Ricardo Bustamante talks about staging Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy at San Francisco Ballet.
"All the information comes to us via Nancy Raffa, who is a choreologist and répétiteur -- the person in charge of staging it and teaching us the choreography. That's where I come in. I'm not the only ballet master to this. We divided the task of the three. In Symphony No. 9, the person I work with, to inherit the work, is Katita Waldo. The division is that Katita takes care of the corps and I take care of the principals. For the Chamber Symphony, Anita Paciotti has the corps and I have the principals. That makes it easier, more possible. I'm not in charge of Piano Concerto. It is sublime music, but there is no story to it. it's very important to have two ballet masters. I'm taking care of the drama while the corps is creating a very different picture. It's a lot to assimilate!"