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If you've ever wanted to know more about ballet, like the origins of the tutu or how a particular choreographer got their start, you've come to the right place. We've assembled a few articles and videos to get started, and will be adding more every month. So dive in, and check back soon, to see where to go next on your ballet adventure.

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FRANKENSTEIN: THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

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Transforming Books to ballets

Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein is part of a long tradition of transforming great stories into ballets.

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SF Ballet's Maker Culture

Program 03, Distinctly SF Ballet, highlights the Company’s maker culture. 

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WHO’S WHO IN THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

From Aurora to Violente, a prima primer with personal preferences.

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THE ARTISTIC LEGACY OF GEORGE BALANCHINE

The innovation and creativity of George Balanchine continue to influence some of today’s most exciting choreographers.

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WHAT IS THE "ROSE ADAGIO"?

Learn more about The Sleeping Beauty's "Rose Adagio."

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WHO ARE THE FAIRYTALE CHARACTERS AT AURORA AND DESIRÉ’S WEDDING?

Well before Walt Disney adapted fairy tales to film, Charles Perrault had a similar idea. A retired bureaucrat during the reign of Louis XIV, Perrault assembled old French fables into a book for his children. The name? Tales of Mother Goose. 

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TWO DANCERS DURING NUTCRACKER

Esteban Hernandez and Miranda Silveira dance many roles in Nutcracker. We followed them around the War Memorial Opera House during the run of this holiday classic to get an inside look at what a day in their life is like during Nutcracker.

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NUTCRACKER FUN FACTS

SF Ballet's Nutcracker features lots of holiday magic—and some impressive stats.

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SF BALLET ALUMNUS SPOTLIGHT

SF Ballet School has a sizable group of vibrant alumni, many of whom remain interested in dance long after they leave the School. This summer Southern California native Shannon Levy-Heath came back—for SF Ballet’s inaugural week-long Adult Ballet Workshop. 

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SF BALLET SCHOOL TRAINEES IN PARIS

SF Ballet School's Trainees took Myles Thatcher’s Panorama to Paris for a gala evening celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Paris Opera Ballet School's annual school performances.

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VIOLINIST PATRICIA VAN WINKLE RETIRES

Violinist Patricia Van Winkle first played for San Francisco Ballet in 1973, for the premiere of an SF Ballet Cinderella© by Lew Christensen and Michael Smuin. More than 40 years later, her last performance before retiring will be Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella©. “It’s a nice way to go out,” she says with a smile. 

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SF BALLET SCHOOL ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT ON “MISS TILLY”

San Francisco Ballet School, the first professional training academy in the country, has numerous distinguished alumni. But Tilly Abbe (known to her young students “Miss Tilly”) may be one of the most recognizable to the multiple generations of San Franciscans who have experienced her thoughtful introduction to ballet. After dancing with San Francisco Ballet, Tilly has run Miss Tilly’s Ballet & Theater Arts in San Francisco, for much of her 40-year teaching career.

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PIECING TOGETHER A BALLET

When planning the programming for a new season, a ballet company’s artistic director considers many options from the company repertory, but setting ballets created in the 19th and even 20th century can offer unique challenges.

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BALANCHINE & STRAVINSKY: AN INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP

Choreographer George Balanchine and composer Igor Stravinsky were ground-breaking 20th-century artists whose collaboration deeply influenced each of them. Both men were innovators, risk takers, and are widely considered masters of their art forms whose works have endured the test of time.

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MIXING IT UP: A PERSPECTIVE ON PROGRAMMING

From one major ballet company to another, programming can vary greatly—from the choreographers and dance styles featured, to the number of performances presented during a given season. But most large companies have one programmatic feature in common: a combination of mixed-bill and full-length productions. 

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WHAT IS A CHOREOGRAPHER IN RESIDENCE?

They are some of the brightest names in ballet: Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Yuri Possokhov. In addition to all having been successful dancers, they are all resident choreographers with the world’s top ballet companies.

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THE HISTORY OF TRIPLE BILLS

This kind of mixed bill programming has a long history. It dates back to the origins of ballet, when, in the court of Louis XIV, short, often abstract, ballets would appear in tandem with longer narrative dances or pantomimes.

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VANESSA ZAHORIAN ON BALANCHINE TECHNIQUE & CHOREOGRAPHY

George Balanchine is one of my favorite choreographers of all time and I’ve danced nearly every Balanchine ballet that has come to San Francisco Ballet. In a way it’s my thing, it’s a part of who I am as a dancer. 

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AMERICA'S FIRST NUTCRACKER

Although the Nutcracker is more than 100 years old, the American holiday tradition of Nutcracker performances started here in San Francisco in 1944.

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SF BALLET AND THE ERIK BRUHN PRIZE

In the ballet world, there are numerous awards and competitions that can add to the prestige and reputation of a given dancer or company, but one of the most coveted is The Erik Bruhn Prize which takes place in Toronto.

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A DANCER’S LIFE ON TOUR

For most ballet companies, touring is a vital component of the organization’s vision, providing new audiences exposure to the dancers and repertory, while giving the dancers a much-needed chance to perform during their off-season. SF Ballet has been touring nationally and internationally since its booking office was established in 1938.

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GETTING TO KNOW SF BALLET SCHOOL FACULTY MEMBER KAREN GABAY

SF Ballet School Faculty Member Karen Gabay trained in San Diego and with the School of American Ballet. At the age of 18, she made her debut as a professional dancer and went on to become the youngest principal dancer at Cleveland San Jose Ballet (later Silicon Valley Ballet).

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GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF CINDERELLA©

Go behind the scenes of San Francisco Ballet's production of Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella©. Includes interviews with scenic and costume designer Julian Crouch and puppet maker Basil Twist, among others.

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MAKING CINDERELLA'S BALL GOWN

Heart of the old, spirit of the new: Cinderella's feathered ball gown is surprisingly high tech.

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POINTE SHOE PRIMER

These iconic pink shoes are central to the art of ballet. Here’s a primer on the different parts of the shoe and how they’re made.

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BALANCING CHOREOGRAPHY WITH DANCING

SF Ballet has a well-earned reputation for commissioning new works, but the institution’s emphasis on choreography begins earlier—at SF Ballet School.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH CINDERELLA DESIGNER JULIAN CROUCH

With a career that has spanned theater, opera, ballet, film and television, Brooklyn-based British designer Julian Crouch designed the sets and costumes for Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella©, a co-production of SF Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.

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WHAT DO DANCER RANKS MEAN?

The practice of ranking dancers is a very old tradition, originally developed to meet the needs of the theater. At least one differentiation among ranks was in place as early as 1713, when King Louis XIV set separate salaries for principal dancers. As the art form of ballet became more popular, opera house ballet companies–which supplied dancers for both operas and ballets–were training grounds where ranks marked the dancers’ progress to larger, more coveted roles.  

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COSTUME DESIGN

One of the most memorable aspects of a ballet production is the costumes. They affect how the audience sees an artist, enhancing the performer’s natural body line and helping to emphasize the grace and movement that the dancer already brings to the stage.

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DANCERS AS ATHLETES

Lisa Giannone is the founder and owner of Active Care, a physical therapy and sports rehabilitation clinic located in San Francisco. Giannone is a physical therapist and biomechanical specialist with a particular focus on sports rehabilitation and training. She is a member of the SF Ballet Health and Wellness teamed headed by Supervising Physician Dr. Richard Gibbs, and serves as the rehabilitation and conditioning specialist for SF Ballet.

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CHARACTER DANCE

National dances, known as divertissements in ballet, include steps from many of the folk dances unique to a particular country, such as Hungary, Poland, Italy, Spain.

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INSIDE SF BALLET SCHOOL'S SUMMER SESSION

Each summer San Francisco Ballet School hosts an intensive summer session designed for serious ballet students from around the world. This year, more than 1,500 students auditioned, with 300 students hailing from as far as Japan, Brazil, China, and New Zealand, ultimately attending.

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LIGHTING DESIGN

To the average viewer, the importance of lighting design is often overlooked. However, if the production had no lighting design, everyone would be sure to notice. The choreography and music often amaze us, but lighting is a crucial element of any stage production—as important as sets and costumes.

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HISTORY OF BALLET

Classical ballet was born out of the European courts, where ballet-like spectacles were performed as early as the late 1500s. Indeed, it was in the court of French king Louis XIV (1643-1715) that dance as an art became elevated in importance.

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Q&A WITH CHOREOGRAPHER JUSTIN PECK

As New York City Ballet’s resident choreographer and a soloist with that company, Justin Peck has choreographed works for many prominent companies and institutions. His first work for SF Ballet, In the Countenance of Kings, premiered in the 2016 Season.

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PARTNERING

In ballet, when two dancers dance together it’s called a pas de deux. The pas de deux is one of the most compelling vehicles in classical ballet and is used to express emotions such as love, jealousy, or anger between two dancers.

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WOMEN'S TECHNIQUE

Dancing on pointe was a defining innovation of ballet’s Romantic period (1827-1845). Dancers of that era appeared ethereal and otherworldly when they danced on the tips of their toes in soft white tutus in ballets such as La Sylphide.

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MEN'S TECHNIQUE

Both men and women perform jumps in ballet. However, men do some steps that are rarely performed by women. These virtuosic steps demand great strength, high jumping, and flexibility and are practiced in a special men’s technique class sometimes referred to as batterie class.

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THE MEANING OF MIME

Choreography is more than steps–it conveys meaning and emotion. But in many ballets–especially full-length works or those with a plot–mime (most likely borrowed from that used in 16th-century commedia dell’arte) provides more nuanced information that choreography can’t.

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THE CONDUCTOR

While one might expect a conductor to work for a symphony orchestra, it may be surprising to learn that a large ballet company with an orchestra needs both a music director and a conductor. 

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HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF SWAN LAKE—AGAIN

By Jennifer Fisher

There’s a reason we flock back to Swan Lake, and it’s not only to see the flock of swans, which, for starters, is always worth the trip. The real draw is to experience once again a grand passion that goes wrong, yet seems so right when played out to Tchaikovsky’s violins.

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THE RICH HISTORY OF SWAN LAKE

The first full-length production of Swan Lake in the United States was premiered by SF Ballet at the centennial celebration of Tchaikovsky’s birth on September 27, 1940. All three Christensen brothers were involved: it featured Willam’s choreography and both Lew and Harold dancing in the production.

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THERE'S A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD IN THE SF BALLET FAMILY

SF Ballet School’s Pre-Ballet Program offers a fun and unique introduction to classical ballet for boys and girls ages four to seven. The classes are beneficial in many ways, providing opportunities for self-expression, discipline, risk-taking, problem-solving, and creativity. In addition, our students have the opportunity to learn classical ballet fundamentals while accompanied by live piano.

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BASIC POSITIONS

In classical ballet, all steps and movements begin and end in one of the five positions of the feet.

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HISTORY OF SF BALLET ORCHESTRA

SF Ballet Orchestra was first established in 1975 under the name of San Francisco Performing Arts Orchestra.

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FINDING INSPIRATION FROM WILLIAM FORSYTHE

By Dana Genshaft

I was first introduced to Bill’s work during my days in the corps de ballet when we performed his Artifact Suite. Learning that ballet took many weeks. It was like an endless exploration of learning how to approach the same steps but from a different point of view.

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HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT BALLERINA BUN

A beautiful, secure hair bun is a crucial part of any ballerina’s look, from the youngest student to the professionals—and no more so than onstage in Nutcracker. We asked SF Ballet School faculty member Dana Genshaft to show how she ties the perfect “Figure 8” ballerina bun for her daughter Nadia.

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THE HOLIDAY PARTY ALL YOUNG DANCERS WANT TO ATTEND

By Lily Peta, SF Ballet School student

Every December, the Stahlbaum family holds a lavish party in San Francisco. Actually, almost thirty parties over two and a half weeks, and invitations are very hard to come by. Only 12 girls are invited each year, and they get to attend more than a dozen Stahlbaum parties each! While playing any part in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker is exciting, being a party girl is particularly fun. 

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COMBING THE ARCHIVES WITH MURIEL MAFFRE: NUTCRACKER HISTORY – PART 2

By Muriel Maffre, executive director at the Museum of Performance + Design

By the time Lew Christensen succeeded his brother Willam as SF Ballet’s second director in 1954, the Company was ready for a revamped production of Nutcracker. It opened on December 18 of that year with all new choreography by Lew, as well as new sets and costumes by award-winning children’s book illustrator Leonard Weisgard (1916–2000), who served as SF Ballet’s chief designer in the late ‘50s.

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COMBING THE ARCHIVES WITH MURIEL MAFFRE: NUTCRACKER HISTORY – PART 1

By Muriel Maffre, executive director at the Museum of Performance + Design

Did you know that the American tradition of the Nutcracker originated in San Francisco? It’s a story that the Museum of Performance + Design is proud to preserve and share through a series of artist papers, photo collections, design renderings, and models.

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NUTCRACKER ON THE GO: A VISIT TO UCSF

Every holiday season, despite their packed schedules, Company members find some time to visit the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, bringing a taste of this annual holiday tradition to young patients who otherwise would not be able to see the production.

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AUDITION TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Auditioning for a ballet company can make even some of the most seasoned dancers nervous, so we asked SF Ballet School’s Associate Director Patrick Armand for his top five audition tips.

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THE CHILDREN OF NUTCRACKER

Each year, 175 students from the San Francisco Ballet School perform onstage in Nutcracker. From the smallest Act II ladybugs to the steadfast soldiers of the Battle Scene, all the children work hard learning their steps and getting into character. They rehearse from September through December, and can be seen onstage in all the performances throughout the holiday season.

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SET DESIGN

Set design may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a fantastic ballet performance, but it is an extremely important part of any stage production. Sets can enhance any performance by creating a magical world for the dancers, or they can detract from a ballet if they don't fit its narrative.

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HISTORY COMES TO LIFE: THE PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION CENTENNIAL

2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the 1915 World’s Fair hosted in San Francisco that celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal, and with it, a new age of technology and global mobility. San Francisco’s year-long celebration commemorating the centennial concludes with SF Ballet’s Nutcracker, which features memorable moments inspired by the Exposition itself.

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WILLIAM FORSYTHE ON PAS/PARTS 2016

We sat down with choreographer William Forsythe to discuss his remount of Pas/Parts which he choreographed over 20 years ago for Paris Opera Ballet. We also talked about his ongoing relationship with SF Ballet and visited him in rehearsal.

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COMPANY CLASS WITH RICARDO BUSTAMANTE

Taking class warms up the dancers’ muscles and minds, and provides the opportunity to fine tune technique, work on problem areas, and mentally prepare for the day ahead. We sat down with Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director Ricardo Bustamante to understand the importance of Company class.

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AMERICA’S FIRST SNOW QUEEN TURNS 90

In November 2015, America’s first Snow Queen, Jocelyn Vollmar, turned 90 years old. SF Ballet celebrated her birthday and recognized her devotion to the art form with a performance by our School Trainees, followed by a post-performance celebration that included Company dancers, former students, and numerous colleagues.

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TIPS FOR ASPIRING BALLET DANCERS

Guest Faculty Member Cynthia Harvey gave us a glimpse of her life as a ballet instructor, following a long career performing with American Ballet Theatre. 

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Ultimate Guides 

 
YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO Bright fast cool blue

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO DISTINCTLY SF BALLET

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ROBBINS: BALLET & BROADWAY

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Program Notes

 
The story of Frankenstein

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frankenstein program notes

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Distinctly SF Ballet Program Notes

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Bright Fast Cool Blue PROGRAM NOTES

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PROGRAM NOTES

Our production of The Sleeping Beauty is ready to make audiences fall in love with it all over again. Learn more about this fairytale ballet in our Program Notes.

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THE STORY OF SLEEPING BEAUTY

Read More about the story of Sleeping Beauty.

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JOHN NEUMEIER’S NIJINSKY

By Michael Crabb

His dancing career lasted scarcely a decade. He choreographed just four works, only one of which has survived with any serious claim to authenticity. Yet, 63 years after his death, Vaslav Nijinsky remains an iconic figure.

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SYNOPSIS: GISELLE

Learn the full story of Giselle.

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SYNOPSIS: DON QUIXOTE

Learn the full story of Don Quixote.

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Who is?


 
WHO IS GEORGE BALANCHINE?

In 1933, Russian choreographer George Balanchine arrived in America and changed the landscape of American dance.

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WHO IS BENJAMIN MILLEPIED?

French-born Benjamin Millepied received his early dance training from his mom, Catherine Flori, starting when he was eight years old. After attending the Conservatoire National de Lyon, he attended New York’s School of American Ballet and in 1994, won the Prix de Lausanne award. 

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WHO IS LIAM SCARLETT?

English choreographer Liam Scarlett, currently artist in residence at The Royal Ballet and artistic associate at Queensland Ballet, is in demand as a choreographer worldwide. Prodigiously talented as a dancemaker, he is the youngest choreographer ever to have a full-length ballet commissioned by The Royal Ballet. 

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WHO IS LOWELL LIEBERMANN?

Lowell Liebermann is one of America's most frequently performed and recorded living composers. One of his more recent commissions is an original score for Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein, a full-length narrative ballet that premiered in 2016 in London (the ballet is a co-production between The Royal Ballet and SF Ballet.)

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WHO IS JOHN MACFARLANE?

Scottish designer John Macfarlane is regarded as one of the world’s leading designers for opera and ballet. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and received the Leverhulme Prize upon graduation. Early in his career, he served as the resident designer at London’s Young Vic Theatre.

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WHO IS IGOR STRAVINSKY?

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was born in Russia in 1882. A composer, pianist, and conductor, Stravinsky is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20thcentury. Often referred to as “a musical revolutionary,” his compositions are known for their stylistic diversity, encompassing Romanticism, Neoclassicism, and Serialism.

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WHO IS TREY MCINTYRE?

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Trey studied dance and musical theater as a child. Initially a reluctant ballet student, he found that creating dance steps and phrases came easily—so much so that a savvy teacher got him back in the studio by asking him to teach his own choreography to the class.

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WHO IS TCHAIKOVSKY?

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the music for the three most famous ballets of all time: NutcrackerSwan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty

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WHO IS ARTHUR PITA?

Arthur Pita began dancing ballet and modern dance in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1991, at age 19, he moved to London to attend the London Contemporary Dance School for his master’s degree.

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WHO IS YURI POSSOKHOV?

Known for his rich and diverse choreography, beautiful dancing, and great partnering skills, Ukranian-born Yuri Possokhov holds the position of choreographer in residence for SF Ballet. After training at the Moscow Ballet School, he danced for ten years with the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet, before moving to the US and joining the Company as a principal dancer in 1994.

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WHO IS JIŘÍ BUBENÍČEK?

Jiří Bubeníček, a Czech citizen from Prague, was an acclaimed dancer before he retired in 2015 to focus on his career as a choreographer. Jiří and his brother Otto, the sons of circus acrobats, began their ballet training at the Prague Dance Conservatory.

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WHO IS JOHN CRANKO?

John Cranko (1927–1973) was a celebrated choreographer of the mid-20th century who is credited with making Stuttgart Ballet one of the finest classical troupes in Europe.

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WHO IS CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON?

Christopher Wheeldon, one of the most in-demand dance makers working today, has had a long and rich relationship with SF Ballet. Christopher’s large body of works has been performed by some of the best ballet companies around the world, and his talent has extended to Broadway.

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WHO IS ALEXEI RATMANSKY?

A renowned and lauded choreographer, Alexei was born in St. Petersburg and trained at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet School. From 2004-08, he served as artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and under his direction, the troupe was named Best Foreign Company twice (2005 and 2007) by the Critics’ Circle in London.

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WHO IS JEROME ROBBINS?

Jerome Robbins (1918-1998), one of the major forces in 20th-century performing arts, was often praised for seamlessly crossing over from the ballet world into theater, movies, and television—and back to ballet. His works are still performed on stages around the world, not only by ballet companies, but also at countless musical theater venues.

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WHO IS MARK MORRIS?

Mark Morris, “the most successful and influential choreographer alive and, indisputably, the most musical” (The New York Times), was born on August 29, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, where he studied with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980, and has since created more than 150 works for the company.

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WHO IS WILLIAM FORSYTHE?

William Forsythe is one of the most influential 20th-century ballet choreographers due to his unique, physics-based exploration of the body’s movement potential. An intellectual and an innovator, he rethought movement in ways that forever changed the use of line, energy, and composition in ballet.

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WHO IS BASIL TWIST?

Basil Twist, a puppeteer, defines that term broadly—as bringing inanimate objects to life. His genius is noticing the way objects and materials move and flow, and drawing upon these characteristics to transform them

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Videos

 
Unbound on stage trailer

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Myles Thatcher's "Ghost in the Machine"

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UNBOUND CHOREOGRAPHER INTERVIEWS: ANNABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA

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THANK YOU FROM SAN FRANCISCO BALLET

Thanks from San Francisco Ballet and Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson for your support during the 2016-2017 Season. Learn more about the 2018 Season featuring The Sleeping Beauty and Unbound: A Festival of New Works.

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PHOTO SHOOT: BEHIND THE SCENES

Join photographer Erik Tomasson and SF Ballet Principal Dancer Ana Sophia Scheller for the campaign image creation for Helgi Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty.

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2017 WORLD BALLET DAY: SLEEPING BEAUTY REHEARSALS

Join Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson for an inside look at the rehearsals for his ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. Featuring Ana Sophia Scheller and Angelo Greco.

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UNBOUND CHOREOGRAPHER INTERVIEWS: EDWAARD LIANG

Learn more about Edwaard Liang, choreographer and Artistic Director of BalletMet, and his new work for Unbound, Infinite Ocean.

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UNBOUND CHOREOGRAPHER INTERVIEWS: STANTON WELCH

Learn more about Stanton Welch, choreographer and Artistic Director of Houston Ballet, and his new work for Unbound.

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MUSIC BEHIND THE MONSTER, LOWELL LIEBERMANN'S FRANKENSTEIN SCORE

Delve into the music of Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein with composer Lowell Liebermann.

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THE GRUESOME HISTORICAL INFLUENCES BEHIND SCARLETT'S FRANKENSTEIN

Designer John Macfarlane gives an up-close look at the set and props of Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein

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LIAM SCARLEtT ON BRINGING FRANKENSTEIN TO LIFE

The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has become known for ballets that marry highly expressive movement, sophisticated musical response and dark psychological depth. Now he creates his first full-length work for the main stage with Frankenstein, a period adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale of morality and our craving for love, companionship, and understanding.

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FRANKENSTEIN INSIGHTS

Join choreographer Liam Scarlett in the rehearsal studio just weeks before the world premiere of his latest ballet, Frankenstein.

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LIAM SCARLETT ON CREATING FRANKENSTEIN

Liam Scarlett on his new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.

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POSSOKHOV’S OPTIMISTIC TRAGEDY (REHEARSAL & INTERVIEW)

Go behind the scenes and see a sneak peek of Optimistic Tragedy from SF Ballet's World Ballet Day Live 2016. The ballet is a world premiere by Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, whose Swimmer was the undisputed hit of the 2015 season.

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COMMITMENT TO NEW WORKS

San Francisco Ballet has always been committed to commissioning and performing new ballets. Learn more about our work with some of ballet's most forward-thinking choreographers. Check out interviews with Justin Peck, William Forsythe, Liam Scarlett, and Arthur Pita, among others.

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