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Cheryl A. Ossola, SF Ballet writer and Dance Studio Life magazine editor in chief, interviews Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson.
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 work with Anton Dolin. Also touched on: his work as a choreographer and role as artistic director.Running time: 31 minutes
Claire Sheridan, Founder of the LEAP Program at Saint Mary's College, interviews San Francisco Ballet soloist Jennifer Stahl.
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 ballerinas customize their pointe shoes.Running time: 25 minutes
Director of Education Charles McNeal interviews Principal Dancer Frances Chung.Running time: 29 minutes
Cheryl A. Ossola, SF Ballet writer and Dance Studio Life magazine editor in chief, interviews Soloist Sasha De Sola.
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, and her definition of “working smart,” her advice to young dancers.Running time: 30 minutes
Mary Wood interviews Lloyd Riggins, principal dancer and ballet master with the Hamburg Ballet.
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 between American and European companies. He explained choreographer John Neumeier’s thematic approach to telling the Midsummer Night’s Dream story, and how he used the classical Mendelssohn score to accompany the human characters, while using a contemporary score by Gyorgy Ligety to present the fairyland characters and a street organ for the “rustics”.Running time: 28 minutes
Cheryl A. Ossola, SF Ballet writer and Dance Studio Life magazine editor in chief, interviews Principal Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan.
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 Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, discusses her first exposure to Neumeier’s work as a young student; the process of learning, rehearsing, and performing The Little Mermaid; how the role changed her as an artist, and how it prepared her to perform other ballets by this highly theatrical choreographer.Running time: 30 minutes
Mary Wood interviews Principal Dancer Ruben Martin Cintas.
Principal dancer Ruben Martin 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 insights into the ballet Tears, created by Val Caniparoli, which received its world premiere that evening. He mentioned the excellent training in his own experience that has prepared him to teach his craft.Running time: 29 minutes
Mary Wood interviews Ballet Master Katita Waldo.
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, Natalia Makarova. She gave an animated description of being a member of the corps, from the exacting discipline required to the extraordinary sense of esprit that emerged through the process. She emphasized the challenges of working in the historic, classical idiom.Running time: 31 minutes
Cheryl A. Ossola, SF Ballet writer and Dance Studio Life magazine editor in chief, interviews Principal Dancer Pascal Molat.
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 these three very different choreographers, and his own approach to learning and refining a role—plus how he handles that big, slippery-looking egg in Firebird with Kaschei’s inches-long fingernails.Running time: 29 minutes
Cheryl A. Ossola, SF Ballet writer and Dance Studio Life magazine editor in chief, interviews Principal Dancer Lorena Feijoo.
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 discussed: the value of long-term working relationships between dancers and choreographers and Feijoo’s transition back to performing after the birth of her daughter.Running time: 31 minutes
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