Principal Dancers

Sofiane Sylve

Sofiane Sylve

Sofiane Sylve (© David Allen)

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Nice, France

Company Membership:

Joined as a principal dancer in 2008.

Sofiane Sylve was born in Nice, France, where she studied at the Académie de Dance. She danced with Germany’s Stadttheater, Dutch National Ballet, and New York City Ballet prior to performing with San Francisco Ballet as a guest artist in 2007. She joined the Company as a principal dancer in 2008.

Sylve has danced such major roles in full-length ballets as Myrtha in Tomasson’s Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Lady Capulet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; Mercedes in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; and Prayer in Balanchine’s Coppélia. She has danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Agon, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (4th movement), “Diamonds,” “Emeralds,” The Four Temperaments, “Rubies,” Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in C (4th movement and finale); Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, in the middle, somewhat elevated, and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; van Manen’s Two Pieces for Het (For Rachel) and Variations for Two Couples; McGregor’s Chroma and Eden/Eden; Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet; Possokhov’s Swimmer (Nighthawks); Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, Russian Seasons, and Shostakovich Trilogy (Piano Concerto #1); Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Green), Glass Pieces (pas de deux), and In the Night; Tomasson’s The Fifth Season and Prism; Taylor’s Company B; Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas; and Wheeldon’s Continuum and the pas de deux from There Where She Loved. She created principal roles in Liang’s Symphonic Dances, McGregor’s Borderlands, Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Wheeldon’s Ghosts, and Zanella’s Underskin, among others.

Prior to joining the Company Sylve danced a wide range of full-length ballets as well as works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, and Christopher Wheeldon.

Sylve danced the role of Lady Capulet in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. As a guest artist she has danced with numerous international companies. In June 2015 she danced at the Premio Danza&Danza Gala in Brescia, Italy, and in 2012 she performed with former SF Ballet principal dancer Vito Mazzeo at Chicago Dancing Festival and The Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Gala in Sidney. She danced Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated for Dutch National Ballet’s 50th anniversary. She has taught as a guest faculty member at San Francisco Ballet School for six years, as well as at the Alvin Ailey Extension summer program and Ballet Society Vancouver. In 2015 she served as teacher/coach at Indianapolis International Ballet Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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