Meet the Artist Interviews (MTAs) spotlight the specific San Francisco Ballet repertory program to be performed that afternoon/evening. These informative talks feature Company dancers, guest artists, choreographers, and conductors in conversation with a moderator.
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See the pre-performance Meet the Artist Interview schedule for upcoming discussion dates.
Host: Cheryl A. Ossola, SF Ballet writer and Dance Studio Life magazine editor in chief
Guest: Tiit Helimets Principal Dancer
Tiit discusses dancing both male principal roles in Balanchine’s Serenade; some of the differences between Serenade and another Balanchine ballet in this season’s repertory, The Four Temperaments; and how his approach to the role of Albrecht in Giselle has changed as he has matured. The conversation includes what earning a bachelor’s degree has meant to him as an artist, his recent teaching experience and what he gains from it in his own classroom work, and how he balances the demands of work and family.Running time: 29 minutes
Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Joseph Walsh
Joseph Walsh, promoted from Soloist to Principal Artist within his first year with the Company, introduces himself to the San Francisco audience. He recounts his early training, and the successful beginnings of his career with the Houston Ballet. He describes with enthusiasm his response to the challenge of a faster pace at SFB, starting with the excitement of the 2014 residency at Les Été de la danse in Paris.Running time: 29 minutes