These lively events include a 60-minute talk and Q & A, as well as a wine and cheese reception with the speaker.
$25 general; $20 SF Ballet subscribers and members; $100 for all 5
SF Ballet Offices, Dollar Board Room, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Sat, Feb 6, 5-6:30pm
The Road to "Rubies": George Balanchine's Early Years in America
James Steichen, musicologist and ballet researcher, discusses Balanchine’s efforts to found what would become the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet during the 30s and 40s. Steichen will touch on the significant role played by SF Ballet founder Lew Christensen as a performer and choreographer in the early days of the new company.
Fri, Feb 19, 5-6:30 pm
The Christensen Brothers: American Dance Pioneers
SF Ballet’s 2016 Visiting Scholar Debra H. Sowell, PhD, dance historian and author of Christensen Brothers: An American Dance Epic, will provide insight into the three Christensen brothers as distinct individuals, whose diverse talents and personalities not only kept the early company going in time of tremendous hardship, but also established what has become known as one of the worlds leading ballet companies.
Mon, Feb 22, 6-7:30 pm
Sex, Love, and Ballet
Jennifer Fisher, Ph.D, associate professor of dance at UC Irvine, talks about how choreography and movement conveys romance, sex, and love – as compellingly as does Tchaikovsky’s great score in Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake. Hone your dance analysis skills and deepen your understanding of how the steps and characters in this beloved ballet embody flirtation, lust, and true love. When an interspecies romance catches our attention for well over a century, it’s worth discovering why.
Sat, Mar 12, 5-6:30 pm
From Dolls to Digitization: Ballet's Encounters with Technology, 1870 - 2015
SF Ballet Resident Scholar Carrie Gaiser Casey, Ph.D and UC Berkeley Ph.D candidate Kate Mattingly discuss the changing interface between body and machine in ballet choreography, from the dolls and puppets of pre mid-century ballets to more recent experiments with digital choreographies. Ballets to be discussed are Coppélia (1870, Saint-Leon), Petrushka (1911, Fokine), One Flat Thing Reproduced (2000, Forsythe), and Swimmer (2014, Possokhov).
Sat, Apr 9, 5-6:30pm
Sense & Sensibility: Thoughts on Justin Peck and a New Generation
In the five years since Jennifer Homans predicted ballet’s eminent demise in her history Apollo’s Angels, we have seen the rise of a new crop of choreographers—all of them young, and many of them American. Chief among these artists is Justin Peck, a dancer with New York City Ballet and now its resident choreographer. Dance critic Claudia La Rocco shares her thoughts on Peck and his colleagues.