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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.


Upcoming Pointes of Views Lectures 

Pointes of View lectures are before every Wednesday night performance at 6 pm

Check back for dates for the 2020 Season!

Past Pointes of Views Lectures 

January 30, Don Quixote
Kick off the season with Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson in conversation with dance educator Mary Wood. Hear about the upcoming performances and new Company dancers, and learn about restaging classic ballets like Don Quixote.

February 13, Kaleidoscope
Luke Ingham and Ulrik Birkkjaer, principal dancers, discuss the art of partnering and how male dancers build the necessary strength and stamina with SF Ballet Senior Manager of Content and Editorial, Caitlin Sims.

February 20, In Space and Time
Revered as a tribute to classical ballet training, Études begins with traditional ballet exercises at the barre and ends with displays of virtuosity. SF Ballet School faculty member Pascal Molat leads SF Ballet School students in a demonstration of steps and combinations from a traditional ballet class. 

March 13, The Sleeping Beauty
Frances Chung, Principal Dancer, and Esteban Hernandez, Soloist, discuss The Sleeping Beauty’s three pivotal dance challenges—the Rose Adagio, the wedding pas de deux, and the Bluebird pas de deux—with dance educator Mary Wood. 

March 27, Lyric Voices
Join SF Ballet’s 2019 Visiting Scholar Clare Croft, PhD for a talk on "What makes a ballet “American?”

Several works on Programs 5 and 6 beg the question, what makes a ballet “American?” Trey McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall be a Great Poem draws its title from famous American poet Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and McIntyre’s memories of his grandfather, a man he describes as “just so American.” On Program 6, Justin Peck re-imagines one of the most iconic of Americana ballet’s, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes—with the open, expansive sound of Aaron Copland’s music. In our contemporary moment, what—and who—is American is a polarizing, too often violent debate. How might ballet help us imagine “American” as an identity that can be reimagined and inhabited by many?

April 3, Space Between

Arthur Pita’s Björk Ballet made a splash last year with spectacular props, Marco Morante-designed costumes, and music by Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk. Join SF Ballet Production Director Christopher Dennis and Company Manager Juliette LeBlanc to learn about how they pulled the many pieces of this ballet together and how they’ll bring it on tour to London. 

April 24, The Little Mermaid
John Neumeier’s ballets require both stunning dance technique and powerful acting. Join Principal Dancers Wei Wang and Sasha de Sola and dance educator Mary Wood to learn about how they prepare to perform his dramatic roles. 

May 8, Shostakovich Trilogy
Join Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD for an in-depth analysis of Alexei Ratmansky’s Chamber Symphony, the centerpiece of his stunning Shostakovich Trilogy. 

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

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415 865 6583


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