Pointes of View Lectures

Free Lectures Open to the Public!

Free and open to the public
War Memorial Opera House – North Carriage Entrance

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.

Listen to Past Pointes of View Lectures

Select Pointes of View Lectures are available on our Pointes of View Lecture Audio page.

Past Pointes of View Lectures

Program 1

January 28, 2015, 6pm

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.

Program 2

February 4, 2015, 6pm

Join us as we discuss the iconic ballet Giselle with former Principal Dancer Joanna Berman and Principal Dancer Frances Chung to hear how the title role tests not only a dancer’s technical abilities but also her skills as a dramatic artist.

Program 3

February 25, 2015, 6pm

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.

Program 4

March 4, 2015, 6pm

SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and dance educator Mary Wood examine Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and how this ballet played a pivotal role in his career.

Program 5

March 25, 2015, 6pm

“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.

Program 6

April 8, 2015, 6pm

"When Ballet Became Dangerous: Shostakovich Trilogy and the Soviet Past"
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.

Program 7

April 15, 2015, 6pm

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.

Program 8

May 6, 2015, 6pm

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.



All programs are subject to change. The information, views, and opinions expressed at Pointes of View Lectures are strictly those of the participants and do not necessarily represent or imply any official position of San Francisco Ballet Association.