We want to thank everyone who made it to the SF Ballet Dancers evening at The Phoenix Hotel! We hope you enjoyed the videos and the company of Pascal Molat throughout the evening. There were over 250 of you who showed up, if we did not get a chance to chat please reach out.
We are excited and inspired by the interest shown and will explore possibilities of showcasing the videos in other projects, possibly projecting them in larger spaces.
Check out all the dancers' videos. They are now up at The Otherside.
"REALLY BEAUTIFUL FOOTAGE"Thomas Weitz from San Francisco Ballet
The videos depict three SF Ballet Dancers and their exceptional talent:
Pascal Molat is a native of Paris, France. He trained at Paris Opéra Ballet School and danced with Royal Ballet of Flanders and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo before joining the San Francisco Ballet on 2002. The following year was promoted to principle dancer.
Dores Andre was Born in Vigo, Spain, She trained with Antonio Almenara and at Estudio de Danza de Maria Avila. She joined the Company in 2004 and 2015 was promoted to principle dancer in 2015
Kamryn Baldwin was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and trained at Hawaii State Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet Academy. She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2015.
HOW IT CAME TO BE
When you get a chance to work with dancers from the San Francisco Ballet you pretty much jump up with excitement. I met Pascal Molat through my wife at her school, she mentioned that he was retiring after 14 years at the Ballet and was looking to pursue new adventures.
We had a job line up but it fell through and I was bitterly disappointed, I didn’t want to let this wonderful opportunity pass so we decided to do this personal project together.
I always see these beautiful photos on the buses of dancers suspending in the air, effortless as if time stood still and so I wanted to capture that moment but in slow motion video. I worked with Braden Summers, wonderful photographer who had an eye for clothing and composition, he was the DP on the shoot.
We shot at 16th street Station in Oakland, at a derelict train station one for three hours. The final pieces are completely different from the shoot.
That day everything was brown and vanilla and I wanted to get away from that classic ballet look and turn it dark and moody.
I hope one day we can get do a large scale video wall or projections!
Jayson Tang - Creative Director at The Otherside