Tiit Helimets, Principal Dancer, from Shelter-in-Place

Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets chats about his life during shelter-in-place.

Tiit Helimets chats with Claire Sheridan about his career, what it’s like to be dancing at home, and his interests outside of ballet.

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Header Image: Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets in Tomasson’s The Fifth Season // © Erik Tomasson

Imani Rupert-Gordon (NCLR), Kris Hayashi (TLC), and Arthur Pita

National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon, Transgender Law Center Executive Director Kris Hayashi, and choreographer Arthur Pita call in at the beginning of Pride Month.

Imani Rupert-Gordon and Kris Hayashi share about their two organizations and how audience members can get involved. Arthur Pita chats about his Bjork Ballet and how he’s thinking about art in this time of crisis.

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Header Image: SF Ballet rehearsing Pita’s Bjork Ballet // © Erik Tomasson

Julia Rowe, Soloist, on Life during COVID-19

Soloist Julia Rowe checks in from shelter-in-place.

Julia Rowe discusses life during shelter-in-place. Among other things, she chats about what it’s like to take ballet class via Zoom, living with another artist, and how she prepares her pointe shoes.

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Header Image: Julia Rowe in Liang’s The Infinite Ocean // © Erik Tomasson

Madison Keesler, Soloist, on Sandpaper Ballet

Soloist Madison Keesler reflects on her career path and time at SF Ballet.

Madison Keelser thoughtfully reflects on life as a professional dancer in this discussion about artistic development, international experience, and the physical demands of the career. Valuable insight into Program Two’s The Sandpaper Ballet and Bespoke is also shared.

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Header Image: Madison Keesler and Joseph Walsh rehearse Marston’s Mrs. Robinson // © Erik Tomasson

Lonnie Weeks, Soloist, on Sandpaper Ballet

Soloist Lonnie Weeks discusses the ballets on Programs 02 and 03.

Soloist Lonnie Weeks speaks engagingly about his ballet beginnings and training. He discusses Sandpaper Ballet and working with choreographer Mark Morris, his musicality and his sense of humor. Speaking about Bespoke, he describes the process of working with choreographer Stanton Welch, who created the work for the Unbound Festival in 2018.

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Header Image: Lonnie Weeks in Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso // © Erik Tomasson

Meet the Artist: Betsy Erickson and Tina LeBlanc on Sandpaper Ballet

Choreographer Mark Morris has had a long relationship with San Francisco and San Francisco Ballet, having created more works for this company than for any other ballet company. Ballet Masters and former SF Ballet Principal Dancers Betsy Erickson and Tina LeBlanc to discuss his life, works, and unique relationship to the West Coast.

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Header Image: SF Ballet in Morris’s Sandpaper Ballet // © Erik Tomasson

To the Pointe: Dance Innovations

Join Associate Director of Audience Development, Jennie Scholick, PhD for a deep dive into the three ballets on Program 3: Dance Innovations. Hear from Edwaard Liang, Trey McIntyre, Johnny Eliason, and Lise Lander and find out what to look for in this exciting lineup of ballets.

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Header Image: Yuan Yuan Tan and Vitor Luiz in Liang’s The Infinite Ocean // © Erik Tomasson

Betsy Erickson, Ballet Master, on Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Host Andi Yannone interviews Ballet Master Betsy Erickson and discusses how Cinderella is rehearsed and put together.  In particular, they discuss the challenges of a trans-continental co-production during the initial creative process.

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Header Image: Christopher Wheeldon during a dress rehearsal of Wheeldon’s Cinderella© // © Erik Tomasson

To The Pointe: David Rosenthal on “The Typewriter”

Gong, chimes, woodblocks…. typewriter? In this special edition of To The Pointe, David Rosenthal, SF Ballet Orchestra’s Principal Percussionist, discusses his role in “The Typewriter,”  composer Leroy Anderson’s most famous novelty number and one of eleven pieces in Mark Morris’s Sandpaper Ballet, onstage February 11–22.

At the end of the podcast, David performs a snippet of the piece with help from PR & Communications Manager Kate McKinney, who “chimes” in with the carriage return. 

To the Pointe: Classical (Re)Vision

Join Associate Director of Audience Development, Jennie Scholick, PhD for an exploration of the ballets on Program 2: Classical (Re)Vision. Hear from choreographer Stanton Welch and find out what to look for in his Bespoke, the rotating Director’s Choice ballets, and Mark Morris’s Sandpaper Ballet.

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Header Image: Jennifer Stahl and Carlo Di Lanno in Welch’s Bespoke // © Erik Tomasson