Talk About Ballet!

Talk About Ballet – 2015 Repertory Season

Talk about Ballet! combines fascinating talks by experts from the ballet field with social events with other SF Ballet enthusiasts! Each event includes a 60-minute lecture (including a Q & A) by leaders in the dance and music academic fields. Afterwards, guests mingle with the lecturer and enjoy a 30-minute reception with wine and snacks.

Location

San Francisco Ballet
Dollar Board Room
Chris Hellman Center for Dance
455 Franklin Street (at Fulton)

2015 Dates

See full program details below.

  • January 31, 2015, Giselle Inquest–Encore Performance!
  • March 21, 2015, Anna Pavlova and the “Pavlovitas”: Life in Pavlova’s Touring Company
  • April 13, 2015, Ready, Aim, Dance! Danger and Soviet Ballet
Individual Tickets

$25 per event (general public)
$20 per event (SF Ballet subscribers)

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Giselle Inquest–Encore Performance!

Yuan Yuan Tan and Anita Pacioti in Tomasson’s Giselle (© Erik Tomasson)

Yuan Yuan Tan and Anita Pacioti in Tomasson’s Giselle (© Erik Tomasson)

Saturday, January 31, 2015
5-6:30pm
Lew Christensen Studio, 455 Franklin Street
SF Ballet Visiting Lecturer Professor Jennifer Fisher, Associate Professor of Dance at Irvine; Dance History, Theory, Criticism, and Ethnography

Back by popular demand, “The Giselle Inquest” is a fun and fascinating “investigation” of characters from Giselle, led by Jennifer Fisher, the only “ballet coroner” known to dance studies. Fisher gathers testimonies from characters (in full costume and in character), seeking to solve some of the ballet world’s most provocative mysteries: Why did Giselle die? Who is at fault? And why do so many of us want to see her die over and over again? Reserve your tickets and find out.

Anna Pavlova and the “Pavlovitas”: Life in Pavlova’s Touring Company

Saturday, March 21, 2015
5-6:30pm
Dollar Board Room, 455 Franklin Street
Dance Scholar Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) was one of the ballet world’s most revered figures. Her legendary performances (including her iconic portrayal of the “The Dying Swan”) in Russia and on tour thrilled audiences in some of the world’s most remote locations. On these sometimes grueling tours, she brought with her a company of dancers, some of whom had trained with her from a very young age. Carrie Gaiser Casey PhD explores life in Pavlova’s company and the sometimes contentious relationships she established with her protégés.

Ready, Aim, Dance! Danger and Soviet Ballet

Monday, April 13, 2015
6-7:30pm
Dollar Board Room, 455 Franklin Street

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. Discover how the stages of the Kirov and Bolshoi ballets became ideological battlefields, enjoy showings of rare archival video clips, and gain rich context for a performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s celebrated Shostakovich Trilogy, a work that brilliantly references this tumultuous period in cultural history.