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2014 Season Podcasts

January 29, 2014

Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Anita Paciotti

In her role as Ballet Master, Anita Paciotti spoke about Alexei Ratmansky's Shostakovich Triology to receive its west-coast premiere on Program 5, emphasizing the wide variety to be found in the music. In the discussion about the ballet Giselle, Anita drew on her experience in interpreting character roles to describe “Berthe”, mother of Giselle, a role which she created in Helgi Tomasson’s 1999 production. She emphasized the challenge to the contemporary dancer of embodying the Romantic style.

Running time: 42 Minutes

February 19, 2014

Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Val Caniparoli

Choreographer Val Caniparoli spoke eloquently about his development as a choreographer, from his early years as a student and young dancer to his work in myriad companies around the world. He offered heartfelt advice to emerging choreographers, urging them to fill their time with learning experiences. Assembling his team for the production of the world premiere of Tears provided an opportunity for him to elaborate on his collaborative style with both his dancers and his designers.

Running time: 46 Minutes
Martin WestPhoto by David Allen

March 12, 2014

Host: Mary Wood
Guest: Martin West, Michael McGraw

The melodic, atmospheric Prokofiev score that drives Cinderella is the subject of this discussion, led by SF Ballet Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West, accompanied by Company Pianist Michael McGraw and hosted by dance educator Mary Wood.

Running time: 45 minutes

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