<p>In her role as Ballet Master, Anita Paciotti spoke about Alexei Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy to receive its west-coast premiere on Program 5, emphasizing the wide variety to be found in the music. In the discussion about the ballet Giselle, Anita drew on her experience in interpreting character roles to describe “Berthe”, mother of Giselle, a role which she created in Helgi Tomasson’s 1999 production. She emphasized the challenge to the contemporary dancer of embodying the Romantic style.</p>
Soloist Frances Chung discusses the magic of the ballet Giselle. She talks about the art of dancing in the corps as a wili, and offers her thoughts about performing the role of Myrtha. Frances also gives us some behind-the-scenes information about how ballerinas customize their pointe shoes.
Header Image: Frances Chung in Tomasson’s Giselle // © Erik Tomasson
Soloist Jennifer Stahl discusses the magic of the ballet Giselle. She talks about the art of dancing in the corps as a wili, and offers her thoughts about performing the role of Myrtha. Jennifer also gives us some behind-the-scenes information about how ballerinas customize their pointe shoes.
Header Image: Jennifer Stahl // © Erik Tomasson
Helgi Tomasson created his production of Giselle in 1999, basing on the historic Petipa production. He discusses his personal history with the ballet, from the four productions in which he danced the role of Albrecht to his own approach, influenced by his work with Anton Dolin. Also touched on: his work as a choreographer and role as artistic director.
Header Image: Helgi Tomasson leads company class // © Erik Tomasson
Writer for San Francisco Ballet and Dance Studio Life Editor in Chief Cheryl Ossola interviews Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson.
Header Image: Helgi Tomasson in company class // © Erik Tomasson
Dance Educator Mary Wood interviews Costume Supervisor Patti Fitzpatrick and Frank Morales Acting Costume Production Coordinator.
Assistant to the Senior Executive Staff Caroline Giese interviews Principal Dancer Damian Smith.
The SF Ballet premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length Cinderella provides us with the opportunity to enjoy a fresh interpretation of the iconic story, set to the familiar Prokofiev score. Ballet Masters Anita Paciotti and Felipe Diaz will discuss the process of bringing this production to the Opera House stage.
Board Relations Manager Jennifer French Kovacevich interviews Cinderella choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
Header Image: Christopher Wheeldon // © Angela Sterling
Director of Education Charles McNeal interviews Principal Dancer Ruben Martin Cintas.