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SFB Classes & Events 2021 (digital season)


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New for 2021 -

You just saw an amazing show. Want to chat about it?

"Join SF Ballet’s Audience Engagement staff to chat about what you just saw. This isn’t an artist interview and it’s not an expert telling you what to think. It’s a chance to have a glass of wine, mingle with fellow ballet fans, and participate in an informal moderated conversation."

https://www.sfballet.org/productions/ballet-chat/

Dates:

    January 28: Midsummer Night’s Dream
    February 18: Program 2
    March 11: Program 3
    April 8: Jewels
    April 29: Program 5
    May 13: Romeo & Juliet
    May 27: Swan Lake

Time: 6:00–7:00 PM

Location:

Online via ZOOM

Cost:

    Zoom: General Admission $8
    Donors and subscribers get these programs for a reduced rate or for free!

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The Ballet Book Club is back:

"Ever wondered about the literature behind the ballets? Or wanted an excuse to delve a little deeper into everyone’s favorite story ballets? Join SF Ballet’s Audience Engagement team for a chance to do exactly that and take a deep dive into the literature behind the ballet."

https://www.sfballet.org/productions/ballet-book-club-2/

Date:

    January 26, 2021: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    March 9, 2021: The Swimmer
    April 27, 2021: Mrs. Robinson / The Graduate
    May 11, 2021: Romeo & Juliet

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: General Admission: $15
Donors and subscribers get these programs for a reduced rate or for free!

Classes go off sale at 10 am the morning of the event and Zoom links will be sent shortly thereafter.

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Pointes of View lecture series

Schedule: Wednesday afternoons at 2 pm PST

Location: Online via Facebook and YouTube


January 27, Program 1

SF Ballet’s 2021 Season is unlike any that has come before. Join SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, Executive Director Kelly Tweeddale and choreographers Myles Thatcher and Danielle Rowe to hear how they pivoted to create this year’s digital season.

February 17, Program 2

SF Ballet’s 2021 Visiting Scholar, Nyama McCarthy-Brown, shares her research.

March 10, Program 3

SF Ballet’s 2020 Scholar-in-Residence Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD gives insight into Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphony #9.

April 7, Jewels

George Balanchine’s Jewels is a study in contrasts: three composers, three styles, three moods. Company dancers discuss the details of Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds and what makes each section of this ballet distinct.

April 28, Program 5

Program 5 features three works created here in San Francisco. Join Company dancers who were part of the creation process for these three ballets to learn what it was like to work with Helgi Tomasson, Cathy Marston, and David Dawson in the studio.

May 12, Romeo & Juliet

What does it take to bring Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet to life? Find out from Production Stage Manager Jane Green, Fight Director Martino Pistone, and Ballet Master and Principal Character Dancer Anita Paciotti as they discuss the various elements that must come together to create this production.

May 26, Swan Lake

Join Helgi Tomasson to learn about his iconic production of Swan Lake.


https://www.sfballet.org/calendar/pointes-of-view-lecture-series/

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Announcement from SFB:

San Francisco Ballet is pleased to usher in the Year of the Ox
 

 

Lunar New Year Celebration
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 7 pm

 

Join San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Wei Wang as he speaks with Artists of the Company to discuss their cultural traditions and Lunar New Year memories.

Registration is required to attend this Zoom event.

 
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Reminder: SFB's Ballet Chat series begins tonight.

January 28: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Time: 6:00–7:00 PM PST

Location:

Online via ZOOM

Cost:

    Zoom: General Admission $8
    Donors and subscribers get these programs for a reduced rate or for free!

https://www.sfballet.org/productions/ballet-chat/

EDIT: I checked and tonight's event does seem to be sold out - there is no option to purchase tickets for January 28. The next chat is on February 18th and that date is still available for ticket purchase.

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Updated information on the remaining Pointes of View lectures:
https://www.sfballet.org/calendar/pointes-of-view-lecture-series/

February 17, Program 2 – LIVE

SF Ballet’s 2021 Visiting Scholar, Nyama McCarthy-Brown, PhD, presents her research, Skin Colored Pointes: Women of Color in Ballet.

March 10, Program 3 – PrE-RECORDED 2/23

SF Ballet’s 2020 Scholar-in-Residence Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD gives insight into Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphony #9. In conversation with SF Ballet Principal Dancer Dores André and Soloist Jahna Frantziskonis.

April 7, Jewels Pre-RECORDED 3/23

George Balanchine’s Jewels is a study in contrasts: three composers, three styles, three moods. SF Ballet Principal Dancer Sasha De Sola and SF Ballet Faculty Member and Former Principal Dancer Pascal Molat discuss the details of EmeraldsRubies, and Diamonds and what makes each section of this ballet distinct.

April 28, Program 5 – LIVE

Program 5 features three works created here in San Francisco. Join Company dancers Tiit Helimets, Elizabeth Mateer, and Joseph Walsh, who were part of the creation process for these three ballets, to learn what it was like to work with Helgi Tomasson, Cathy Marston, and David Dawson in the studio.

May 12, Romeo & Juliet – LIVE

What does it take to bring Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet to life? Find out from Production Stage Manager Jane Green, Fight Director Martino Pistone, and Ballet Master and Principal Character Dancer Anita Paciotti as they discuss the various elements that must come together to create this production.

May 26, Swan Lake Pre-Recorded 5/12

Join Helgi Tomasson to learn about his iconic production of Swan Lake.

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Still to come...Exploring Ballet seminars:

Session 1: Exploring the Creative Process
        Featuring James Steichen, PhD, historian of the performing arts, and Choreographer Danielle Rowe and Choreographer and Soloist Myles Thatcher

Session 2: Exploring Romeo and Juliet
        Featuring Simon Morrison, music historian and author, with artists of SF Ballet

Session 3: Exploring Swan Lake
        Featuring Alastair Macaulay, critic and historian of the performing arts, former chief dance critic of The New York Times, along with Company artists

The participating company artists are yet to be announced, but I'll guess that Mathilde Froustey is a possibility for Romeo & Juilet, while Swan Lake is more wide-open. Could be the artist leads from the archived film we will be seeing this season, or could be Nikisha Fogo, Or? Hard to guess. Whoever it is, they get to face off with Alastair Macaulay.

Dates:

    March 2: Exploring the Creative Process
    May 4: Exploring Romeo and Juliet
    May 18: Exploring Swan Lake

Time: 6:00–7:30 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: General Admission: $30
Donors and subscribers get these programs for a reduced rate or for free!

Classes go off sale at 10 am the morning of the event and Zoom links will be sent shortly thereafter.

https://www.sfballet.org/productions/exploring-ballet/

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Free Pointes of View Lectures
On the first Wednesday after each SF Ballet Digital Program premieres, listen to a free interview on the SF Ballet Facebook page and YouTube channel.

March 10 includes Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD, Dores André and Jahna Frantziskonis on Program 03. 
On April 7, Sasha De Sola, Sasha Mukhamedov, and Pascal Molat discuss Jewels.
And April 28, join Tiit Helimets, Elizabeth Mateer, and Joseph Walsh on Program 05.

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SF Ballet and NYCB on Jewels
On Saturday, April 10, join SF Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson in conversation with former New York City Ballet principal dancers Kay Mazzo, Mimi Paul, and Edward Villella as they share their thoughts on Balanchine’s iconic ballet Jewels. 
Tickets are $20, and donors get $5 off classes.
 
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1 hour ago, Phrenchphry11 said:

WOW those are incredible!!!  "Price on request"... that can't be a good sign.

I think this is a case of - if you have to ask for the price, it's not for you.  ;)

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SFB sent out an e-mail today updating their current event list...

Thursday, March 4
Opening Night Series, Program 3 | 5:30 - 6 pm
Exclusive for donors at the Sponsor's Council+ levels and for patrons who donated back their full subscription.

This event will be hosted as a Zoom webinar in the presentation-style format. During this event, guests will hear from artists of the Company for short interviews and Q&As. 

 

 
 
 

 

Thursday, March 4
Ballet Sponsor Night, Program 3 | 6 - 6:45 pm
Exclusive for donors at the Sponsor's Council+ levels.

This event will immediately follow the Opening Night Series and will be held as a separate Zoom event. During this event, donors and sponsors will have chance to meet and interact with our artists in more depth, as this event will be smaller and in a meeting-style format. 

 

 
 
 

 

Friday, March 5
Le Grand Pre-Curtain Dinner | 7:30 pm
Exclusive for donors at the Choreographer's Council+ levels.

Celebrating the world premiere of Danielle Rowe’s Wooden Dimes with a delivered meal and discussion with our Company artists. Registration for this event has closed.

 

 
 
 

 

Tuesday, March 9
Book Club: The Swimmer | 6 - 7:30 pm
Ticketed event. Friends of San Francisco Ballet are able to attend at a discounted rate; discount is applied in cart.

Join SF Ballet’s Audience Engagement team for a chance to take a deep dive into the literature behind Yuri Possokhov's Swimmer. 

 

 
 
 

 

Wednesday, March 10
Pointes of View Lecture Series | 2 pm
Free and open to the public.

Visiting Scholar Carrie Gaiser Casey PhD discusses Ratmansky's Symphony #9. 

 

 
 
 

 

Thursday, March 11
Ballet Chat, Program 3 | 6 - 7 pm
Ticketed event. Friends of San Francisco Ballet are able to attend at a discounted rate; discount is applied in cart.

Join SF Ballet’s Audience Engagement team to chat about what you just saw. This isn’t an artist interview, nor is it an expert telling you what to think. It’s a chance to have a glass of wine, mingle with fellow ballet fans, and participate in an informal moderated conversation.

 

 
 
 

 

Saturday, March 13
Company Class | 1 pm
Exclusive for donors at the Supporter+ levels, Jocelyn Vollmar Legacy Circle, and patrons who donated back their full subscription. 

During this three-part video series, guests will have the opportunity to view different "pods" of dancers warming up for their day in the studio. The Company Class video link will be sent to you by rsvp@sfballet.org, and you will have 5 days to view. 

 

 
 
 

 

Wednesday, March 24
Studio Rehearsal | 12 pm
Exclusive for Jocelyn Vollmar Legacy Circle and Christensen Society (Associate's Council+) members.

During this four-part video series, guests will have the opportunity to view rehearsals from some of the new dance films that are premiering during the 2021 Digital Season. The Studio Rehearsal video link will be sent to you by rsvp@sfballet.org, and you will have 5 days to view. 

 

 
 
 

 

Wednesday, March 24
Intermezzo Lounge Evening | 6 - 7 pm
Exclusive for Christensen Society members (Associate’s Council+ levels). 

Join us in a virtual version of one of our most cherished spaces in the War Memorial Opera House! Guests will have the chance to discuss the Season and sit alongside familiar faces from the Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Intermezzo Lounge.

 

 
 
 

 

*Dates are subject to change

What membership level am I? 
Log into your account and scroll down to Membership to find out. 

MEMBERSHIP LEVEL KEY
Artistic Director's Council
Grand Benefactor ($250,000+)
 
Artistic Director’s Council ($100,000 - $249,999) 

Chairman's Council
Producer's Council ($75,000
 - $99,999) 
Presenter's Council ($50,000 - $74,999) 
Sponsor's Council ($25,000 - $49,999) 
Chairman’s Council ($15,000 - $99,999)

Christensen Society
Choreographer’s Council ($7,500 - $14,999) 
Dancer’s Council ($5,000 - $7,499) 
Associate’s Council ($2,500 - $4,999) 

Friends of SF Ballet 
Patron ($1,000 - $2,499) 
Supporter ($500 - $999) 
Contributor ($200 - $499) 

Jocelyn Vollmar Legacy Circle (Planned Giving) 
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For the record...

The updated artist guests for the 2021 Exploring Ballet seminars were/are:

Session 1: Exploring the Creative Process

Featuring James Steichen, PhD, historian of the performing arts, and Choreographer Danielle Rowe and Choreographer and Soloist Myles Thatcher

Session 2: Exploring Romeo and Juliet

Featuring Simon Morrison, music historian and author, with SF Ballet Principal Dancers Mathilde Froustey and Joseph Walsh

Session 3: Exploring Swan Lake

Featuring Alastair Macaulay, critic and historian of the performing arts, former chief dance critic of The New York Times, along with SF Ballet Principal Dancer Jennifer Stahl and Soloist Julia Rowe

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BALLET INSIGHTS

This year San Francisco Ballet’s Audience Engagement program Ballet Insights examines a small selection of 20th Century Greats. We take an in-depth look into famous innovators and star artists and ask who they are, why they are celebrated (or not), and what contributions they made to dance and ballet. Join us for one or all three sessions of Ballet Insights which includes a lecture followed by a panel discussion. All sessions are on zoom and end with Q&A so you will have a chance to ask your questions.

    Session 1, October 17: Great Pop Stars of Ballet: Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov
        Panelists include SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, Ballet Master & Assistant to the Artistic Director Ricardo Bustamante, and former SFB Principal Dancer Karin Averty
        Lecture by Dance Educator Claire Sheridan

    Session 2, October 24: Who gets to be great? Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth Page, Josephine Baker, and other pioneering artists who met obstacles related to gender and race.
        Panelists include Dance Historian and Author Lynn Garafola, Dance Researcher on Equity and Diversity in Ballet Brandye Lee, and Choreographer Claudia Schreier.
        Lecture by Dance Historian and Author Jennifer Fisher

    Session 3, October 31: Great American ballet dancer and teacher: Arthur Mitchell and his legacy
        Panelists include Dance Theatre of Harlem's Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and former Resident Choreographer and Principal Dancer Robert Garland.
        Lecture by Dance Historian and Author James Steichen

Look for the orange "Buy Tickets" button on this page:

https://www.sfballet.org/productions/ballet-insights/

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