Maria Kochetkova as Gap model


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Hitting the stage with mobile devices, part of a national advertising campaign for Gap Inc. and Visa, may be new for Kochetkova, 30, but welcoming technology into something of a grand pas de deux with the discipline-obsessed world of ballet is not. Having a toe expertly en pointe in both realms is key to her rising status as a fashion darling capable of melding all the tradition of classical dance with tech savvy and a quirky, inventive sense of style.


Glass Pieces is a ballet made by New York City Ballet balletmaster Jerome Robbins to Philip Glass music


Glass Pieces is a ballet made by New York City Ballet balletmaster Jerome Robbins to Philip Glass’ Rubric and Façades from Glassworks and excerpts from his opera Akhnaten. The premiere took place on Thursday, May 12th, 1983, at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center. The production was designed by the choreographer and Ronald Bates, the costumes by Ben Benson and the lighting by Mr. Bates.

Georgina Pazcoguin and Adrian Danchig-Waring talk about how the corps makes the dance in this Robbins favorite with music by Philip Glass:


SF Ballet in Helgi Tomasson’s “Don Quixote”

The classic favorite returns! Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov’s thrilling and visually resplendent Don Quixote features some of the most virtuosic dancing in the classical repertory and a dazzling array of costumes by the late Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz. Don’t miss the funny and romantic ballet the Huffington Post called “a three-act collection of ‘tales of the lovelorn’ translated into eye-popping episodes of passion and frivolity, intimacy and spectacle…an impossible dream come true.”

SF Ballet in Helgi Tomasson’s “Giselle”

Perhaps George Balanchine said it best: “Like Hamlet, Giselle is a classic…people go to see Giselle and to see ballerinas dance it for the same reason we go to see new interpretations of Hamlet…we always discover something in it we hadn’t seen before.” Helgi Tomasson’s haunting Giselle showcases SF Ballet’s dancers in some of the most coveted roles in the classical repertory. Experience a new generation of artists in Giselle, an epic ballet that has captivated audiences for over 170 years.