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Pianist Stewart Goodyear -- on 'The Nutcracker'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.24.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear's new recording - The Nutcracker, Complete Ballet Arranged for Solo Piano - is the best new thing in Tchaikovsky...

Romeo and Juliet, Together Again, Thanks to San Francisco Ballet

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 05.09.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

When a company's principal dancers and soloists are this excellent, your choice of casts often comes down to those whose acting ability or personal style/charisma grabs you.

Outbursts of Genius in San Francisco Ballet's Romeo and Juliet

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Helgi Tomasson's Romeo and Juliet made a comeback at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House last night, buoyed by a vivid and sensitive performance of the Prokofiev score by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, under the electrifying baton of Martin West.

Helgi Tomasson on His 'Romeo and Juliet' - An Anniversary at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.01.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Ballet finishes its programs at the War Memorial Opera House with eleven performances of Helgi Tomasson's Romeo and Juliet beginning Friday, May 1 and concluding Sunday, May 10.

In Conversation With Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan -- San Francisco Ballet's 'Shostakovich'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Since joining San Francisco Ballet, Davit has danced all the leading roles in the major story ballets and a vast number of modern works.

A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist With San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.26.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet's 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House.

Oh, What a Night: Don Quixote Returns to San Francisco Ballet

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

This is a ballet to which I would take anyone who is new to the art form. Most of the dancing takes place in the sun-filled village square into which Don Quixote and Sancho Panza wander, on a (live) horse and mule, in their quest for adventures in chivalry.

A Conversation With Luke Ingham, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Luke appeared as the Nutcracker Prince in this season's opening night performance of the Tchaikovsky favorite. Yuan Yuan Tan joined him in the brilliant Grand Pas de Deux of Act II. The duo proved dynamic. "I'm at the stage where I still really enjoy doing Nutcracker," he said.

A Heavenly Match: Jerome Robbins and Liam Scarlett at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.30.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The sight never fails to thrill: like an exceptionally bright star, the Space Station zooms across the sky at nearly five miles per second, manned by American, Russian, European and Japanese astronauts who spend their days conducting scientific research and testing the effects of zero gravity on their bodies

Myles Thatcher -- Profile of an Upcoming Dancer and Choreographer

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Myles Thatcher's skills and growing reputation as a promising choreographer have been recognized and honored by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Robin Wilkey

PHOTOS: San Francisco Ballet Celebrates 80th Season With Opening Night Gala | Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.25.2013 | San Francisco

"It's rare for me to be here mid-week," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala on Thursday night. ...

Celebrating the Joffrey Ballet

George Heymont | Posted 05.29.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-03-29-Screenshot20120329at10.10.20AM.jpgBallet fans will want to get their hands on Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, a thrilling new documentary.

Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet' - A Sumptuous Revival at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.08.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The San Francisco Ballet lifts Shakespeare's complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime.

PHOTOS: Celebs Dazzle At The Ballet's Opening Gala

Carly Schwartz | Posted 03.25.2012 | San Francisco

Winter storms didn't keep the city's elite from descending on City Hall Thursday evening for the opening of the 79th season of the San Francisco Balle...

The City's Principal Dancer Talks The Ballet, His Workout Routine And Why He Loves SF

Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.30.2012 | San Francisco

On Thursday, the San Francisco Ballet celebrates the opening of its 78th season, making it the oldest professional ballet company in the country. ...

On to Onegin!

Katita Waldo | Posted 11.12.2011 | San Francisco
Katita Waldo

We just finished three weeks with Jane Bourne, choreologist for Stuttgart Ballet. She was here to set John Cranko's Onegin. The ballet is both a dancer's and an actor's dream.