Monthly Archives: May 2015

Student Showcase 2015


At the end of every school year the San Francisco Ballet School students have the opportunity to bring their hard work to the stage in the annual  Student Showcase. Students from all the levels will present class demonstrations, culminating with performances by the SF Ballet Trainee Program. We sat down with trainees Natasha Sheehan and Francisco […]

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Bringing Swordsmanship to Life


Fight Director, Martino Pistone, has taught at American Conservatory Theater, California Institute of the Arts, The Juilliard School, New York University, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. His choreography credits include regional theaters across the country, SF Opera, The Public Theatre in New York, and many television shows and feature films. How long have you […]

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Romeo & Juliet: Music as Storyteller


Composer, violinist, violist, and program annotator, Matt Naughtin, has been the Music Librarian at San Francisco Ballet since 1997. He is also the author of Ballet Music: A Handbook, which describes the daily routine of a modern ballet company, outlines the respective roles of the conductor, company pianist and music librarian, and examines the complete […]

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Romeo & Juliet: Notes on the Music


What composer worth his salt wouldn’t jump at the chance to write a ballet score based on the most popular love story of all time, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? Well…Sergei Prokofiev for one. The play had already been used in 14 operas, Berlioz had made a dramatic symphony of it and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet […]

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