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.
Lonnie Weeks, Soloist, on Bound To
Apr 12 • 26 min
Soloist Lonnie Weeks describes his training and tells the story of his recent promotion, as well as gives insight into Trey McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall be a Great Poem and Christopher Wheeldon’s Bound To©. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the…
Elizabeth Mateer, Corps de Ballet
Apr 10 • 28 min
Elizabeth Mateer, in her third season as a member of the corps de ballet, reflects on the roles she has enjoyed performing. She describes her preparation for a professional career from training in a small setting to the intense experience at the School of…
Taking SF Ballet on Tour
Apr 8 • 42 min
Arthur Pita’s Björk Ballet made a splash last year with spectacular props, Marco Morante-designed costumes, and music by Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk. Join SF Ballet Production Director Christopher Dennis and Company Manager Juliette LeBlanc to learn…
David Finn, Scenic and Lighting Designer, on Die Toteninsel
Apr 6 • 31 min
Scenic and Lighting Designer David Finn discusses his life and career along with his recent work for SF Ballet, Die Toteninsel. He speaks about collaborating with choreographer Liam Scarlett on this ballet, as well as about the many other choreographers…
Cavan Conley, Corps de Ballet, on Die Toteninsel
Apr 4 • 30 min
Cavan Conley describes his training and the beginnings of his professional career prior to joining San Francisco Ballet this season as a member of the corps de ballet. He relates the process of creating Die Toteninsel, choreographed on the company last…
Clare Croft, SF Ballet’s 2019 Visiting Scholar, on American Ballet
Apr 1 • 39 min
Join SF Ballet’s 2019 Visiting Scholar Clare Croft, PhD for a talk on “What makes a ballet “American?” Several works on Programs 5 and 6 beg the question, what makes a ballet “American?” Trey McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall be a Great Poem draws its title…
Julia Rowe, Soloist, on The Sleeping Beauty
Mar 16 • 23 min
Soloist Julia Rowe chats with Caitlin Sims about her training with Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, her experience in Helgi Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty, and taking classes through the St. Mary’s LEAP program. Like what you heard?…
Jeffrey Lyons, SF Ballet School Faculty
Mar 14 • 30 min
Jeffrey Lyons discusses what is important to him as a ballet teacher, the art of teaching boys, and the joy of seeing his students reach professional status. The enduring popularity of The Sleeping Beauty is discussed, as well as Jeff’s role as a ballet…
Yasmine Naghdi, Principal Dancer, The Royal Ballet
Mar 14 • 27 min
Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Yasmine Naghdi chats with Jennie Scholick about her career, the role of Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and her experience guesting with San Francisco Ballet. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist…
Carlo di Lanno, Principal Dancer, on The Sleeping Beauty
Mar 13 • 25 min
Principal Dancer Carlo di Lanno gives a description of the classical training that prepared him to dance Prince Desiré in The Sleeping Beauty, and offers a lively account of performing the 3rd Act variation for an early audition. He discusses his approach…
Frances Chung, Principal Dancer, and Esteban Hernandez, Soloist, on The Sleeping Beauty
Mar 11 • 42 min
Dancers Frances Chung, Principal, and Esteban Hernandez, Soloist, discuss how their classical training gave them the foundation to perform The Sleeping Beauty; Esteban relates the journey from his backyard to the Royal Ballet School. Frances delves into…
Kamryn Baldwin, Corps de Ballet, on In Space and Time
Feb 26 • 28 min
Director of Education and Training, Andi Yannone, interviews corps de ballet dancer Kamryn Baldwin about her training, Harald Lander’s Etudes, and Helgi Tomasson’s The Fifth Season. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple…
Aaron Robison, Principal Dancer, on Etudes
Feb 24 • 27 min
Aaron Robison, Principal Dancer, discusses his path to SF Ballet, dancing in Helgi Tomasson’s The Fifth Season and Harald Lander’s Etudes, and how he prepares for the season. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts…
Martin West, Music Director and Principal Conductor, on Program 2: Kaleidoscope
Feb 24 • 29 min
Martin West, SF Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor, gives an engaging account about how ballet conducting requires both mind reading and on-the-spot problem-solving skills. He also provides insight into the Mozart and Beethoven scores heard…
Jennifer Stahl, Principal Dancer, on Snowblind and Appassionata
Feb 22 • 30 min
Principal Dancer Jennifer Stahl reflects on the challenges and satisfactions of being in a work as it is created, reminiscing on the excitement of the Unbound: Festival of New Works. She discusses her approach to learning the role of Zeena in Snowblind,…
Johnny Eliasen, Répétiteur, and Lise Lander, Artistic Advisor, on Etudes
Feb 20 • 29 min
Lise Lander, Artistic Advisor, and Johnny Eliasen, Répétituer describe the ballet, Etudes, recounting its history and discussing the difficulties it presents. Johnny explains his role in staging the work, based on his experience as a dancer, ballet…
Ulrik Birkkjaer and Luke Ingham, Principal Dancers, on Partnering
Feb 18 • 35 min
Luke Ingham and Ulrik Birkkjaer, principal dancers, discuss the art of partnering and how male dancers build the necessary strength and stamina with SF Ballet Senior Manager of Content and Editorial, Caitlin Sims. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our…
Henry Sidford, Soloist, on Kaleidoscope
Feb 16 • 30 min
Soloist Henry Sidford discusses how he came to San Francisco Ballet, highlights in his career (so far!), and the ballets on Program 2: Kaleidoscope. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access…
Angelo Greco, Principal Dancer, on Don Quixote
Feb 7 • 28 min
Principal Dancer Angelo Greco discusses how he first encountered Don Quixote, what he enjoys about this ballet, and his love to classical ballet. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access…
Principal Dancer Wei Wang on Don Quixote
Feb 5 • 27 min
Principal Dancer Wei Wang discusses his early training in Beijing, how he came to San Francisco Ballet, and the role of Basilio in Don Quixote. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access…
Helgi Tomasson Previews the 2019 Season
Feb 3 • 45 min
Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, Helgi Tomasson reflects on his 34 years as Artistic Director and his commitment to serving as Principal Choreographer. He comments on the upcoming 86th Repertory Season, starting with an introduction to the…
Joseph Walsh, Principal Dancer, on Don Quixote
Feb 1 • 28 min
Principal Dancer Joseph Walsh chats about his career, Don Quixote, and other upcoming 2019 ballets, including several Unbound works. He also shares what a normal morning looks like and his favorite things to do in his downtime. Like what you heard?…
Sasha de Sola, Principal Dancer, on Don Quixote
Jan 30 • 29 min
Principal Dancer Sasha De Sola engages in a lively discussion about her classical roles, contrasting her preparation for dancing more contemporary parts. She acknowledges solid, classically-based training for contributing to her technical achievements.…
Season Preview with Martin West
Jan 18 • 76 min
Join SF Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West as he previews the music and ballets of the 2019 Season. Header photo: Martin West // © Erik Tomasson
Celebrating Jerome Robbins: Helgi Tomasson, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, and Ellen Sorrin [podcast]
Sep 14, 2018
In this special episode moderated by Ellen Sorrin, Director of the Balanchine Trust, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson is joined by Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Frohlich to discuss the life and…
Myles Thatcher, Choreographer and Dancer [podcast]
May 10, 2018 • 30 min
Choreographer and SFB dancer Myles Thatcher eloquently describes the experience of participating in the Unbound: Festival of New Works as both a choreographer and a dancer. He discusses the creative process from the dancer’s point of view, performing in…
Jennifer Stahl, Principal Dancer [podcast]
May 9, 2018
Principal Dancer Jennifer Stahl discusses the Unbound festival and Dwight Rhoden’s LET’S BEGIN AT THE END with Jennie Scholick, Associate Director of Audience Engagement. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or…
Classical, Neoclassical, and Contemporary Ballet with Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets [podcast]
May 7, 2018 • 36 min
Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets reflects on the classical training that prepared him to dance classical, neo-classical, and contemporary roles. Using visual prompts from Sleeping Beauty, Agon, and Eden-Eden, he describes the evolution of technique,…
Lauren Strongin, Soloist [podcast]
May 6, 2018
Claire Sheridan, founder of the LEAP program at St. Mary’s College, interviews SF Ballet Soloist Lauren Strongin about her life, career, and the Unbound festival. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google…
Stanton Welch, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Houston Ballet [podcast]
May 5, 2018
Dance Educator Mary Wood talks with Unbound festival choreographer Stanton Welch, artistic director of Houston Ballet, about his history at SF Ballet and his new work, Bespoke. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple…
Creating Unbound: A Festival of New Works [podcast]
May 5, 2018
SF Ballet Writer Cheryl Ossola discusses the behind-the-scenes work of Unbound with General Manager Debra Bernard, Production Director Christopher Dennis, and Ballet Master Anita Paciotti. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on…
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa x Conversations on Dance [podcast]
May 2, 2018
Conversations on Dance interviews Unbound festival choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access archived episodes and have new ones delivered straight to your…
Myles Thatcher, Sylvie Rood, and Kersh Branz x Conversations on Dance [podcast]
Apr 27, 2018
The Conversations on Dance podcast interviews choreographer Myles Thatcher and two members of his creative team prior to the opening of Unbound B on April 21, 2018. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google…
Justin Peck x Conversations on Dance [podcast]
Apr 25, 2018
Join Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden of Conversations on Dance podcast as they interview choreographer Justin Peck. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access archived episodes…
Peter Ottman, Ballet Master, The National Ballet of Canada [podcast]
Apr 12, 2018
Peter Ottman, a ballet master at The National Ballet of Canada, is interviewed by SF Ballet’s Jasmine Yep Huynh. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access archived episodes and have new ones…
Heather Ogden, Guillaume Côté, and Carrie Gaiser Casey on John Neumeier’s Nijinsky [podcast]
Apr 11, 2018
The National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancers Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté discuss the dramatic life and career of Vaslav Nijinsky with SF Ballet’s Scholar-in-Residence, Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist…
Skylar Campbell, First Soloist, The National Ballet of Canada [podcast]
Apr 7, 2018
Skylar Campbell, then a first soloist with The National Ballet of Canada, converses with Dance Educator Mary Wood. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access archived episodes and have new ones…
Ellen Rose Hummel, Corps de Ballet [podcast]
Mar 29, 2018
Ellen Rose Hummel describes her journey to SFB from training with Patricia McBride in North Carolina, to three years in SF Ballet School and as a Trainee. She offers insight into the life of the senior students and Trainees at their chaperoned living…
Jerome Robbins with Lonnie Weeks and Esteban Hernandez [podcast]
Mar 28, 2018
In honor of the Jerome Robbins Centennial, Associate Director of Audience Engagement Jennie Scholick, PhD discusses the many facets of Jerome Robbins’ talents including his successes on Broadway and his mark as a ballet choreographer. This is followed by…
Madison Keesler, Corps de Ballet [podcast]
Mar 15, 2018
Corps de Ballet member Madison Keesler is interviewed by Rena Nishijima, communications associate. After four seasons with English National Ballet, Keesler returned to SF Ballet. She reveals what brought her back to San Francisco, as well as what she has…
Frances Chung, Principal Dancer [podcast]
Mar 14, 2018
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Frankenstein Costumes and Makeup [podcast]
Mar 13, 2018
Dance Educator Mary Wood discusses the intricacies of the makeup and costumes in Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein with the SF Ballet production staff and Principal Dancer Vitor Luiz. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple…
Benjamin Freemantle, Corps de Ballet [podcast]
Mar 2, 2018
Benjamin Freemantle, then a member of the corps de ballet, converses with Jennie Scholick, associate director of audience engagement. Freemantle describes his normal Sunday morning, his journey to SF Ballet, and the excitement of premiering in Val…
Kimberly Marie Olivier, Corps de Ballet [podcast]
Feb 28, 2018
Corps de Ballet member Kimberly Marie Olivier discusses portraying the role of Ellida Wangel, from Lady from the Sea, in Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, and the valuable coaching she received from him, Ballet Master Betsy Erickson, and Caniparoli’s…
Exploring the Choreographic Process [podcast]
Feb 22, 2018
SF Ballet soloist James Sofranko leads SF Ballet School Students in a series of choreographic explorations to demonstrate how new choreography is created in the studio. This is followed by a panel discussion hosted by Associate Director of Audience…
Sofiane Sylve, Principal Dancer [podcast]
Feb 19, 2018
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. Like what you heard? Subscribe…
Steven Morse, Soloist [podcast]
Feb 17, 2018
Soloist Steven Morse describes his journey to SF Ballet, discussing his time as a Trainee at SF Ballet School. He recalls learning a role in Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, and how important the coaching he experienced was to his portrayal. He describes the…
The Stories of Serenade with James Steichen, PhD [podcast]
Feb 15, 2018
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 discusses Balanchine’s early work and the ballets that preceded Serenade, adding a new dimension to one of…
Vitor Luiz, Principal Dancer [podcast]
Feb 9, 2018
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 The Sleeping Beauty and describes how he prepares to dance the very classical role of Prince…
Carlo di Lanno, Principal Dancer [podcast]
Feb 1, 2018
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…
Ana Sophia Scheller and Angelo Greco, Principal Dancers [podcast]
Jan 27, 2018
Jennifer Kovacevich interviews Principal Dancers Ana Sophia Scheller and Angelo Greco. Scheller and Greco discuss their beginnings in ballet and their paths to San Francisco Ballet. They describe the challenges, technical and artistic, of dancing their…
Sasha de Sola, Principal Dancer [podcast]
Jan 24, 2018 • 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. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the…
Season Overview with Helgi Tomasson [podcast]
Jan 20, 2018
Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson comments on the 85th Repertory Season, starting by introducing the Company’s new dancers. He describes what he looks for when hiring dancers and when promoting dancers from within the ranks. He…
Episode 238: Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets, and Betsy Erickson
May 3, 2017
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’s Cinderella©. What makes this ballet as thrilling for the artists to dance as it is for…
Episode 237: Skyla Schreter
Apr 30, 2017
Corps de ballet member Skyla Schreter discusses Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella© and some of her favorite moments of SF Ballet’s 2017 Repertory Season.
Episode 236: George Elvin
Apr 28, 2017
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…
Episode 235: Frances Chung
Apr 7, 2017
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…
Episode 232: Katita Waldo
Mar 19, 2017
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…
Episode 233: Sofiane Sylve and Carlo Di Lanno
Mar 19, 2017
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…
Episode 231: Lauren Strongin
Mar 17, 2017
SF Ballet Soloist Lauren Strongin interviewed by Director of Education and Training, Andrea Yannone
Episode 230: James Steichen, PhD and Martin West
Mar 15, 2017
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 the…
Episode 229: Val Caniparoli
Mar 12, 2017
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…
Episode 228: Rufus Olivier
Mar 10, 2017
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…
Episode 227: Myles Thatcher
Mar 9, 2017
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,…
Episode 226: Thomas F. DeFrantz, PhD
Mar 8, 2017
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 considers…
Episode 225: Liam Scarlett
Feb 24, 2017
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…
Episode 224: Ellen Peel, PhD, “Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her ‘Hideous Progeny’”
Feb 22, 2017
Litquake, the Bay Area’s literary festival and San Francisco Ballet co-present Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her “Hideous Progeny.” Professor Ellen Peel from the Comparative and World Literature Department at SF State reflects on the origin…
Episode 223: Max Cauthorn
Feb 19, 2017
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…
Episode 222: Luke Ingham
Feb 5, 2017
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…
Episode 221: Julia Rowe
Feb 3, 2017
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…
Episode 220: Anita Paciotti and Christopher Dennis
Feb 1, 2017
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’s world premiere…
Episode 219: Sasha De Sola
Jan 29, 2017
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…
Episode 218: Jennifer Stahl
Jan 27, 2017
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…
Episode 217: Claudia LaRocco
Jan 25, 2017
In the five years since Jennifer Homans predicted ballet’s eminent demise in her history “Apollo’s Angels”, 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 Justin Peck, a…
Episode 216: Patti Fitzpatrick
May 8, 2016
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…
Episode 215: Ricardo Bustamante
May 6, 2016
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…
Episode 214: Patrick Armand and Betsy Erickson
May 4, 2016
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…
Episode 213: Martin West
May 1, 2016
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.
Episode 212: Mathilde Froustey
Apr 17, 2016
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…
Episode 211: James Sofranko
Apr 15, 2016
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)…
Episode 210: Joan Boada
Apr 10, 2016
Artistic Administrator Caroline Giese interviews Principal Dancer Joan Boada.
Episode 209: Henry Sidford
Apr 8, 2016
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…
Episode 208: Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD on Alexei Ratmansky’s “Seven Sonatas”
Apr 6, 2016
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.
Episode 207: Pascal Molat
Mar 20, 2016
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…
Episode 206: Lauren Strongin
Mar 18, 2016
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…
Episode 205: Kate Duhamel and Anita Paciotti
Mar 16, 2016
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…
Episode 204: Frances Chung
Mar 13, 2016
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…
Episode 203: Dores André
Mar 11, 2016
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…
Episode 202: Patrick Armand, Jeffrey Lyons, and Andrea Yannone
Mar 9, 2016
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…
Episode 201: Christopher Dennis
Feb 28, 2016
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…
Episode 200: Luke Ingham
Feb 26, 2016
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…
Episode 199: Sasha De Sola and Rubén Martin Cintas
Feb 24, 2016
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…
Episode 198: Cordula Merks
Feb 21, 2016
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…
Episode 197: Debra Sowell, PhD
Feb 19, 2016
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…
Episode 196: Jennifer Stahl
Feb 5, 2016
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…
Episode 195: Sofiane Syle and Katita Waldo
Feb 3, 2016
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…
Episode 194: Tina LeBlanc
Jan 31, 2016
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…
Episode 193: Liam Scarlett
Jan 29, 2016
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…
Episode 192: Lorena Feijoo and Felipe Diaz
Jan 27, 2016
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…
Episode 191: Patrick Armand
May 10, 2015
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…