Words on Dance: A Conversation with Joanna Berman


Joanna Berman in de Mille's Rodeo (© Lloyd Englert)


On Monday October 22nd, I have the monumental pleasure of hosting a Words on Dance live conversation with former SFB principal dancer Joanna Berman!

When I joined San Francisco Ballet in 2000, I could tell immediately that Joanna was a very special dancer and person. From her magical performances on the stage, to the way she carried herself in rehearsals, to the way she treated me (a naive and silly first year corps member) and all her fellow dancers with respect, she became one of my favorite dancers in the company.  She spent her professional ballet career here at San Francisco Ballet where she danced all of the major classical roles as well as in numerous world premieres.  Her sensitive musicality was suited perfectly for Mark Morris ballets, and she shined also in pieces like Paul Taylor’s Company B as the Rum and Coca Cola girl and the cowgirl in De Mille’s Rodeo.

I will never forget the night I was inserted last minute into Sandpaper Ballet on tour in London at the Royal Opera House, and I was to dance with Joanna!  She was such a sweetheart and any nerves I had that night were only to do with my own premiere on the London stage, and not with partnering one of my idol dancers in the company.  I learned a lot from Joanna, and I know many of my fellow dancers did as well.  We watched her perfect blend of technique and artistry with a sense of awe.

On Monday night at the Vogue Theater, we will see some clips of Joanna’s career, and she and I will discuss her path through San Francisco and beyond, as well as field some questions from the audience.  If you have ever seen Joanna dance, you know how remarkable an artist she is.  If you missed her career on the stage, here is a chance to glimpse some of her remarkable performances caught on tape and a chance to hear her reflect on those very performances.  I trust that it will be a very engaging evening, and a rare insight into the life and thoughts of one of the most accomplished dance artists that San Francisco Ballet has ever seen.

I hope to see you there!

For tickets, please visit www.wordsondance.org.

Also on the program are short dance films and clips from other SFB dancers and bay area artists including Maria Kochetkova, Luke Willis, Shannon Roberts, Judy Flannery, Ronn Guidi, Kate Duhamel and Quinn Wharton.  It will be a full and rich evening!



Vogue Theater

3290 Sacramento St.

7:30 pm

Monday, October 22


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