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The San Francisco Ballet Blog has moved

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The San Francisco Ballet Blog has moved has moved. We’ve transferred most of the posts from this website to a new section on our website called EXPLORE. There, we’ll continue to share interviews, insights, and history about our extraordinary art form. You’ll also be able to listen to podcasts and watch videos about the Company, our artists, and the […]

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Onegin Costumes: Metallic, Lace & Organza!

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For this production of Onegin, Santo Loquasto redesigned the costumes from what was originally created by Jurgen Rose, who did the original costumes in 1965. Santo chose to redesign them because the material was fragile, and actually deteriorating! I personally have had a long relationship with Santo that goes back to 22 years! He’s famous […]

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The Bus Swims Too!

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During the summer of 2014, SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov and Composer Shinji Eshima asked me to create the animation for Yuri’s new ballet, Swimmer. Yuri’s intricate vision for the piece was a tall order for the multi-media projections and animations. For starters, the ballet is set in the 1960’s and Yuri had a number […]

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The Meaning of Mime

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Choreography is more than steps–it conveys meaning and emotion. But in many ballets–especially full-length works or those with a plot–mime (most likely borrowed from that used in 16th-century commedia dell’arte) provides more nuanced information that choreography can’t. Context is important; for example, the gesture for “marry” could mean “marry me” or “I’m engaged.” Watch for these common […]

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