Talk about Ballet!

Talk About Ballet – 2014 Repertory Season

Join us for our newest educational/social program, Talk about Ballet! The events include a 60-minute lecture (including a Q & A) by leaders in the dance and music academic fields. After the talk, guests mingle with the lecturer and enjoy a 30-minute reception with wine and snacks.

Tickets: $20 per event (general public), $15 per event (SF Ballet subscribers)

 

Giselle Inquest

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, February 1, 2014
5-6:30pm
Lew Christensen Studio
SF Ballet Visiting Lecturer Professor Jennifer Fisher
Associate Professor of Dance at Irvine; Dance History, Theory, Criticism, and Ethnography

Why did Giselle die? And why do so many of us want to see her die over and over again? As the only “ballet coroner” known to dance studies, Jennifer Fisher asks these questions and brings up many other provocative issues around the story of Giselle. Fisher will conduct an  “inquest” with artists of SF Ballet, gathering “testimonies” and thoughts from of a panel of experts to shed light on the possible causes Giselle’s death, and, of course, who is at fault? Could this tragedy have been prevented? Reserve your tickets now and find out!

 

Seeing and Hearing: Dance and Music as Double Challenge

American Ballet Theatre in Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (© Gene Schiavone)

American Ballet Theatre in Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (© Gene Schiavone)

Saturday, April 5, 2014
5-6:30pm
Dollar Board Room
SF Ballet Visiting Scholar Professor Stephanie Jordan
University of RoeHampton, London; BMus, ARCM, MA, PhD; Formerly Head of the Department of Dance (1992-2000) and Director of the Centre for Dance Research, currently Research Professor in Dance.

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Over the last century, choreographers have explored new approaches to music, rather than simply translating scores into dance. This talk will outline these ways of using music, including those of dialogue and counterpoint, tracing the work of several choreographers and composers, culminating in a discussion of Alexei Ratmansky’s acclaimed Shostakovich Trilogy.

 

Mark Morris: Choreographer and Musician

Mark Morris

Mark Morris

Sunday, April 6, 2014
5-6:30pm
Dollar Board Room
SF Ballet Visiting Scholar Professor Stephanie Jordan
University of RoeHampton, London; BMus, ARCM, MA, PhD; Formerly Head of the Department of Dance (1992-2000) and Director of the Centre for Dance Research, currently Research Professor in Dance.

Few choreographers working today are cited more often than Mark Morris for musicality and standing within the music profession. This event will spotlight various ambitious experiments with music that Morris has conducted over the course of his career, including “music visualisations,” his homage to the radical collaboration of Merce Cunningham and John Cage and his treatments of large-scale symphonic scores never written for dance.

 

Balanchine, Stravinsky, and Agon: A Choreographer-Composer Collaboration

Sofiane Sylve and Anthony Spaulding in Balanchine’s Agon (© Erik Tomasson)

Sofiane Sylve and Anthony Spaulding in Balanchine’s Agon (© Erik Tomasson)

Monday, April 7, 2014
6-7:30pm
Dollar Board Room
SF Ballet Visiting Scholar Professor Stephanie Jordan
University of RoeHampton, London; BMus, ARCM, MA, PhD; Formerly Head of the Department of Dance (1992-2000) and Director of the Centre for Dance Research, currently Research Professor in Dance.

Agon is an outstanding masterpiece in the ballet canon, a meeting of the minds of perhaps the most brilliant choreographer and composer of the twentieth century. This event will focus on the “choreomusical” construction of this feverishly intricate work, the powerful modernist impulse that drives it, and the context of Balanchine’s other Stravinsky ballets.

 

 

Past Visiting Scholars

2013, Tim Scholl
2012, Beth Genné
2011, Doug Fullington
2010, Richard Taruskin
2009, Janice Ross
2008, Jennifer Fisher
2007, Lynn Garafola
2006, Deborah Jowitt