James Sofranko (© David Allen)
Joined in 2000. Promoted to soloist in 2007.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, James Sofranko trained at The Harid Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, The Chautauqua School, and The Juilliard School in New York City, where he received a BFA in dance. Upon graduation in 2000, he joined San Francisco Ballet; in 2007 he was promoted to soloist.
Sofranko has created roles in Jenkins’ Thread, Morris’ Joyride, Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring (Elders), and Scarlett’s Hummingbird (soloist). He has danced featured or principal roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Hilarion), Nutcracker (Dancing Nutcracker, Chinese, and Russian), Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio), and Swan Lake (Neapolitan, Russian, and Czardas); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Sancho Panza); Bintley’s The Dance House (principal); Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (John Rosmer) and Lambarena; Christensen’s Filling Station (Mac); Elo’s Double Evil; Fokine’s Petrouchka (Petrouchka); Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Garnier’s Aunis; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; van Manen’s Solo; McGregor’s Borderlands (pas de deux), Chroma, and Eden/Eden; Morris’ Sylvia (Eros) and A Garden; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Firebird (Kaschei), Fusion, and Swimmer (principal); Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, Russian Seasons (Purple Man), and Shostakovich Trilogy (1st movement principal, Symphony #9); Robbins’ The Concert (Husband) and Fancy Free (2nd Sailor); Taylor’s Company B (Bugle Boy) and Spring Rounds; and Wheeldon’s Continuum and Rush, among others.
His repertory also includes Tomasson’s Chi-Lin, Concerto Grosso, Criss-Cross, The Fifth Season, Nanna’s Lied, Prism, Le Quattro Stagioni, and Tuning Game; Balanchine’s Bugaku, “Diamonds,” Prodigal Son, “Rubies,” Square Dance, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in Three Movements, Theme and Variations, and Who Cares?; Caniparoli’s Connotations and Death of a Moth; Morris’ Beaux, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Maelstrom, Pacific, and Sandpaper Ballet; Possokhov’s Damned, Diving into the Lilacs, Magrittomania, and Reflections; Welch’s Falling and Tu Tu; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Ghosts, Quaternary, and Sea Pictures.
As a guest artist, Sofranko performed with Amy Seiwert’s Imagery on tour to Cincinnati, Ohio, in January 2011. He danced the role of Eddie in the national tour of Movin’ Out, with choreography by Twyla Tharp, in 2005–2006.
Sofranko received the Inspiration Award from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California for organizing and presenting Get in Front, a fundraiser performance by dancers from various San Francisco Bay Area companies, in June 2014. He continues to produce the event, now called DanceFAR.