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, 6:05 - 6:45 pm

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

Upcoming Lectures

Jan 25, 6:05 pm | Program 01
The Joy of Dance

In the years since Jennifer Homans predicted ballet's eminent demise in her 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. Writer Claudia La Rocco shares her thoughts on Peck and his colleagues.

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Feb 1, 6:05 pm | Program 02
Modern Masters

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 and Set Designer Alexander Nichols discuss Yuri Possokov's world premiere Optimistic Tragedy.

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Feb 22, 6:05 pm | Program 03

Litquake, the Bay Area's literary festival and San Francisco Ballet co-present Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her "Hideous Progeny." Professor Ellen Peel from the Comparative and World Literature Department at SF State reflects on the origin of Frankenstein. Shelley was often asked, 'how I, then a young girl, came to think of...so very hideous an idea,' Peel will address that question by looking at cultural and scientific forces in her day, and by considering Shelly's early life. Peel will comment on how the novel has managed to play so powerfully on our wishes and fears for two centuries, becoming a myth continually reborn in new avatars, now including a ballet. 

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Mar 8, 6:05 pm | Program 04
Must-See Balanchine

Thomas F. DeFrantz, dance researcher and Chair of African American Studies at Duke University, offers a history of the African-American presence in American ballet. Focusing on the historical moments that predicted a growing presence, DeFrantz considers how African-American audiences, dancemakers, and performing artists have shifted and revised ballet's possibilities as an art form. 

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Mar 15, 6:05 pm | Program 05
Contemporary Voices

Contemporary music offers choreographers the chance to explore new sonic worlds and take audiences into new states of artistic consciousness. Musicologist Jim Steichen and Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West discuss the strategies that the conductor and musicians use to prepare music that many in the audience—and on stage—are hearing for the first time. 

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April 5, 6:05 pm | Program 07
Made for SF Ballet

Dance Educator Mary Wood and Rubén Martín Cintas, former principal dancer who is currently ballet school faculty and pas de deux teacher, discuss the art of pas de deux. San Francisco Ballet School Trainees demonstrate the intricacies of partnering. 

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April 12, 6:05 pm | Program 06
Swan Lake

Dance Scholar Carrie Gaiser Casey speaks with the people who make the magic happen backstage. Former company dancers and current backstage production crew Laurie Cowden and Sedley Chew talk about their professional lives in the wardrobe and stage crew departments and their transition from dancer to backstage production crew. 

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May 3, 6:05 pm | Program 08

Ballet Master Betsy Erickson and artists from the Company speak with dance educator Mary Wood on preparing to dance Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella©. What makes this ballet as thrilling for the artists to dance as it is for the audience to watch? 

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All programs are subject to change. The information, views and opinion expressed at all audience engagement programs are strictly those of the participants and do not necessarily represent or imply any official position of San Francisco Ballet Association.

Past Lectures

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

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Have Questions?

If you have a question about a particular program please don't hesitate to contact us.

415 865 6583


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