Sofiane Sylve (© David Allen)
Joined as a Principal Dancer in 2008.
Sofiane Sylve was born in Nice, France, where she studied at the Académie de Dance. She danced with Germany’s Stadttheater, Dutch National Ballet, and New York City Ballet prior to performing with San Francisco Ballet as a guest artist in 2007. She joined the Company as a principal dancer in 2008.
Sylve has created roles in Liang’s Symphonic Dances, McGregor’s Borderlands, Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Wheeldon’s Ghosts, and Zanella’s Underskin, among others. Her major roles include Myrtha in Tomasson’s Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, and Prayer in Balanchine’s Coppélia. She has danced lead roles in many ballets, including Balanchine’s Agon, “Diamonds,” “Emeralds,” The Four Temperaments, “Rubies,” Serenade, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and in the middle, somewhat elevated; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; van Manen’s Two Pieces for Het (For Rachel); McGregor’s Chroma and Eden/Eden; Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux and Russian Seasons; Robbins’ In the Night; Tomasson’s The Fifth Season and Prism; Taylor’s Company B; Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas; and Wheeldon’s Continuum and Ghosts.
Prior to joining the Company Sylve danced a variety of works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Sylve has performed as a guest artist with numerous international companies and for the past five years has taught as a guest faculty member at San Francisco Ballet School as well as at the Alvin Ailey Extension summer program. She has also taught at Ballet Society Vancouver. In summer 2012, she performed with former SF Ballet principal dancer Vito Mazzeo at the Chicago Dancing Festival. In November 2012 she danced in The Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Gala in Sidney.