Meet the Artist Interviews

A highly popular pre-performance discussion program, Meet the Artist Interviews (MTAs) spotlight the specific San Francisco Ballet repertory program to be performed that afternoon/evening.

These informative talks feature Company dancers, guest artists, choreographers, and conductors in conversation with a moderator. Meet the Artist Interviews last 30 minutes and take place on the Orchestra Level of the War Memorial Opera House one hour before performance time on selected evenings and Sunday matinees. MTAs are open to ticket holders of that afternoon/evening's performance.

Listen to Past Meet the Artist Interviews

Select Meet the Artist Interviews are available on our Meet the Artist Podcast page.

MTAs normally occur on opening nights, Fridays, Sunday matinees and select Saturday performances.

Past 2014 Meet the Artist Interviews

Program 1

Saturday, January 25, 7pm
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson

Sunday, January 26, 1pm
Founder of St. Mary's College of California LEAP Program Claire Sheridan interviews Soloist Jennifer Stahl

Friday, January 31, 7pm
Director of Education Charles McNeal interviews Principal Dancer Frances Chung

Sunday, February 2, 1pm
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Soloist Sasha De Sola

Hamburg Ballet

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30pm
Dance Educator Mary Wood Interviews Hamburg Ballet Principal Dancer and Ballet Master Lloyd Riggins

Thursday, February 13, 7pm
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan 

Program 2

Tuesday, February 18, 7pm
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Principal Dancer Rubén Martín Cintas

Friday, February 21, 7pm
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Principal Dancer Pascal Molat

Sunday, February 23, 1pm
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Principal Dancer Lorena Feijoo

Program 3

Thursday, February 20, 7pm
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Ballet Master Katita Waldo

Friday, February 28, 7pm
Christensen Society Officer Jasmine Yep interviews Soloist Luke Ingham

Sunday, March 2, 1pm
Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West introduces "Meet the Music and Musicians" - an exploration of Stravinsky's Firebird with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

Program 4

Tuesday, March 11, 7pm
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten

Friday, March 14, 7pm
Artistic Administrator Caroline Giese interviews Production Director Christopher Dennis

Sunday, March 16, 1pm
Founder of St. Mary's College of California LEAP Program Claire Sheridan interviews Soloist Dores André

Sunday, March 23, 1pm
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Wardrobe Manager George Elvin

Program 5

Friday, April 11, 7pm
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews San Francisco Ballet Orchestra Concermaster Roy Malan

Sunday, April 13, 1pm
Former Board Relations Manager Jennifer French Kovacevich interviews Soloist James Sofranko

Program 6

Friday, April 4, 7pm
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson

Sunday, April 6, 1pm
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews San Francisco Ballet 2014 Visiting Scholar Dr. Stephanie Jordan

Saturday, April 12, 1pm
Christensen Society Officer Jasmine Yep interviews Corps de Ballet Dancer Esteban Hernandez

Program 7

Tuesday, April 29, 7pm
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews artist and theatrical designer John Macfarlane on his scenic and costume designs and David Finn on his lighting design for Liam Scarlett's World Premiere Hummingbird


Friday, May 2, 7pm
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director Ricardo Bustamante

Sunday, May 4, 1pm
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West

Program 8

Thursday, May 1, 7pm
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Répétiteur from The George Balanchine Trust Elyse Borne

Friday, May 9, 7pm
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Corps de Ballet Dancer Luke Willis

Sunday, May 11, 1pm
Former Board Relations Manager Jennifer French Kovacevich interviews Principal Dancer Rubén Martín Cintas who is retiring from the Company at the end of the season.

 

Updates on hosts and guests are posted as information becomes available.  All programs are subject to change.  The information, views, and opinions expressed at Meet the Artist Interviews are strictly those of the participants and do not necessarily represent or imply any official position of San Francisco Ballet Association.

 

For more information, please contact Cecelia Beam, adult education coordinator, at cbeam@sfballet.org.