A Symposium on Ballet’s Future

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Unbound: A Conversation on the Future of Ballet

War Memorial Opera House
Friday, April 27 6 pm–7:30 pm

Speakers: Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of SF Ballet and Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem
Moderator: Marina Harss, Dance Critic

FREE and open to the public


Ballet Unbound?: The Aesthetics and Politics of Ballet in a Globalized World

Education Studio at the Wilsey Center
Saturday, April 28 11:30 am–1 pm

From fake news to music video gifs, the rate at which information and images circle the globe has never been faster. What does it mean to make ballet in a time of instantaneous transmission and political uncertainty? How is ballet absorbing influences from other cultures and dance techniques? What kinds of new voices are contributing to ballet? How are the aesthetics of ballet changing? And what kinds of things are today’s choreographers trying to say?

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“Silicon Ballet:” Bringing Ballet and Technology Together On Stage, On Film, and Online

Education Studio at the Wilsey Center
Saturday, April 28 5:30 pm–7 pm

Hear from artists, choreographers, and scholars about how they have experimented with, experienced, or envisioned the collaboration between ballet and technology. From motion capture to livestreams to dancing robots, how is technology changing ballet? How is technology changing audiences? And how might dance influence emerging technology?

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Boundless: Fostering New Voices in Ballet Choreography, Leadership, and Audiences

Education Studio
Sunday, April 29 11 am–12:45pm

As the resident classical ballet company of a minority-majority city, San Francisco Ballet recognizes that if ballet is going to remain crucial and relevant to audiences, it needs a diversity of voices and bodies included on stage, in the studio, and in the executive offices. Join us for a discussion of how directors and company leaders are thinking about including new voices and perspectives in the dancers they hire, the choreographers they commission, the audiences they reach, and the stories they tell.

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