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Podcast Interviews with SFB


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For those not keeping up, there are a number of excellent, long Conversations on Dance interviews with SFB dancers, choreographers and staff dating from the time of the Unbound Festival.

Listen to podcast interviews with Ana Sophia Scheller, Dwight Roden, Mathilde Froustey, Katita Waldo, Christopher Wheelon, Justin Peck, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Sofiane Sylve, Dores Andre, Ulrik Birkkjaer, Myles Thatcher, Ben Freemantle and  Julia Rowe (that I can remember), so far. There may be more to come because Michael and Rebecca talked about recording something like 24 interviews total.

Here's a link to the Ana Sophia Scheller interview:
https://conversationsondancepod.com/2018/06/18/ana-sophia-scheller/

Main interview list:
https://conversationsondancepod.com/listen-now/

EDIT: I've gone back and added direct links to the individual interviews above, and here are links to Lauren Strongin, Trey McIntyre, Luke Ingham and Jennifer Stahl (there are a few interviews that are combined together to make a single podcast). The ones I found particularly entertaining or interesting: Froustey, Sylve, Waldo, Roden, Freemantle and McIntyre, and Christoper Wheeldon's story about he first came to New York is a great one. But every interview will likely have information that is new to the listener.

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Natasha Sheehan has been interviewed by King Ferraro and Breeden for Conversations on Dance:

https://conversationsondancepod.com/2018/10/26/natasha-sheehan/

"In today’s bonus episode we are continuing our coverage of San Francisco Ballet at the Kennedy Center as they showcase 6 works from the company’s Unbound: a festival of new works.  Today’s episode was recorded in April when we were in San Francisco as these works all premiered.  We talk with new corps member, Natasha Sheehan about training at San Francisco Ballet School, joining the company, and her blog about healthy eating and wellness."

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On 10/30/2018 at 10:38 AM, Helene said:

This week's Conversations on Dance podcast episode is an interview with Sasha de Sola from the Kennedy Center last week:

https://conversationsondancepod.com/2018/10/30/sasha-de-sola/

The interesting point for me was the supposition that dancers with Jazz and Tap training tend to be better turners and are more fearless doing "tricks".

It would be great to see a chart of major company principals that listed their early dance training, so we could confirm the correlation.  ;)

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I just listened to this and found her explanation interesting, that (for some students) jazz training might give the dancer "permission" to take on the learning of turns and jumps while one is young and fearless (and maybe not yet too caught up in self-editing and perfectionism) and that later on, ballet training/technique can be layered onto that base to build the full package with all the finesse, so to speak. They also mentioned Tiler Peck as an example of a "jazzerina".

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A couple of worthwhile Pointes of View podcasts from the end of last season:

Classical, Neoclassical, and Contemporary Ballet with Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets
https://sfb-pov.fireside.fm/67

Episode 66: Creating Unbound
SF Ballet Writer Cheryl Ossola discusses the behind-the-scenes work of Unbound with General Manager Debra Bernard, Production Director Christopher Dennis, and Ballet Master Anita Paciotti.
https://sfb-pov.fireside.fm/episodes

SFB has redesigned their video and audio pages:

https://sfballet.blog/category/listen/

https://sfballet.blog/category/videos/

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The Conversations on Dance interview with Madison Keesler is now available. I personally found her descriptions of life at the ENB and Hamburg Ballet to be very interesting. I had no idea how different the schedule at ENB would be from the SFB schedule. "In my 2nd year we did 8 months of Swan Lake shows..." Yikes!

She tells the story of being asked to learn the Juliet role at SFB (partnered by Joan Boada) to replace an injured lead, but the injured dancer returned and she wasn't able to perform as Juliet in the end.

Madison was also just interviewed by San Francisco KTVU Fox 2 about Don Quixote and the upcoming season:
(there is also footage of Mathilde Froustey dancing Kitri, and Sofiane Sylve)

https://www.ktvu.com/news/386319202-video

She's also going to be the host for this year's student matinees (makes sense to me - I think she's a good speaker)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs-4GhyhNFT/

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11 hours ago, pherank said:

The Conversations on Dance interview with Madison Keesler is now available. I personally found her descriptions of life at the ENB and Hamburg Ballet to be very interesting. I had no idea how different the schedule at ENB would be from the SFB schedule. "In my 2nd year we did 8 months of Swan Lake shows..." Yikes!

She tells the story of being asked to learn the Juliet role at SFB (partnered by Joan Boada) to replace an injured lead, but the injured dancer returned and she wasn't able to perform as Juliet in the end.

Madison was also just interviewed by San Francisco KTVU Fox 2 about Don Quixote and the upcoming season:
(there is also footage of Mathilde Froustey dancing Kitri, and Sofiane Sylve)

https://www.ktvu.com/news/386319202-video

She's also going to be the host for this year's student matinees (makes sense to me - I think she's a good speaker)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs-4GhyhNFT/

Thanks for posting the KTVU piece.  Madison had an IG post about it (https://www.instagram.com/p/BtQMn2PhGoB/) and I was going to try to search for it.

I agree she is a good speaker.  During last year's Unbound Festival there was a panel discussion at SFMOMA.  She was part of the panel with Sofiane Sylve and James Sofranko, and the moderators were beloved former SFB dancers Muriel Maffre and Pascal Molat.  I was impressed with Madison as I thought she gave very thoughtful responses and projected well, very well composed.

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In case anyone has forgotten about the SFB podcasts...the SFB blog and its various sections reside here:

https://sfballet.blog/

And there are a number of categories to peruse: "Read", "Listen", "Watch"...
Most of the pieces are short and to the point, but the Meet the Artist interviews can be more in-depth.

Here's all about playing the typewriter for Morris's Sandpaper Ballet:

https://sfballet.blog/2020/to-the-pointe-david-rosenthal/

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