26 episodes

Need something to listen to on your way to the theater? Join Jennie Scholick, PhD as she hosts To the Pointe, for an in-depth but light-hearted exploration of an upcoming performance. Learn what to look for, what’s important, and what you need to know to get the most out of your experience.

San Francisco Ballet - To The Pointe San Francisco Ballet Association

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9, 21 Ratings

Need something to listen to on your way to the theater? Join Jennie Scholick, PhD as she hosts To the Pointe, for an in-depth but light-hearted exploration of an upcoming performance. Learn what to look for, what’s important, and what you need to know to get the most out of your experience.

    Helgi Tomasson and Joseph Walsh on Oberon

    Helgi Tomasson and Joseph Walsh on Oberon

    Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Principal Dancer Joseph Walsh discuss the role of Oberon in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Join Helgi Tomasson and Joseph Walsh as they call in from shelter-in-place to discuss the role of Oberon. Learn about what it was like to dance for Balanchine and what it is that makes this role so very special.

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    Header Image:  Joseph Walsh in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson

    • 42 min
    To the Pointe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    To the Pointe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    All You Need to Know About A Midsummer Night’s Dream Before You Go!

    Join Jennie Scholick, PhD for a quick overview of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hear about the ballet’s creation in 1960s New York, revisit the story to figure out which dancer is Hermia and which one is Helena, and find out what to look for in this magical and mystical ballet!

    Header Photo: Sasha De Sola and Vladislav Kozlov rehearsing Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson

    • 14 min
    To the Pointe: Dance Innovations

    To the Pointe: Dance Innovations

    Join Associate Director of Audience Development, Jennie Scholick, PhD for a deep dive into the three ballets on Program 3: Dance Innovations. Hear from Edwaard Liang, Trey McIntyre, Johnny Eliason, and Lise Lander and find out what to look for in this exciting lineup of ballets.

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    Header Image: Yuan Yuan Tan and Vitor Luiz in Liang’s The Infinite Ocean // © Erik Tomasson

    • 22 min
    To The Pointe: David Rosenthal on “The Typewriter”

    To The Pointe: David Rosenthal on “The Typewriter”

    Gong, chimes, woodblocks…. typewriter? In this special edition of To The Pointe, David Rosenthal, SF Ballet Orchestra’s Principal Percussionist, discusses his role in “The Typewriter,”  composer Leroy Anderson’s most famous novelty number and one of eleven pieces in Mark Morris’s Sandpaper Ballet, onstage February 11–22.

    At the end of the podcast, David performs a snippet of the piece with help from PR & Communications Manager Kate McKinney, who “chimes” in with the carriage return. 

    • 9 min
    To the Pointe: Classical (Re)Vision

    To the Pointe: Classical (Re)Vision

    Join Associate Director of Audience Development, Jennie Scholick, PhD for an exploration of the ballets on Program 2: Classical (Re)Vision. Hear from choreographer Stanton Welch and find out what to look for in his Bespoke, the rotating Director’s Choice ballets, and Mark Morris’s Sandpaper Ballet.

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    Header Image: Jennifer Stahl and Carlo Di Lanno in Welch’s Bespoke // © Erik Tomasson

    • 13 min
    To the Pointe: Cinderella

    To the Pointe: Cinderella

    Join Jennie Scholick, PhD for a quick overview of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella©. Hear about the ballet’s creation, both in Soviet Russia and in San Francisco, revisit the story, and find out what to look for in this delightfully charming ballet!

    Header Photo: Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Wheeldon’s Cinderella // © Erik Tomasson

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Bjartur108 ,

Fix season 1- can’t play

I found this podcast because I wanted to learn more about ballet (coming from very little background knowledge ). I really enjoyed the season 2 episodes , but I wish I could listen to season 1 (it won’t play or download). Please fix this issue!

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Very entertaining and informative

Love it!

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Expanding knowledge

Terrific introduction to ballets and choreographers.

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