at SFB as a very young dancer, after…
104: Patti Fitzpatrick
Jun 5, 2012 • 29 min
Patti describes the process of creating the new costumes for Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote and explains the role of SF Ballet’s wardrobe department in preparing the costumes for performances. She also describes her preparations for the…
103: Luke Willis
Jun 5, 2012 • 28 min
Luke Willis discusses his unique start in ballet, and muses on his life and career in dance. He considers the pitfalls and the perks of being a professional dancer. The topics range from his take on the critical importance of social media in the arts…
101: Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Technical Director Christopher Dennis
May 16, 2012 • 57 min
<p>Don Quixote is well-known as a rollicking comedy packed with virtuoso dance. We will hear from Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Technical Director Christopher Dennis about the process of bringing San Francisco Ballet new…
100: Carrie Gaiser Casey, Ph.D. and Visiting Scholar Dr. Beth Genné, Ph.D.
Apr 23, 2012 • 58 min
<p>In this program, San Francisco Ballet performs three works by 20th century choreographic giant George Balanchine and focuses on the variety of his output, from the classic and traditional Divertimento #15, through a revival of the romantic Scotch…
99: Episode 19: Alana Altman and Ricardo Bustamante
Apr 23, 2012 • 58 min
<p>The company shows off its versatility performing the lush classicism of Rudolph Nureyev’s Raymonda Act III, the wrenching drama of Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU, and the contemporary creation of Ashley Page’s world premiere Guide to Strange Places. Assistant…
98: Katita Waldo
Apr 23, 2012 • 60 min
<p>This program features Symphonic Dances a world premier by emerging choreographer Edwaard Liang. Ballet Master Katita Waldo shares how a choreographer takes a work from conception to production. Also on the program is Helgi Tomasson’s The Fifth Season…
95: Garen Price Scribner
Apr 23, 2012 • 30 min
The interview begins with a look at Program 7, an all-Balanchine evening. Soloist Garen Scribner discusses his roles in The Four Temperaments and his work on Scotch Symphony as a student at North Carolina School of the Arts, where he trained with former…
96: Pascal Molat
Apr 23, 2012 • 28 min
Pascal Molat discusses his diverse and challenging roles - ranging from the comedic role of Sancho Panza in Don Quixote to the sullen and pensive Poet in The Little Mermaid. Molat also talks about the importance of mentoring young dancers as he considers…
97: Dr. Beth Genné
Apr 23, 2012 • 29 min
Professor Genné discusses the life of choreographer George Balanchine and his importance to the development of American Ballet. She describes his influences and inspirations as well as themes that emerge in his works before discussing in turn each of the…
93: Courtney Elizabeth
Apr 11, 2012 • 30 min
In her seven years with the Company before she became a soloist, Courtney Elizabeth danced many soloist and principal roles. She discusses her transition from a San Francisco Ballet School student watching performances in standing room, to a corps de…
92: Ricardo Bustamante
Apr 11, 2012 • 29 min
Ballet Master Ricardo Bustamante describes his role in working with a choreographer or stager in teaching a ballet to the Company and rehearsing it later on his own. He talks specifically about his work with Ashley Page in creating the Program 6 world…
89: Damian Smith
Apr 11, 2012 • 30 min
Principal Dancer Damian Smith discusses dancing Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, including his approach to the character, learning to sword fight, and the nuances of working with various Romeos over the years. He talks at length about the 2010 tour to Australia…
91: Ashley Page
Apr 11, 2012 • 26 min
Ashley Page talks about the world premiere of his newly commissioned work, Guide to Strange Places. Page reveals his motivation and inspiration for this ballet, and distills his unique approach to the creative process. He discusses the intricate process…
88: Sarah Van Patten and Pierre Francois Villanoba
Apr 11, 2012 • 29 min
Principal dancers Sarah Van Patten and Pierre Francois Villanoba described their growth in the title roles of Romeo & Juliet. They referenced their experiences of the ballet prior to performing Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson's version. Pierre Francois…
94: Daniel Deivison-Oliveira
Apr 11, 2012 • 29 min
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90: Martino (Marty) Pistone
Apr 11, 2012 • 25 min
Fight Director Martino (Marty) Pistone describes the creation of the sword fights and other stage combat in Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo and Juliet. He discusses the styles of fencing and the weapons used, as well as the process of teaching dancers the fight…
85: Vito Mazzeo
Feb 28, 2012 • 27 min
Principal Dancer Vito Mazzeo danced in five of six ballets in Programs 2 and 3, and in this interview he goes into detail about rehearsing and performing Yuri Possokhov’s Francesa da Rimini, Helgi Tomasson’s Trio, and Mark Morris’ Beaux. After explaining…
83: Dana Genshaft
Feb 28, 2012 • 29 min
Dana describes her ballet training at three very different schools prior to her arrival at SF Ballet in 2000. She discusses her role in Helgi Tomasson’s Trio and describes what it is like to work with Helgi in the studio. She also talks about the…
87: Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz
Feb 28, 2012 • 29 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Principal Dancers Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz
84: Ruben Martin Cintas
Feb 28, 2012 • 27 min
Ruben talks about why he likes his job, what it feels like to dance in contemporary works like Christopher Wheeldon's Number Nine and Morris' Beaux, and how he likes to spend his time when he's not dancing. He also describes how he sees the character of…
86: Francisco Mungamba
Feb 28, 2012 • 28 min
Mr. Mc Neal and Mungamba discuss Francisco’s auspicious beginnings in his native Spain, and his transition to the San Francisco Ballet School. Mungamba further discusses his ascent from the school to the Company, a journey that includes his successful…
82: Tiit Helimets
Feb 28, 2012 • 22 min
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets
78: Martin West, Music Director and Principal Conductor
Feb 27, 2012 • 58 min
<p>The wealth of varied music in our repertoire contributes significantly to its impact. We will explore this through the eyes of Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West as we discuss Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov’s newest ballet…
79: Glenn McCoy and Judy Flannery
Feb 27, 2012 • 61 min
<p>As we wrap up the season, we revisit John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, a heart-wrenching story of sacrifice and unrequited love told through dance and drama and hear from Executive Director Glenn McCoy and Media Consultant and Producer Judy Flannery…
81: Betsy Erickson, Gennadi Nedvigin, and Megan Williams
Feb 27, 2012 • 58 min
<p>Prominent choreographer Mark Morris creates his 8th world premier Beaux for San Francisco Ballet. Ballet Master Betsy Erickson, Principal Dancer Gennadi Nedvigin, and Megan Williams Repetiteur for Mark Morris offer insights into the production of this…
80: Bruce Sansom, Ricardo Bustamante, Anita Paciotti
Feb 27, 2012 • 61 min
<p>John Cranko’s Onegin opens the season and Assistants to the Artistic Director and Ballet Masters Bruce Sansom and Ricardo Bustamante along with Ballet Master Anita Paciotti, review the season and discuss the challenges and rewards of dancing…
77: Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba.
Feb 1, 2012 • 28 min
Charles Chip Mc Neal, SF Ballet Director of Education interviews Principal Dancers, Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba.Charles Mc Neal and his guests discuss the new SF Ballet production of John Cranko’s ballet, Onegin. Van Patten and Vilanoba…
76: Katita Waldo and Pascal Molat
Feb 1, 2012 • 28 min
Cheryl A. Ossola, SF Ballet writer and Dance Studio Life magazine editor in chief, interviews Ballet Master Katita Waldo and Principal Dancer Pascal Molat. After Cheryl offers a brief overview of Onegin’s history, Katita and Pascal discuss what makes…
74: Martin West
Jun 20, 2011 • 30 min
Education Director Charles Mc Neal interviews Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West. Mc Neal and West discuss the provocative and evocative music of Lera Auerbach who was commissioned for The Little Mermaid. West then talks about the…
75: Debra Bernard
Jun 20, 2011 • 28 min
Planned Giving Manager Allison Groves interviews General Manager Debra Bernard. Allison and Debra discuss the logistics of presenting Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid at SF Ballet and the recent filming that will bring the production to television and DVD.…
73: Jennifer Stahl and Gaetano Amico III
May 6, 2011 • 58 min
<p>The acclaimed ballet Chroma, created by contemporary British choreographer Wayne McGregor, inspires a discussion about the edgy and challenging movement vocabulary SF Ballet dancers must master. Corps de Ballet Dancers Jennifer Stahl and Gaetano Amico…
72: Tiit Helimets
May 6, 2011 • 25 min
Founder of St. Mary's College of California LEAP Program Claire Sheridan interviews Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets
71: Christopher Dennis, Production Director
Apr 21, 2011 • 60 min
<p>Technical Director Christopher Dennis begins by describing his journey from being a student of theater to his current position overseeing the technical aspects of all SFB productions. Through a discussion of the season's varied repertoire, he…
70: Madison Keesler
Apr 21, 2011 • 27 min
Madison discusses her excellent training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and her move to San Francisco Ballet School to complete her training. She also divulges the fascinating story of her apprenticeship with Hamburg Ballet, and later, her…
68: Holly Hynes, Costume designer for Christopher Wheeldon’s Number Nine
Apr 15, 2011 • 28 min
Ms. Hynes offers a lively account of her rise to prominence as Director of Costumes for New York City Ballet and a leading authority in the reproduction of important ballet works. She describes her commission to design costumes for Wheeldon, elaborating…
69: Jacques d’Amboise
Apr 15, 2011 • 31 min
Jacques d’Amboise discusses his career as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet working with George Balanchine, and his connections to San Francisco Ballet and former artistic directors Willam and Lew Christensen as well as current artistic…
67: Principal Dancers Sofiane Sylve and Pascal Molat
Apr 1, 2011 • 58 min
<p>Guests: Sofiane Sylve and Pascal Molat<br> Principal dancers Sofiane Sylve and Pascal Molat describe their career journeys from their French training through performing in other companies, and being attracted to SFB by the diverse and varied…
66: Doug Fullington, Dance Historian
Apr 1, 2011 • 60 min
<p>Guest Speaker: Doug Fullington<br><br><br> San Francisco Ballet’s 2011 Visiting Scholar Doug Fullington, gives a lecture and detailed history of Coppélia. He traces the ballet’s lineage from its origins in France, on into Russia and, finally, over to…
63: Ricardo Bustamante
Mar 29, 2011 • 30 min
Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master, Ricardo Bustamante. Ricardo describes the rich history of the ballet, Coppélia, and its value in a company's repertoire, both from the audience's and the dancers' point of view. He discusses the place…
64: Doug Fullington
Mar 29, 2011 • 28 min
San Francisco Ballet’s 2011 Visiting Scholar Doug Fullington. Doug Fullington, dance scholar and historian gives a detailed history of Coppélia tracing the ballet’s lineage from its origins in France, on into Russia and, finally, over to America,…
62: Anita Paciotti
Mar 29, 2011 • 30 min
Registrar Kirsten Gamb interviews Ballet Master and Principal Character Dancer, Anita Paciotti. Kirsten and Anita discuss some of Anita’s favorite memories in her early years after joining the company in 1968. She gives us an overview of the changes and…
65: Patti Fitzpatrick
Mar 29, 2011 • 29 min
Planned Giving Manager Allison Groves interviews Costume Supervisor Patti Fitzpatrick. Allison and Patti discuss the creation of ballet costumes, focusing on the new production of Alexandra Danilova and George Balanchine’s Coppélia. Patti explains the…
61: Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer
Mar 10, 2011 • 57 min
<p>SFB&#39;s Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, Helgi Tomasson, presented his views on maintaining the company&#39;s widely diverse repertoire. He feels strongly that classical technique and discipline are the key to the dancers&#39;…
60: Elana Altman
Mar 10, 2011 • 28 min
Registrar Kirsten Gamb interviews Soloist Elana Altman. Kirsten and Elana discuss her growing up at San Francisco Ballet School and the transition into the Company. Elana also talks about her participation in the LEAP program and her senior project on…
59: Val Caniparoli
Mar 10, 2011 • 28 min
Writer and Editor Cheryl Ossola interviews Principal Character Dancer Val Caniparoli. Val talks about creating the role of Jacob Schmidt in Helgi Tomasson’s Nanna’s Lied and other roles he’s performed in his 30-plus-year history at SF Ballet. An in-demand…
58: Jodie Gates
Mar 1, 2011 • 27 min
Jodie Gates, répétiteur for William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, discussed her role in staging the work. She described the works of Forsythe as she has come to know them through performing with his company, and she stressed the characteristics of musicality…
57: Bruce Sansom
Mar 1, 2011 • 31 min
Board Relations Manager Jennifer Kovacevich interviews Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director Bruce Sansom. Jennifer and Bruce discuss Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Winter Dreams. Bruce describes the creation of the piece and the intention of the…
56: Mark Zappone
Mar 1, 2011 • 27 min
Charles Chip Mc Neal, Director of Education interviews Costume Designer Mark Zappone Mr. Zappone discusses his past and present association with San Francisco Ballet. He explains how he approaches the collaborative process and how he must attend to the…
55: Christopher Dennis
Feb 16, 2011 • 29 min
Charles Chip Mc Neal, Director of Education interviews Technical Director Christopher Dennis. New San Francisco Ballet Technical Director Christopher Dennis discusses his strategic role as a bridge between the Artistic and Production departments. He gives…
54: Martin West, Music Director and Principal Conductor and Bruce Sansom, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master.
Feb 15, 2011 • 58 min
<p>Martin West, Music Director and Principal Conductor; Bruce Sansom, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master.</p> Martin West and Bruce Sansom discussed how music informs the movement in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Ashton's Symphonic…
53: Sofiane Sylve
Feb 15, 2011 • 32 min
Claire Sheridan of Saint Mary's College interviews Principal Dancer Sofiane Sylve. Sofiane shares her thoughts about the character of Myrtha in the ballet Giselle, and discusses how the magic of the stage supersedes the physical pain that can be part of a…
52: Courtney Elizabeth
Feb 10, 2011 • 27 min
Board Relations Manager Jennifer Kovacevich interviews Soloist Courtney Elizabeth Jennifer and Courtney discuss Courtney’s roles in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations and George Balanchine’s Symphony in C. Courtney describes the stylistic…
51: Wendy Ellis Somes
Feb 10, 2011 • 27 min
Cecelia Beam, HR Manager and Adult Education Coordinator interviews Wendy Ellis Somes Wendy discusses how she became the owner and custodian of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations and Cinderella . Having worked directly with Ashton, Wendy shares…
50: Ricardo Bustamante, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master
Feb 8, 2011 • 58 min
<p>Ricardo Bustamante, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master</p> Ricardo Bustamante presented an overview of the responsibilities of his position, and provided a review of the company's trip to Copenhagen during August, 2010. He joined host…
49: Daniel Baker
Feb 8, 2011 • 25 min
Writer and Editor Cheryl Ossola interviews Corps de Ballet Dancer Daniel Baker Daniel, a native of Newcastle, Australia, explains how he got started in ballet and discusses his years as a student at the School of American Ballet and a dancer at Miami City…
48: Helgi Tomasson
Feb 1, 2011 • 28 min
Mary Wood interviews Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi presented an overview of the 78th Season, pointing out highlights such as the world premiere ballets and San Francisco ballet premieres. He discussed the evening's…
47: Rubén Martín Cintas
Feb 1, 2011 • 30 min
Planned Giving Manager Allison Groves interviews Principal Dancer Rubén Martín Cintas Rubén discusses interpreting the roles he dances, including that of Hilarion in Giselle, and how the Company prepares for a new season of ballet. He explains the…
46: Pascale Leroy
May 3, 2010 • 24 min
Charles and Pascal discuss the work of ballet icon, George Balanchine and they talk about the multiple roles Pascal holds at San Francisco Ballet including teacher, coach, and Character
45: Garen Scribner
Apr 27, 2010 • 23 min
Claire Sheridan interviews Soloist Garen Scribner Claire and Bruce discuss his curious start in ballet and his life as a dancer today.
43: Maria Kochetkova
Apr 27, 2010 • 28 min
Director of Education Charles Mc Neal interviews Principal Dancer Maria Kochetkova Charles delves into Maria’s past and inquires about how she prepares for her most challenging roles in Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet.
44: Bruce Sansom
Apr 27, 2010 • 25 min
Bruce discusses Swan Lake and his roles as Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director. He gives insights into his approach to teaching and coaching the Company.
39: Pascal Molat
Apr 7, 2010 • 27 min
Pascal shares his artistic process in approaching the role of The Poet in Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid.
41: Lloyd Riggins
Apr 7, 2010 • 31 min
Mr. Riggins discusses his work with Hamburg Ballet, his work with John Neumeier and the production of The Little Mermaid.
40: Martin West and Carolina Eyck
Apr 7, 2010 • 25 min
In this installment of MTA, Charles and his guests discuss the music of The Little Mermaid, including the presence of the unique electronic instrument, the Theremin. Ms. Eyck gives an informative musical demonstration.
42: Joan Boada
Apr 7, 2010 • 25 min
Mary asks Joan what he finds most challenging in dance, and how he approaches his work in the idiosyncratic Forsythe ballet, in the middle somewhat elevated.
38: Katita Waldo
Mar 31, 2010 • 25 min
Katita discusses her long and successful career at San Francisco and the imminent changes coming with her forthcoming retirement at the end of the 2010 season.
37: Pierre-Francois Vilanoba
Mar 31, 2010 • 25 min
Pierre-Francios talks about the differences among choreographers and the process of learning a dance, including partnering.
35: Pauli Magierek and Ricardo Bustamante
Mar 31, 2010 • 27 min
Cecelia Beam and her guests provide an in-depth look at Program 2 including the historical connections to returning works.
33: Mary Louise Geiger and Laura Jellinek
Mar 31, 2010 • 28 min
On opening night of Program 2, Mary discusses the work of Christopher Wheeldon with key members of his design team.
32: Betsy Erickson
Mar 31, 2010 • 22 min
Cecelia interviews Betsy about the duties and responsibilities of a Ballet Master.
36: Elana Altman
Mar 31, 2010 • 29 min
Charles McNeal asks Elana about her journey from SF ballet School to Company member to SF Ballet Soloist.
34: Debra Bernard
Mar 31, 2010 • 28 min
Debra gives us an inside look at the pivotal role of the General Manager at San Francisco Ballet.
31: Sonia Evers, Art Historian, Educator and San Francisco Ballet Trustee
Mar 22, 2010 • 63 min
<p>Dance Scholar Mary Woods gives a preview of the 2010 season including insights about the new productions and other upcoming highlights. Later, Sonia Evers discusses her role on the Board and her involvement with SF Ballet School.</p>
30: Music director Martin West and UC Berkeley Musicologist Richard Taruskin
Mar 11, 2010 • 60 min
29: Anita Paciotti and Ghosts Costume Designer Mark Zappone
Mar 11, 2010 • 59 min
<p>Dance Scholar Mary Wood interviews Ballet Master Anita Paciotti and Ghosts Costume Designer Mark Zappone</p>
24: Val Caniparoli (Part 2)
Apr 7, 2009 • 24 min
<p>Dance Scholar Mary Woods interviews Principal Character Dancer, Val Caniparoli about choreographers Stanton Welch and William Forsythe, as well as his own choreographic endeavors.</p>
25: Tina LeBlanc
Apr 7, 2009 • 22 min
San Francisco Ballet Adult Education Coordinator Cecelia Beam interviews Principal Dancer Tina Leblanc about her 17 year career at San Francisco Ballet and her impending retirement.
27: Katita Waldo
Apr 7, 2009 • 24 min
Kirsten Gamb of San Francisco Ballet School interviews Principal Dancer, Katita Waldo. They discuss the inspirations of her life and her career in dance.
28: Maria Kochetkova
Apr 7, 2009 • 25 min
Writer and Editor Cheryl Ossola meets with San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer, Maria Kochetkova. Kochetkova discusses her early training in Russia, her dance philosophy, and the advantages of dance on TV and film.
26: Pascal Molat
Apr 7, 2009 • 28 min
Director of Education, Charles Chip Mc Neal interviews Principal Dancer, Pascal Molat about the contrast between athleticism and technique. Mr. Molat discusses his approach to character dancing, and the impact of dance competitions on his life.
23: Val Caniparoli, Choreographer (Part 1)
Apr 7, 2009 • 24 min
<p>Dance Scholar Mary Woods interviews Principal Character Dancer, Val Caniparoli about choreographers Stanton Welch and William Forsythe, as well as his own choreographic endeavors.</p>
22: Jean-Pierre Frohlich
Mar 20, 2008 • 25 min
Claire Sheridan of St Mary’s College interviews Jean-Pierre Frohlich of the Jerome Robbins Trust. Mr. Frohlich explains what it means to ”stage a ballet” and the process of setting the ballet’s West Side Story Suite and Fancy Free.
20: Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets
Mar 20, 2008 • 26 min
Former Principal Dancer Joanna Berman interviews Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets. Tiit Helimets talks about the challenges of planning, rehearsing and preparing for multiple roles on the same program at the same time and more.
19: Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten
Mar 20, 2008 • 27 min
Professor Claire Sheridan of St. Mary’s College of Moraga interviews Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten. Sarah Van Patten discusses the artistic balance between character development and technical precision.
21: Soloist Elana Altman
Mar 20, 2008 • 23 min
Cheryl Ossola Interviews Soloist Elana Altman. Elana Altman discusses the advantages of being a tall female in ballet, her training and her favorites ballets.
13: Principal Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan
Mar 20, 2008 • 26 min
SF Ballet Company Manager Robert Russo interviews Principal Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan. Yuan Yuan Tan discusses playing the title role in Yuri Possokov’s Firebird. She also discusses fashion and popular culture.
17: Principal Dancer Kirsten Long
Mar 20, 2008 • 27 min
Dance Scholar Mary Wood interviews Principal Dancer Kirsten Long. Kirsten Long discusses the challenges and excitement of dancing key historic roles such as Giselle.
14: Soloist Rory Hohenstein
Mar 20, 2008 • 29 min
SF Ballet Company Manager Robert Russo Interviews Soloist Rory Hohenstein. Rory Hohenstein discusses following in the footsteps of legendary dancer/choreographer Lew Christensen in the role of Mac in Filing Station.
15: James Sofranko
Mar 20, 2008 • 26 min
Mary Wood interviews Soloist James Sofranko.
18: Principal Character Dancer and Ballet Master Anita Paciotti
Mar 20, 2008 • 21 min
Kirsten Gamb interviews Principal Character Dancer and Ballet Master Anita Paciotti. Anita Paciotti discusses her early years as a dancer and the role of the Ballet Master in assisting choreographers and setting new ballets.
16: Rachel Viselli
Mar 20, 2008 • 24 min
Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Principal Dancer Rachel Viselli.
12: Glenn McCoy, Executive Director of SF Ballet
Mar 17, 2008 • 48 min
<p>Dance Scholar Mary Wood Interviews San Francisco Ballet Executive Director, Glenn McCoy</p>
11: Jim Sohm, Former Principal Dancer
Feb 8, 2008 • 58 min
<p>Mary Wood interviews Ballet School Administrative Manager and former Company dancer Jim Sohm</p>
10: Garrett Anderson
Feb 8, 2008 • 26 min
Former Principal Dancer Muriel Maffre interviews Soloist Garrett Anderson.
4: Lynn Garafola
May 22, 2007 • 32 min
Dance critic, historian, professor, and author Lynn Garafola talks about ballet's current period of transition, her fondest memories of dance, and the job of the dance critic. She advises even newcomers to dance to trust their instincts about what they…
8: Principal Dancer Pascal Molat
May 22, 2007 • 26 min
Principal Dancer Pascal Molat cites Michael Jackson as his first dance inspiration. Hear more about what Molat has done since taking up breakdancing in the 1980s and how he has met the challenges of being a professional ballet dancer for more than 10…
9: Principal Dancer Molly Smolen
May 22, 2007 • 27 min
Principal Dancer Molly Smolen’s professional career started when she was 14. She talks to Charles McNeal about leaving home at such a young age, performing with fellow Principal Dancer and husband Tiit Helimets, and returning to the U.S. after seven years…
7: Principal Dancer Rory Hohenstein
May 22, 2007 • 30 min
San Francisco Ballet Soloist Rory Hohenstein talks about the gutsy move he made to become a member of the Company, the physical demands of being a professional dancer, and his brush with celebrity as the subject of a children's book-about dance, of course.
5: Principal Dancer Tina LeBlanc
May 22, 2007 • 15 min
Tina LeBlanc, a principal dancer with SF Ballet since 1992, has balanced a challenging and eminently successful career with raising two children. She talks about her involvement with dance beyond performing onstage, her relationships with younger dancers,…
6: Principal Dancer Joan Boada
May 22, 2007 • 15 min
Principal Dancer Joan Boada made a risky decision in fleeing his native Cuba to dance in countries around the world, and finally the United States. In this Meet the Artist Interview, hear more about that, his training regimen, and how he ended up with…
3: Jean-Pierre Frohlich
Mar 20, 2007 • 25 min
After staging Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free for San Francisco Ballet, Jean-Pierre Frohlich talks about what is involved in preserving the legacy of this legendary choreographer as a member of the Robbins Rights Trust.
1: Conductor Martin West
Mar 19, 2007 • 23 min
SF Ballet Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West, a native of England, talks about the many hats he wears, what it takes to be a conductor and to become a member of the ballet orchestra, and what he thinks is the most difficult orchestral…
2: The Creative Team Behind Eden/Eden
Mar 19, 2007 • 23 min
Eden/Eden, Wayne McGregor's thought-provoking contemporary ballet that envisions a world of cloned humans, enjoyed its U.S. premiere during Program 4 this repertory season. McGregor, Costume Designer Ursula Bombshell, Lighting Designer Charles Balfour,…