Episode 133: Helgi 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

Episode 129: Anita Paciotti and Felipe Diaz

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.

Episode 126: Pierre-François Vilanoba

On the day of his last performance before retiring, Principal Dancer Pierre-François Vilanoba looks back on his 23-year career with Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. He talks about his entry into ballet, how his perspective on dance has changed over the years, what’s been most important to him, and what he’s looking forward to in the next stage of life.

Episode 125: Tiit Helimets

Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets discusses his roles in Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Edwaard Liang’s Symphonic Dances; his ongoing ties to his native country, Estonia; and his entrepreneurial endeavors, including a tour to Estonia with a small troupe (and documentary of that tour), a multimedia dance project at the de Young Museum, and private-label wines to support Estonian National Ballet’s visit to the U.S. in June 2013.

Header Image: Tiit Helimets in Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House // © Erik Tomasson