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March 13, 2013

San Francisco Ballet hosts visiting scholar Tim Scholl, Ph.D. in conjunction with its production of Onegin

SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, March 13, 2013—San Francisco Ballet is pleased to host visiting scholar Tim Scholl, Ph.D., for a series of events designed to explore Russia’s impact on modern ballet. This Visiting Scholar Lecture/Reception Series is held in conjunction with SF Ballet’s production of Onegin, a lavish full-length ballet based on Alexander Pushkin’s classic Russian novel, which runs March 21-28 at the War Memorial Opera House.

Each lecture will be followed by an informal reception with Dr. Scholl and other company artists. Lecture topics are:

Narrative Ballets 19th Century to Now
Saturday March 23, 5–6:30pm
Russian Story ballets pose different challenges for the choreographer from those of the abstract, non-narrative ballets made popular by George Balanchine in the twentieth century. Professor Tim Scholl will talk about the history of narrative ballets by Russian choreographers from the 19th century to the present. From Petipa to Ratmansky, Dr. Scholl will examine how Russian choreographers have translated the written word into dance.

The Ballet Russes—A Golden Era of Ballet
Sunday, March 24, 5–6:30pm
The Ballets Russes marked a period of fertile collaboration among some of the most important visual artists, designers, composers, and choreographers of the twentieth century. Professor Tim Scholl gives an overview of the fascinating history and lasting influences of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes.

Russian Influence on American Ballet
Tuesday, March 26, 6-7:30pm
From choreographer Marius Petipa to superstar dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Russians have left an indelible mark on American ballet. Indeed, until the 1950s, the word “ballet” was synonymous with “Russian ballet.” Professor Tim Scholl will examine the many ways Russian artists have influenced the development of American ballet, including San Francisco Ballet.

All events take place at the Dollar Board Room at the San Francisco Ballet building at 455 Franklin Street in San Francisco. A package for all three lectures/receptions is $45. Tickets for a single lecture/reception are $30/$20 for SF Ballet subscribers, $30. To register, please visit or call 415.865.2000.

About Tim Scholl
Tim Scholl is a scholar of Russian literature and a dance historian who has authored two volumes on the history of Russian dance: From Petipa to Balanchine, Classical Revival and the Modernization of Ballet and Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress. A professor of Russian and comparative literature at Oberlin College, Dr. Scholl is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century ballet, and holds degrees from Yale and Vanderbilt Universities. His articles on dance have appeared in The New York Times, Moscow’s Kommersant Daily, and Stockholm’s Danstidnigen, as well as in program books for the New York City Ballet, Milan’s La Scala Theater, London’s Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, and The Hamburg Ballet. His Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice in 2005.

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