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.


2015 Season

May 6, 2015

Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Martino Pistone

In collaboration with Helgi Tomasson, Martino Pistone choreographed the exciting sword-fighting scenes in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet. Join Dance Educator Mary Wood to learn how the artists of SF Ballet learn and execute these thrilling scenes, as Pistone and dancers demonstrate sections of the fight choreography.

Running time: 49 minutes
Yuri PossokhovYuri Possokhov

April 15, 2015

Host: Mary Wood
Guests: Yuri Possokhov, Shinji Eshima

Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra Member and Composer Shinji Eshima about the making of Possokhov’s new ballet Swimmer.

Running time: 47 minutes

April 8, 2015

Host: Janice Ross

Stanford dance historian Janice Ross—author of Like a Bomb Going Off, a new book focusing on Soviet ballet during the Stalinist era—explores the fascinating and dangerous intersections between politics and ballet in Soviet Russia. Immediately following the presentation Dr. Ross will sign copies of her book in the Shop at SF Ballet on the Box Level.

Running time: 41 minutes

March 25, 2015

Host: Carrie Gaiser Casey

“Fans, Fandangos, and Fouettés: An Appreciation of Don Quixote
Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD playfully examines the history, choreography, and comedy that make this ballet so compelling for audiences past and present.

Running time: 44 minutes
Helgi TomassonHelgi Tomasson

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Helgi Tomasson

Celebrating his 30th season as Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of SFB, Helgi Tomasson reflects with warmth and humor on his “discovery” by Jerome Robbins, and subsequent mentorship by the great 20th century choreographer. He includes delightful anecdotes from his experience competing in the First International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1969, from which he took home the Silver Medal. He outlines some of his hopes and ambitions for the Company as its new Director, and observes what has exceeded those expectations.

Running time: 44 minutes

February 25, 2015

Host: Rebecca Groves

“William Forsythe’s Ballets about Ballet”
Performance scholar Rebecca Groves, formerly Dramaturg of the Ballett Frankfurt and Executive Director of the Forsythe Foundation, discusses The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and how it takes up ballet as its subject matter — empowering dancers, developing the tradition in unexpected directions, and engaging audiences in new ways.

Running time: 43 minutes
Frances ChungFrances Chung (© Chris Hardy)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Host: Mary Wood
Guests: Joanna Berman, Frances Chung

Former SFB principal dancer Joanna Berman reminisces about interpreting the role of Giselle, including her feelings about the challenges to be found in the 2 contrasting acts. She reveals how poignant she found the experience of performing this role for her farewell performance. Principal dancer Frances Chung discusses performing the role for the first time this season, and how she drew on her previous experience of dancing other roles in the ballet as well as observing the interpretations of other principals. She describes the Romantic style and how assuming the traditional poses informs the development of the character.

Running time: 47 minutes
xxxxxxxxxVal Caniparoli

January 28, 2015

Host: Mary Wood
Guests: Val Caniparoli, Betsy Erickson, Naomi Diouf

This season we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Val Caniparoli’s joyous audience favorite, Lambarena. Dance educator Mary Wood discusses the making of Lambarena with Caniparoli, Ballet Master Betsy Erickson, and African dance master Naomi Diouf.

Running time: 44 minutes