San Francisco Ballet Artist SpotlightAuthor: San Francisco Ballet
18 Aug 2018

San Francisco Ballet Artist Spotlight

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San Francisco Ballet dancers come from an extraordinarily diverse range of backgrounds. Learn more about the influences that shaped the world-class performers you see onstage by listening to our Artist Spotlight podcasts, featuring conversations with Company dancers.

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    Artist Spotlight on Nicolas Blanc (Enhanced Podcast)

    Principal dancer Nicolas Blanc was born in Montauban, France. His training included work at Paris Opera Ballet School, and before joining San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2003 he danced with Zurich Ballet, among other companies. He was promoted to principal dancer in 2004, after just one year with San Francisco Ballet. Blanc has danced principal roles in Balanchine's Symphony in C and The Four Temperaments, and created roles in a number of works including Tomasson's 7 for Eight and Blue Rose as well as Possokhov's Study in Motion and Wheeldon's Quaternary. Here he talks about the ballet's 75th Anniversary Season, his interest in choreography, and his dreams for the future.

  • Posted on 07 Oct 2008

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    Artist Spotlight on Nicolas Blanc (Audio only Podcast)

    Principal dancer Nicolas Blanc was born in Montauban, France. His training included work at Paris Opera Ballet School, and before joining San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2003 he danced with Zurich Ballet, among other companies. He was promoted to principal dancer in 2004, after just one year with San Francisco Ballet. Blanc has danced principal roles in Balanchine's Symphony in C and The Four Temperaments, and created roles in a number of works including Tomasson's 7 for Eight and Blue Rose as well as Possokhov's Study in Motion and Wheeldon's Quaternary. Here he talks about the ballet's 75th Anniversary Season, his interest in choreography, and his dreams for the future.

  • Posted on 07 Oct 2008

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    Artist Spotlight on Maria Kochetkova (Enhanced Podcast)

    Maria Kochetkova joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2007. She trained at the Bolshoi School in Moscow and danced with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and the Russian State Ballet as a guest artist before joining the Company. The many honors Ms. Kochetkova has received include a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Seoul, Korea, in 2005 and a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg, 2003, and she was a winner of the Prix de Lausanne, 2002. Here she talks about the transition to San Francisco and how her background shaped the dancer she is today.

  • Posted on 15 Jul 2008

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    Artist Spotlight on Maria Kochetkova (Audio only Podcast)

    Maria Kochetkova joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2007. She trained at the Bolshoi School in Moscow and danced with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and the Russian State Ballet as a guest artist before joining the Company. The many honors Ms. Kochetkova has received include a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Seoul, Korea, in 2005 and a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg, 2003, and she was a winner of the Prix de Lausanne, 2002. Here she talks about the transition to San Francisco and how her background shaped the dancer she is today.

  • Posted on 15 Jul 2008

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    Artist Spotlight on Pierre-Fran├žois Vilanoba (Enhanced Podcast)

    Vilanoba talks about his training at the prestigious Paris Opéra Ballet School, his challenging new role as an academic student, and the works he’s most looking forward to in the upcoming 75th Anniversary Season.

  • Posted on 05 Feb 2008

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