Pointes of View Lecture Audio

SF Ballet’s Pointes of View (POV) Lecture Series features a variety of SF Ballet artists, designers, and scholars. Lectures are 45-minute educational in-depth discussions about that evening’s performance.

The information, views and opinions expressed in podcasts are strictly those of the participants and do not represent directly or imply any official position of San Francisco Ballet Association.

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See the Pointes of View Lecture schedule for upcoming discussion dates.


2016 Season

Patrick ArmandPatrick Armand (© Chris Hardy)

May 4, 2016

Host: Mary Wood
Guests: Patrick Armand & Betsy Erickson

Patrick Armand, Associate Director of the SF Ballet School, begins by describing the rigorous curriculum in the School, which is designed to prepare students for professional careers. A former gold medal winner of the Prix de Lausanne, he discusses the nature of that competition his continuing association with the organization. Both he and Ballet Master, Betsy Erickson, speak about the challenges of producing a production as demanding as Onegin, and they emphasize the rewards of performing both the principal and ensemble roles. 

Running time: 49 minutes
Martin WestMartin West (© David Allen)

Apr 13, 2016

Host: Mary Wood
Guests: Martin West and Steve D'Amico

In celebration of the SFB Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary, Music Director, Martin West, joined by Principal Contrabass, Steve D’Amico, review the history of this exceptional ensemble. Steve, who played for the ballet before the orchestra was formed as the Performing Arts Orchestra, shares anecdotes from the early days, including tales of one-night-stand bus tours. Martin discusses the organization of the group and describes the process by which prospective members are auditioned. The conversation concludes with comments about the music for choreographer Justin Peck’s world premier, In the Countenance of Kings, to a score composed by Sufjan Stevens and arranged by Michael Atkinson. 

Please note: We are aware that a portion of the audio recording is corrupted, but we feel it is still a wonderful interview worth sharing. Please excuse the disruption.

Running time: 49 minutes
Carey Gaiser CaseyCarrie Gaiser Casey

Apr 6, 2016

Host: Carrie Gaiser Casey

Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas joins the SF Ballet rep this season. Carrie Gaiser Casey, SF Ballet resident scholar, places this work in the arc of Ratmansky’s career and discusses the choreographic features of this ballet.   

Running time: 37 minutes
Anita PaciottiAnita Paciotti (© David Allen)

Mar 16, 2016

Host: Mary Wood
Guests: Kate Duhamel, Anita Paciotti

Video Designer Kate Duhamel joins Ballet Master Anita Paciotti in a discussion of Swimmer, created by choreographer in residence, Yuri Possokhov for the 2015 season. Kate provides background to illustrate her career, and she explains the process while using clips from the creation of Swimmer to illustrate the collaboration between Possokhov and his design team. Anita describes Yuri’s work-style in the studio, and offers insights into some of the problem solving required in developing such a complex work.  

Running time: 48 minutes
Patrick ArmandPatrick Armand (© Chris Hardy)

Mar 9, 2016

Guests: Director of Education and Training Andrea Yannone in conversation with Associate Director of the SF Ballet School Patrick Armand and Ballet School Faculty Jeffrey Lyons 

San Francisco Ballet Company and School share the same building, just across the street from the Opera House. There, our students train in the same studios as our professional dancers, and they have the wonderful opportunity to see the professional dancers whom they aspire to become one day.  As many ballets in our repertory include roles for children, the conversation revolves around preparing children for roles in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Swimmer, and Coppélia.     

Running time: 44 minutes
Sasha De SolaSasha De Sola (© Chris Hardy)

Feb 24, 2016

Host: Mary Wood
Guests: Sasha De Sola, Rubén Martin Cintas

Rubén Martin Cintas, former Principal Dancer now Principal Character Dancer and SF Ballet School faculty member, joined by Soloist Sasha De Sola, each speak about the importance of a classical foundation which prepares a dancer’s body to perform all styles. They elaborate on how performing the classic ballets, such as Swan Lake, both trains and maintains the dancers’ technique and strength. During a slide review of first the early history and then the current production, Rubén and Sasha comment on the fairy tale elements of the story, classical mime as a means of story-telling, and the importances of the inclusion of the national dances.  

Running time: 47 minutes
Sofiane SlyveSofiane Sylve (© Chris Hardy)

Feb 3, 2016

Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Sofiane Sylve, Katita Waldo

Principal Dancer Sofiane Sylve, who has a working relationship with choreographer William Forsythe going back to her earliest days as a performer at the Dutch National Ballet, speaks eloquently about the challenges and pleasures of interpreting his movement. Katita Waldo performed many of his pieces prior to her role as Ballet Master, and she discusses his musicality in using both classical and contemporary works. They each emphasize their appreciation for the collaborative nature of Forsythe’s creative process. 

Running time: 43 minutes
Lorena FeijooLorena Feijoo (© Chris Hardy)

Jan 27, 2016

Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Felipe Diaz, Lorena Feijoo

Principal Dancer, Lorena Feijoo, and Ballet Master, Felipe Diaz, discuss the experience of creating the new work by choreographer, Liam Scarlett, Fearful Symmetries. Felipe speaks of how his role as Ballet Master is informed by his experience as a performer. Lorena describes the excitement she feels as she interprets Scarlett’s creativity. Each speak eloquently about how skillfully the choreography is supported by the powerful music by John Adams.

Running time: 45 minutes