Pointes of View (POV) Lecture Series

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.

Who is this for?
Anyone interested in learning more about our current productions.

Free and open to the public.

Wednesdays, 6:00-6:45 pm

War Memorial Opera House
Enter through the carriage entrance on the north side of the building, adjacent to the courtyard.

Program 1 – The Sleeping Beauty

January 24, 2018

Season Overview

Dance Educator Mary Wood and Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson share the roster of new artists joining the Company followed by an in-depth review of the 2018 Repertory Season including Unbound: A Festival of New Works.


Program 2 – Bright Fast Cool Blue

February 14, 2018


Was Serenade really Balanchine’s first piece in America? And if not, how did that myth come to be? SF Ballet Visiting Scholar James Steichen presents on Balanchine’s early work and the pieces that preceded Serenade, adding a new dimension to our understanding of one of Balanchine’s most famous ballets.


Program 3 – Distinctly SF Ballet

February 21, 2018


SF Ballet soloist James Sofranko leads the SF Ballet Students in a series of choreographic explorations to demonstrate how new choreography is created in the studio, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Associate Director of Audience Engagement Jennie Scholick, PhD with Sofranko, SF Ballet School Director Patrick Armand, and SF Ballet School alumni.


Program 4 – Frankenstein

March 7, 2018

Panel Discussion

Join Dance Educator Mary Wood as she discusses the intricacies of the makeup and costumes in Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein with the SF Ballet production staff.


Program 5 – Robbins Ballet & Broadway

March 21, 2018

Panel Discussion

In honor of the Jerome Robbins Centennial, Associate Director of Audience Engagement Jennie Scholick, PhD will briefly discuss the many facets of Jerome Robbins’ talents including his successes on Broadway and his mark as a ballet choreographer, followed by a discussion with SF Ballet company dancers about performing Robbins’s ballets and his impact on other contemporary choreographers.


Program 6 – Nijinsky, A Ballet by John Neumeier

April 4, 2018

Panel Discussion

Join Visiting Artists from the National Ballet of Canada to learn about the dramatic life and career of Vaslav Nijinsky. Hosted by SF Ballet’s Scholar-in-Residence, Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD, the discussion will center on John Neumeier’s provocative ballet and the many historical figures who appear within it.


Unbound: A Festival of New Works

April 25, 2018

Panel Discussion

What does it take to put on a festival like Unbound? SF Ballet writer Cheryl Ossola hosts a panel discussion on the creation of new work at San Francisco Ballet and why SF Ballet has made new choreography a guiding principal. General Manager Debra Bernard, Production Director Christopher Dennis, and a member of the Artistic staff discuss how Unbound came together and the stories behind the festival.


May 2, 2018


An SF Ballet School faculty member demonstrates the differences between classical, neoclassical, and contemporary ballet with the SF Ballet Trainees, followed by a discussion with Dance Educator Mary Wood.

Past Lectures

Select Pointes of View Lectures are available in audio form on our podcast page.

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