Company artists and visiting scholars invite you to delve deeper into that evening’s performance. But, you don’t have to buy a ticket to attend—all ballet fans are welcome!
FREE and open to the public.
War Memorial Opera House. Enter through the carriage entrance on the north side of the building, adjacent to the courtyard.
Wednesdays, 6 – 6:45pm
Listen to Past POV Lectures
Select Pointes of View Lectures are available on our Pointes of View Lecture Audio page.
Program 8: Onegin
Dance Educator Mary Wood discusses Cranko’s Onegin with SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand and Ballet Master Betsy Erickson.
Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West in conversation with Dance Educator Mary Wood about the SF Ballet Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary and Sufjan Stevens, who composed the score for Justin Peck’s new work In the Countenance of Kings.
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.
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.
Program 4: Coppélia
Director of Education and Training Andrea Yannone in conversation with Associate Director of the Ballet School Patrick Armand and Ballet School Faculty Jeffrey Lyons about student participation in SF Ballet productions including Balanchine's Coppélia.
Program 3: Swan Lake
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Soloist Sasha De Sola and Former Principal Dancer and SF Ballet School Faculty Ruben Martin Cintas about Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake.
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.
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.