Hear our artists’ Pointes of View
Company artists and visiting scholars invite you to delve deeper into that evening’s performance. You don’t have to buy a ticket to attend—all ballet fans are welcome.
January 22: Cinderella
Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella© is a spectacular display of dancing, but also of stunning sets, costumes, and props. Join SF Ballet’s Production Stage Manager Jane Green, Manager of Wardrobe, Wig, Makeup, and Costume Construction Kate Share, and Master of Properties Kenneth Ryan to discuss how these theatrical elements are constructed, cared for, and utilized in this elaborate production.
February 12: Classical (Re)Vision
Choreographer Mark Morris has had a long relationship with San Francisco and San Francisco Ballet, having created more works for this company than for any other ballet company. Ballet Masters and former SF Ballet Principal Dancers Betsy Erikson and Tina LeBlanc to discuss his life, works, and unique relationship to the West Coast.
February 19: Dance Innovations
Revered in the ballet world as a tribute to classical ballet training Études begins with traditional ballet exercises at the barre and ends with displays of virtuosity. San Francisco Ballet School faculty puts SF Ballet Students through their paces in a demonstration of steps and combinations from Études.
March 11: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of George Balanchine’s masterpieces and SF Ballet’s Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson was one of the most celebrated interpreters of the central role of Oberon, King of the Fairies. Join SF Ballet dancers for a discussion of this ballet’s fiendishly difficult and sublimely beautiful choreography and why they are so excited to see this work back on the Opera House stage for the first time in over 30 years.
March 25: Ballet Accelerator
From Isadora Duncan to Cathy Marston, San Francisco has long been a place where the future of dance has been created. Before an evening of three ballets created right here in San Francisco, join Wayne Hazzard, Executive Director of DancersGroup, and other members of San Francisco’s dance community for a lively discussion about the legacy of new work in the Bay Area.
April 1: Present Perspectives
First created in St. Petersburg in the early 20th century by Marius Petipa and then reimagined by Alexei Ratmansky in New York where it premiered at American Ballet Theater in the spring of 2019, The Seasons is a ballet that has traveled great distances through both space and time. SF Ballet’s 2020 Scholar-in-Residence Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD considers these ideas and others as she gives audiences a sneak peek into her upcoming project on how ballets are staged, restaged, and recreated.
April 15: Jewels
George Balanchine’s iconic ballet Jewels is not only a fan favorite, but an opportunity for a company to explore his many artistic styles. Join Sandra Jennings, repetiteur for the Balanchine Trust, and a current company dancer to learn about how this ballet is staged, taught, and preserved for the next generation of dancers and audiences.
May 6, Romeo & Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is one of composer Sergei Prokofiev’s most iconic scores and one of four Prokofiev scores featured on this San Francisco Ballet season. On May 6, SF Ballet Visiting Scholar Simon Morrison, a professor of musicology at Princeton University, will discuss this piece and its relationship to Prokofiev’s life and work.
All programs are subject to change. The information, views and opinion expressed at all audience engagement programs are strictly those of the participants and do not necessarily represent or imply any official position of San Francisco Ballet Association.
Tickets: Free and open to the public.
Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:00–6:45 pm
Location: War Memorial Opera House
Enter through the carriage entrance on the north side of the building, adjacent to the courtyard.