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Anita Paciotti on Dances at a Gathering


Ballet Master and Principal Character Dancer Anita Paciotti studied at the SF Ballet School and joined the Company in 1968. She became a rehearsal assistant in 1982, and Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson appointed Paciotti principal character dancer in 1987. Four years later, she was promoted to ballet master and is currently responsible for staging and rehearsing […]

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Who is Jerome Robbins?


Jerome Robbins (1918-1998), one of the major forces in twentieth-century performing arts, was often praised for seamlessly crossing over from the ballet world into theater, movies, and television—and back to ballet. His works are still performed on stages around the world, not only by ballet companies, but also at countless musical theater venues. A prolific choreographer, he […]

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The Rich History of Swan Lake


Swan Lake dates back to 1877, when Julius Reisinger choreographed the ballet for the Bolshoi Theatre. The ballet was set to a score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who had never composed for ballet before. While the ballet did not initially have much success, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov produced a new production twenty years later, that […]

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Combing the Archives with Muriel Maffre: Nutcracker History – Part 2


 Muriel Maffre was a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet from 1990-2007. After retiring, she received a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College of Moraga and an M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University. She is currently the executive director at the Museum of Performance + Design in San Francisco. For this […]

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