Listen to interviews with dancers, choreographers, musicians, scholars, and more, as they discuss the history of ballet, training, and the creative process.

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2016 Podcast Archive

Pointes of View Lectures

Company artists and visiting scholars provide insight into the creative processes that helped shape our ballets and an historical context in which to appreciate them.

Feb 1, 2017

Host: Mary Wood
Guests: Anita Paciotti, Christopher Dennis

How do production elements contribute to the overall look and feel of ballets? Dance Educator Mary Wood in conversation with Ballet Master Anita Paciotti, Production Director and Lighting Designer Christopher Dennis discuss Yuri Possokov's world premiere Optimistic Tragedy.

Running time: 46 minutes

Jan 25, 2017

Host: Cecelia Beam
Guest: Claudia LaRocca

In the five years since Jennifer Homans predicted ballet’s eminent demise in her history "Apollo’s Angels", we have seen the rise of a new crop of choreographers—all of them young, and many of them American. Chief among these artists is Justin Peck, a dancer with New York City Ballet and now its resident choreographer. Dance critic Claudia La Rocco shares her thoughts on Peck and his colleagues.

Running time: 41 minutes

Meet the Artist Interviews

Our popular pre-performance Meet the Artist Interviews (MTAs) spotlight a work to be performed that afternoon/evening. These informative talks feature artists and choreographers in conversation with a moderator.

Feb 5, 2017

Host: Cheryl A. Ossola
Guest: Luke Ingham

Principal Dancer Luke Ingham discusses his role in Yuri Possokhov’s 2017 world premiere, Optimistic Tragedy, and the process of bringing this ballet to the stage; the demands of rehearsing multiple ballets simultaneously; the makeup and costuming for the Creature, his role as in Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein; and balancing his dance career with a new role: fatherhood.

Running time: 29 minutes

Feb 3, 2017

Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Julia Rowe

Soloist Julia Rowe begins by describing the responsibilities and challenges of her new status as a Soloist. She is enthusiastic about participating in the creation of new works, joining in the creative process with the choreographer. She is eloquent about working with William Forsythe, whom she calls a “genius”, as he re-created Pas/Parts 2016 on the company during the 2016 season.

Running time: 30 minutes

Jan 29, 2017

Host: Claire Sheridan
Guest: Sasha De Sola

In this interview, Principal Dancer Sasha de Sola talks about the pure joy of dance. She describes how it feels to perform the lead female role in Haffner Symphony and how wearing a tutu affects her dancing. Sasha also addresses some common misconceptions about ballet and discusses what she does to achieve balance in her life. 

Running time: 29 minutes

Jan 27, 2017

Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Jennifer Stahl

Soloist Jennifer Stahl discusses her range of roles as a soloist, including the anecdote about receiving her promotion at the cast party following the premier of Yuri Possokhov’s Rite of Spring in 2013. She describes the process of creating the world premiere, Fragile Vessels, with choreographer Jiri Bubenicek, as well as working on last year’s world premiere of In the Countenance of Kings with choreographer, Justin Peck.  

Running time: 30 minutes