San Francisco Ballet - Pointes of View

San Francisco Ballet - Pointes of View

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Join San Francisco Ballet company artists and visiting scholars for insight into the creative process and historical context of our ballets.
67: Classical, Neoclassical, and Contemporary Ballet with Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets
May 7 • 36 min
66: Creating Unbound
May 4 • 39 min
65: Heather Ogden, Guillaume Côté, and Carrie Gaiser Casey on John Neumeier’s Nijinsky
Apr 10 • 27 min
64: Jerome Robbins with Lonnie Weeks and Esteban Hernandez
Mar 27 • 43 min
63: Frankenstein
Mar 12 • 41 min
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.
62: Distinctly SF Ballet
Feb 26 • 21 min
61: The Stories of Serenade, James Steichen, PhD
Feb 16 • 36 min
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…
60: Season Overview with Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson
Jan 29 • 41 min
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…
59: Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets, and Betsy Erickson
May 3, 2017 • 40 min
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…
58: Rubén Martín Cintas on Pas de Deux
Apr 5, 2017 • 27 min
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.
57: James Steichen, PhD and Martin West
Mar 15, 2017 • 46 min
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…
56: Thomas F. DeFrantz, PhD
Mar 8, 2017 • 44 min
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…
55: Ellen Peel, PhD, “Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her ‘Hideous Progeny’”
Feb 22, 2017 • 35 min
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…
54: Anita Paciotti and Christopher Dennis
Feb 1, 2017 • 45 min
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…
53: Claudia LaRocco
Jan 25, 2017 • 40 min
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…
52: Patrick Armand and Betsy Erickson
May 4, 2016 • 43 min
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…
51: Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD on Alexei Ratmansky’s “Seven Sonatas”
Apr 6, 2016 • 36 min
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.
50: Kate Duhamel and Anita Paciotti
Mar 16, 2016 • 47 min
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…
49: Patrick Armand, Jeffrey Lyons, and Andrea Yannone
Mar 9, 2016 • 43 min
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…
48: Sasha De Sola and Rubén Martin Cintas
Feb 24, 2016 • 46 min
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…
47: Sofiane Syle and Katita Waldo
Feb 3, 2016 • 43 min
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…
46: Lorena Feijoo and Felipe Diaz
Jan 27, 2016 • 44 min
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…
45: Martino Pistone
May 6, 2015 • 49 min
In collaboration with Helgi Tomasson, Martino Pistone choreographed the exciting sword-fighting scenes in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet. Join Dance Educator Mary Wood to learn how the artists of SF Ballet learn and execute these thrilling scenes, as Pistone…
44: Yuri Possokhov and Shinji Eshima on “Swimmer”
Apr 15, 2015 • 46 min
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.
43: Janice Ross, PhD
Apr 8, 2015 • 40 min
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.
42: Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD, “Fans, Fandangos, and Fouettés: An Appreciation of Don Quixote”
Mar 25, 2015 • 43 min
Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD playfully examines the history, choreography, and comedy that make this ballet so compelling for audiences past and present.
41: Helgi Tomasson on his 30th Season at SF Ballet
Mar 4, 2015 • 43 min
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…
40: Rebecca Groves, “William Forsythe’s Ballets about Ballet”
Feb 25, 2015 • 42 min
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,…
39: Frances Chung and Joanna Berman
Feb 4, 2015 • 46 min
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 for…
38: Val Caniparoli, Naomi Diouf, and Betsy Erickson discuss “Lambarena”
Jan 28, 2015 • 43 min
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.
37: Principal Dancer Damian Smith
May 7, 2014 • 48 min
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 found…
36: Val Caniparoli, Liam Scarlett, and Myles Thatcher Discuss Choreography
Apr 30, 2014 • 46 min
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),…
35: Dr. Stephanie Jordan, “Meeting Beethoven: Mark Morris and Maelstrom”
Apr 9, 2014 • 46 min
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…
34: Nancy Raffa on Alexei Ratmansky’s “Shostakovich Trilogy”
Apr 2, 2014 • 45 min
ABT Ballet Mistress and Répétiteur Nancy Raffa traces the process of creating Alexei Ratmansky's "Shostakovich Trilogy," citing her long association with choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. She describes how the life of composer Dmitri Shostakovich is…
33: Martin West and Michael McGraw
Mar 12, 2014 • 45 min
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 Wood.
32: Val Caniparoli
Feb 19, 2014 • 45 min
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…
31: Anita Paciotti on “Giselle”
Jan 29, 2014 • 41 min
In her role as Ballet Master, Anita Paciotti spoke about Alexei Ratmansky'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, Anita drew…
30: Anita Paciotti and Felipe Diaz
May 8, 2013 • 62 min
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 discuss…
29: Katita Waldo, Garen Price Scribner, and Charlene Cohen
Apr 17, 2013 • 60 min
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 both…
28: Val Caniparoli on “Ibsen’s House”
Apr 10, 2013 • 58 min
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, whose…
27: Tim Scholl, Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College
Mar 27, 2013 • 50 min
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 Russia…
26: Sasha De Sola and Betsy Erickson
Mar 6, 2013 • 58 min
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 Balanchine’s…
25: Martin West, Music Director, on “The Rite of Spring”
Feb 27, 2013 • 46 min
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 Key,…
24: John Neumeier, Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of The Hamburg Ballet, on “Nijinsky”
Feb 13, 2013 • 55 min
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's life and…
23: Maina Gielgud
Jan 30, 2013 • 57 min
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 her…
22: Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Technical Director Christopher Dennis
May 16, 2012 • 57 min
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…
21: Carrie Gaiser Casey, Ph.D. and Visiting Scholar Dr. Beth Genné, Ph.D.
Apr 23, 2012 • 58 min
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…
19: Alana Altman and Ricardo Bustamante
Apr 23, 2012 • 58 min
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 to…
20: Katita Waldo
Apr 23, 2012 • 60 min
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 and…
17: Martin West
Feb 27, 2012 • 58 min
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…
18: Glenn McCoy and Judy Flannery
Feb 27, 2012 • 61 min
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…
15: Bruce Sansom, Ricardo Bustamante, Anita Paciotti
Feb 27, 2012 • 61 min
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 full-length…
16: Betsy Erickson, Gennadi Nedvigin, and Megan Williams
Feb 27, 2012 • 58 min
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…
14: Jennifer Stahl and Gaetano Amico III
May 6, 2011 • 58 min
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 III…
13: Chris Dennis
Apr 21, 2011 • 60 min
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 highlights…
11: Principal dancers Sophiane Sylve and Pascal Molat
Apr 1, 2011 • 58 min
Guests: Sophiane Sylve and Pascal Molat Principal dancers Sophiane 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 repertoire.…
12: Doug Fullington
Apr 1, 2011 • 60 min
Guest Speaker: Doug Fullington 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 America,…
10: Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer
Mar 10, 2011 • 57 min
SFB's Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, Helgi Tomasson, presented his views on maintaining the company's widely diverse repertoire. He feels strongly that classical technique and discipline are the key to the dancers' versatility. He…
9: Martin West, Music Director and Principal Conductor; Bruce Sansom, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master.
Feb 15, 2011 • 58 min
Martin West, Music Director and Principal Conductor; Bruce Sansom, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master. Martin West and Bruce Sansom discussed how music informs the movement in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Ashton's Symphonic…
8: Ricardo Bustamante, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master
Feb 8, 2011 • 58 min
Ricardo Bustamante, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Master 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 Mary…
7: Sonia Evers, Art Historian, Educator and San Francisco Ballet Trustee
Mar 22, 2010 • 63 min
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.
5: Anita Paciotti and Ghosts Costume Designer Mark Zappone
Mar 11, 2010 • 59 min
Dance Scholar Mary Wood interviews Ballet Master Anita Paciotti and Ghosts Costume Designer Mark Zappone
6: Music director Martin West and UC Berkeley Musicologist Richard Taruskin
Mar 11, 2010 • 60 min
Mary discusses the legendary career of ballet icon, George Balanchine.
3: Val Caniparoli-Pointes of View Lecture (part 1)
Apr 7, 2009 • 24 min
Dance Scholar Mary Woods interviews Principal Character Dancer, Val Caniparoli about choreographers Stanton Welch and William Forsythe, as well as his own choreographic endeavors.
4: Val Caniparoli-Pointes of View Lecture (part 2)
Apr 7, 2009 • 24 min
Dance Scholar Mary Woods interviews Principal Character Dancer, Val Caniparoli about choreographers Stanton Welch and William Forsythe, as well as his own choreographic endeavors.
2: Glenn McCoy-Executive Director
Mar 17, 2008 • 48 min
Dance Scholar Mary Wood Interviews San Francisco Ballet Executive Director, Glenn McCoy
1: Jim Sohm-Former Company Dancer
Feb 8, 2008 • 58 min
Mary Wood interviews Ballet School Administrative Manager and former Company dancer Jim Sohm