Monthly Archives: March 2013

Into The Orchestra Pit: An Interview With Conductor Martin West


SF Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West was interviewed yesterday on KALW Radio’s Open Air show, where he chatted with host David Latulippe about his orchestra career (which began on the triangle aged four) and what audiences can look forward to for the rest of our performance season. Listen to the interview here on […]

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Throwback Thursday: From the Archives 3/28


This week, we’re looking back to 1947 SF Ballet’s incomparable Jocelyn Vollmar in Willam Christensen’s Swan Lake:  

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Company Class Primer


Ever wonder how we warm-up for our day here at SF Ballet? It’s all thanks to Company class: a period of one hour and fifteen minutes in the morning dedicated to the Company dancers. All of us take this class and sometimes the kids from the school attend if they’re in select rehearsals. Company class […]

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Onegin: Timing is Everything


  I’m not sure I could sum up the plot of Onegin in song titles, but it does remind me of my favorite book on opera, French psychoanalytic critic/philosopher/opera lover Catherine Clément, whose book Opera, of the Undoing of Women must be the most idiosyncratic work about the art form. For Clément, the Tchaikovsky version […]

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