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San Francisco Ballet - Pointes of View
37 minutes | May 7, 2018
Episode 67: Classical, Neoclassical, and Contemporary Ballet with Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets
40 minutes | May 4, 2018
Episode 66: Creating Unbound
27 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
Episode 65: Heather Ogden, Guillaume Côté, and Carrie Gaiser Casey on John Neumeier's Nijinsky
43 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
Episode 64: Jerome Robbins with Lonnie Weeks and Esteban Hernandez
42 minutes | Mar 12, 2018
Episode 63: Frankenstein
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.
21 minutes | Feb 26, 2018
Episode 62: Distinctly SF Ballet
36 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
Episode 61: The Stories of Serenade, James Steichen, PhD
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 understanding of one of Balanchine’s most famous ballets.
42 minutes | Jan 29, 2018
Episode 60: Season Overview with Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson
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 within the ranks. He offers an overview of the repertory, looking especially at the Robbins Centennial commemoration and his selection from Robbins' wide variety of works. Finally, he shares his passion for the Unbound: Festival of New Works, as well as a description of some of the challenges experienced in putting it together.
41 minutes | May 3, 2017
Episode 59: Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets, and Betsy Erickson
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 the audience to watch?
27 minutes | Apr 5, 2017
Episode 58: Rubén Martín Cintas on Pas de Deux
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.
46 minutes | Mar 15, 2017
Episode 57: James Steichen, PhD and Martin West
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 conductor and musicians use to prepare music that many in the audience—and on stage—are hearing for the first time.
45 minutes | Mar 8, 2017
Episode 56: Thomas F. DeFrantz, PhD
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 how African-American audiences, dancemakers, and performing artists have shifted and revised ballet's possibilities as an art form.
35 minutes | Feb 22, 2017
Episode 55: Ellen Peel, PhD, "Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her 'Hideous Progeny'"
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 of Frankenstein. Shelley was often asked, 'how I, then a young girl, came to think of...so very hideous an idea,' Peel will address that question by looking at cultural and scientific forces in her day, and by considering Shelly's early life. Peel will comment on how the novel has managed to play so powerfully on our wishes and fears for two centuries, becoming a myth continually reborn in new avatars, now including a ballet.
46 minutes | Feb 1, 2017
Episode 54: Anita Paciotti and Christopher Dennis
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 Optimistic Tragedy.
41 minutes | Jan 25, 2017
Episode 53: Claudia LaRocco
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 dancer with New York City Ballet and now its resident choreographer. Dance critic Claudia La Rocco shares her thoughts on Peck and his colleagues.
44 minutes | May 4, 2016
Episode 52: Patrick Armand and Betsy Erickson
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 nature of that competition his continuing association with the organization. Both he and Ballet Master, Betsy Erickson, speak about the challenges of producing a production as demanding as Onegin, and they emphasize the rewards of performing both the principal and ensemble roles.
37 minutes | Apr 6, 2016
Episode 51: Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD on Alexei Ratmansky's "Seven Sonatas"
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.
47 minutes | Mar 16, 2016
Episode 50: Kate Duhamel and Anita Paciotti
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 using clips from the creation of Swimmer to illustrate the collaboration between Possokhov and his design team. Anita describes Yuri’s work-style in the studio, and offers insights into some of the problem solving required in developing such a complex work.
44 minutes | Mar 9, 2016
Episode 49: Patrick Armand, Jeffrey Lyons, and Andrea Yannone
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 dancers whom they aspire to become one day. As many ballets in our repertory include roles for children, the conversation revolves around preparing children for roles in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Swimmer, and Coppélia.
47 minutes | Feb 24, 2016
Episode 48: Sasha De Sola and Rubén Martin Cintas
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 styles. They elaborate on how performing the classic ballets, such as Swan Lake, both trains and maintains the dancers’ technique and strength. During a slide review of first the early history and then the current production, Rubén and Sasha comment on the fairy tale elements of the story, classical mime as a means of story-telling, and the importances of the inclusion of the national dances.
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