Pointes of View

Free Lectures Open to the Public!

San Francisco Ballet’s Pointes of View (POV) Lecture Series features a variety of SF Ballet dancers, guest artists, choreographers, musicians, designers, and visiting scholars. POVs are 45-minute educational in-depth discussions about that evening’s performance.

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Past 2014 Pointes of View Lectures

Program 1: Giselle

Wednesday, January 29, 6pm

Giselle showcases both the technical depth of the ensemble as well as the dramatic command of principal artists in leading roles. Dance educator Mary Wood and Ballet Master Anita Paciotti discuss the Company’s commitment to producing this Romantic favorite.

Program 2

Wednesday, February 19, 6pm

This program features a world premiere by Val Caniparoli. Dance educator Mary Wood interviews Mr. Caniparoli, who will provide insight into his creative process that has made him a world-renowned choreographer with works in the repertoire of over 40 companies.

Program 3

Wednesday, February 26, 6pm

Dance Scholar Dr. Carrie Gaiser Casey and Ballet Master Felipe Diaz discuss the theatrical and mystical in The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère Act II.

Program 4: Cinderella

Wednesday, March 12, 6pm

Back by popular demand, Christopher Wheeldon’s stunning Cinderella! 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.

Program 5: Shostakovich Trilogy

Wednesday, April 2, 6pm

Called “fascinating, poetic, enigmatic and bittersweet” when it premiered at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy is an evening-length, non-narrative work.  Dance educator Mary Wood is joined by ABT Ballet Mistress and Répétiteur Nancy Raffa, who will present insights into the development and realization of this monumental project.

Program 6

Wednesday, April 9, 6pm

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 adding his own suggestions of an unearthly narrative.

Program 7

Wednesday, April 30, 6pm

Dance scholar Dr. Carrie Gaiser Casey convenes a panel of choreographers including Val Caniparoli, Liam Scarlett and Myles Thatcher to discuss how each choreographer approaches the creation of a new ballet.

Program 8

Wednesday, May 7, 6pm

Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Principal Dancer Damian Smith who is retiring from San Francisco Ballet.  Damian will discuss his career,  Balanchine’s ground-breaking Agon and Jerome Robbins’ energetic, compelling Glass Pieces.


All programs are subject to change.  The information, views, and opinions expressed at Pointes of View Lectures are strictly those of the participants and do not necessarily represent or imply any official position of San Francisco Ballet Association.

Select Pointes of View Lectures are available in podcast form. Learn more.

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