Helgi Tomasson and Joseph Walsh on Oberon

Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Principal Dancer Joseph Walsh discuss the role of Oberon in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Join Helgi Tomasson and Joseph Walsh as they call in from shelter-in-place to discuss the role of Oberon. Learn about what it was like to dance for Balanchine and what it is that makes this role so very special.

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Header Image:  Joseph Walsh in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson

To the Pointe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

All You Need to Know About A Midsummer Night’s Dream Before You Go!

Join Jennie Scholick, PhD for a quick overview of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hear about the ballet’s creation in 1960s New York, revisit the story to figure out which dancer is Hermia and which one is Helena, and find out what to look for in this magical and mystical ballet!

Header Photo: Sasha De Sola and Vladislav Kozlov rehearsing Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © 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

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

To the Pointe: Cinderella

Join Jennie Scholick, PhD for a quick overview of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella©. Hear about the ballet’s creation, both in Soviet Russia and in San Francisco, revisit the story, and find out what to look for in this delightfully charming ballet!

Header Photo: Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Wheeldon’s Cinderella // © Erik Tomasson

To the Pointe: 2020 Season Preview

Join SF Ballet’s Jennie Scholick for a surprise summer season preview. Learn what SF Ballet’s up to this summer and what to look forward to on the 2020 season!
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Header image: San Francisco Ballet in Liang’s The Infinite Ocean // © Erik Tomasson

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To the Pointe: Shostakovich Trilogy

Join SF Ballet’s Jennie Scholick and Martin West and American Ballet Theatre’s Nancy Raffa for a deep dive into Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy, opening May 7. Learn about Ratmansky, Shostakovich, the ballet’s creation, and what to look for in this informative audio program note.

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Header image: SF Ballet in Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy // © Erik Tomasson

To the Pointe: The Little Mermaid

Join SF Ballet’s Jennie Scholick, PhD for a (not-too) deep dive into John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid. Learn about it’s creator, the plot, and what to look for in this engaging audio program note!

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Header image: Yuan Yuan Tan in Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid  // © Erik Tomasson