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San Francisco Ballet's principal dancer Sofiane Sylve tweeted this video, which apparently has won a first prize (well, she says 'price'), though she doesn't say where.

I have no idea what's going on here, but Ms. Sylve could probably make walking across the street in a thunderstorm while carrying three bags of groceries look like a work of art, so maybe it doesn't really matter what's going on.

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San Francisco Ballet's principal dancer Sofiane Sylve tweeted this video, which apparently has won a first prize (well, she says 'price'), though she doesn't say where.

I have no idea what's going on here, but Ms. Sylve could probably make walking across the street in a thunderstorm while carrying three bags of groceries look like a work of art, so maybe it doesn't really matter what's going on.

This was interesting PeggyR - I happened to see the link on her Facebook page. The dancing is certainly only part of things: the fashions and the video editing are obviously a big part of this multi-media effort. I'm not sure either what prize was won for the video. ;)

I'm wondering who did the choreography - Sylve?

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It can be difficult to find footage of Sylve dancing, so I was happy to come across these videos online:

Sofiane Sylve and Vito Mazzeo in Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake Third Act

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wOACzu2iL0


Sofiane Sylve and Carlo Di Lanno in Italy (La Scala?)
>> Some live footage of the pair as well as an interview in Italian and French

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HlMxLWtN98


Sofiane Sylve and Vito Mazzeo in Wheeldon's Continuum pas de deux

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogFegyPbAaE

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Sofiane Sylve Artist Spotlight video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3i7qoZcNoE

Actually quite interesting as these "Artist Spotlights" go - I didn't realize how involved she was in teaching (though I knew she was guesting with the SFB school). It seems pretty clear that she has another career ahead of her.

I just saw Sylve as the "Tall Girl" in Rubies - Sofiane commands the stage in a way that no one else at SFB quite matches.

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Here's a great "blast form the past": Sofiane at NYCB, and Baryshnikov is with them, talking about her dancing life:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5KTdhpBezQ

 

Note the "Property of Alcatraz" t-shirt. How's that for a glimpse into the future?!

Her description of the constantly changing repertoire/roles at NYCB gives an indication of why she would move on to SFB - where she is still able to perform in classic story ballets, while also being part of the creation of new ballets, each year.

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A brief video of Sofiane's cover shot for Dance Magazine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2coBQvcHKA


And a rare "dinner with Sofiane" who is an ambassador for Farm Sanctuary. I think this is the longest conversation with Sofiane that I've seen aside from any "Meet the Artist" interviews preceding ballets.

"Recently, Sofiane invited two of her fellow company members (Alexandre Cagnat and Davide Occhipinto) to share a #CompassionateMeal with her. Here, these friends enjoy a delicious vegan meal together and discuss the benefits of plant-based eating, both for their dance careers and for the animals!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHxQr8GBkdQ

 

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Something I hadn't seen before: Sofiane at a Q&A with Ballet West students (Master Class Guest Teacher Series):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bexEmbPoDw4

This made me laugh - after giving her history in the ballet world (I remember that she was a professional dancer at 15 and possibly even 14 years of age) Sofiane adds, "Long journey. And I'm a hundred and two but I look great, right?" (big smile)

An interesting observation about mental stress and its effects on the dancer's body: "if I look at all the European dancers that have moved to the U.S., within the first 6 to 8 months - people get injured." (she suffered neck injury early in her time with NYCB)

 

 

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So many great links...thank you to all who posted. :) Sylve is a compelling personality/dancer, and I will look forward to watching these videos over the weekend.

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