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Meet the Artist: Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba

Meet the Artist: Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba

Principal Dancers Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba on Onegin

Charles Chip Mc Neal, SF Ballet Director of Education interviews Principal Dancers, Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba. Charles Mc Neal and his guests discuss the new SF Ballet production of John Cranko’s ballet, Onegin. Van Patten and Vilanoba offer insight into their preparation for the lead roles of Tatiana and Onegin. Each considers the challenges and the joys of portraying these dramatic, iconic characters. They also discuss how the steps themselves are imbued with so much emotional depth, the expressive disposition of the characterizations are readily apparent—“The steps are the emotions.”

Header Image: Sarah Van Patten and Tiit Helimets in Cranko’s Onegin // © Erik Tomasson