San Francisco Ballet Meet the Artist InterviewsAuthor: San Francisco Ballet
15 Aug 2018

San Francisco Ballet Meet the Artist Interviews

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A highly popular pre-performance discussion program, Meet the Artist Interviews spotlight the specific San Francisco Ballet repertory program to be performed that evening/afternoon. These highly informative talks feature Company dancers, guest artists, choreographers and conductors in conversation with a moderator. Meet the Artist Interviews last 30 minutes and take place in the War Memorial Opera House one hour before performance time on selected evenings and Sunday matinees. Meet the Artist Interviews are open to all ticket holders.

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    Frances Chung

    Frances Chung, named a principal dancer in 2009, discusses the challenges and pleasures of performing the role of Kitri in the full-length Don Quixote for the first time this season. She reminisces about her arrival at SFB as a very young dancer, after winning prizes in the Prix de Lausanne and the Adeline Genée Awards. She speaks about how each role in many different styles as enabled her to grow as an artist.

  • Posted on 06 Jun 2012

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    Patti Fitzpatrick

    Patti describes the process of creating the new costumes for Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote and explains the role of SF Ballet’s wardrobe department in preparing the costumes for performances. She also describes her preparations for the Company’s upcoming tours and the next repertory season, as well as the off-season maintenance required to keep costumes in top form.

  • Posted on 06 Jun 2012

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    Luke Willis

    Luke Willis discusses his unique start in ballet, and muses on his life and career in dance. He considers the pitfalls and the perks of being a professional dancer. The topics range from his take on the critical importance of social media in the arts today, to his thoughts about the varied roles that make dancing so satisfying. Finally, as a key birth date approaches for him, Luke reveals his post dance-career plans - which are quite surprising!

  • Posted on 06 Jun 2012

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    Jane Green

    Claire Sheridan, Founder of the LEAP Program at Saint Mary's College, interviews Jane Green, the Stage Manager for the San Francisco Ballet
    Jane describes her role as stage manager for SFB's performances in the Opera House, as well as when the company goes on tour. She provides insight into the creative aspects of the work, talks about calling cues for the most complicated ballets, and recognizes the skill and talent of the other professionals working backstage with her during a performance.

  • Posted on 06 Jun 2012

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    Dr. Beth Genné

    Professor Genné discusses the life of choreographer George Balanchine and his importance to the development of American Ballet. She describes his influences and inspirations as well as themes that emerge in his works before discussing in turn each of the ballets on the afternoon’s program: Divertimento No. 15, Scotch Symphony, and The Four Temperaments.

  • Posted on 24 Apr 2012

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