Photo Credit: Erik Tomasson

SOFIANE SYLVE

Artistic Director, BSA Director, SBSA

Hometown:
Nice, France

Joined BSA:
2020

Sofiane Sylve was born in Nice, France, where she studied at the Académie de Dance. She was a Principal dancer with Germany’s Stadttheater, Dutch National Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Semperoper Ballett. During the 2020/21 season she became a ballet mistress with the Semperoper Ballett as well as the Artistic Advisor for Ballet San Antonio and in the 2021-22 season, will become the full-time Artistic Director of Ballet San Antonio and Director of the School of Ballet San Antonio.

Sylve’s repertory includes: Swan Lake (Odette/Odile) by Van Dantzig, Deane, Tomasson, Martins; Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha) by Wright, Tomasson; Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) by Wright; La Sylphide (The Sylph) by Bournonville; Cinderella (Cinderella) by Ashton; Onegin (Tatiana) by Cranko; Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) by Van Dantzig; The Nutcracker (Sugarplum fairy) by Eagling, Balanchine, Tomasson; La Bayadere (Nikya, Gamzatti) by Makarova; Raymonda (Raymonda) by Nureyev; Don Quixote (Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads) by Tomasson/Possokhov; Etudes (Ballerina) by Lander; Suite en Blanc (Cigarette, La Flute) by Lifar; Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Agon, Serenade, Theme and Variations, Ballet Imperial, Prodigal Son, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Western Symphony, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Duo Concertante, Allegro Brillante, Union Jack, Stars and Stripes, Cortege Hongrois, La Sonnambula, Symphony in Three Movements, Apollo, Brahams-Shoneberg Quartet, Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik n.2, La Valse, Firebird, Symphony in C and Who Cares? by Balanchine; Dances at a Gathering, In the Night, The Cage, Andantino, The Concert and Glass Pieces by Robbins; Artifact, Artifact Suite, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by Forsythe; Piano Concerto, Seven Sonatas and Carnaval des Animaux by Ratmansky; Continuum, There Where She Will Be Loved by Wheeldon; Voluntaries, Pierrot Lunaire by Tetley; Les Presages, Choreartrium by Massine; Five Tangos, Adagio Hammerklavier, Sarcasm, Metaphor, Variations for Two Couples by Van Manen; Chroma, Eden Eden by McGregor.

Sylve originated lead roles in: A Million Kisses to My Skin, The Grey Area, Anima Animus by Dawson; From Foreign Lands, Russian Seasons by Ratmansky; Pas/Parts 2016 by Forsythe. After the Rain, Number Nine, Ghosts by Wheeldon; Three Pieces for Het by Van Manen; Fearful Symmetries by Scarlett; Symphonic Dances, The Infinite Ocean by Liang; Unsaid by Rowe; Two united in a single soul by Possokhov; Borderlands by McGregor.    

As a guest artist, Sylve has danced with numerous international companies such as: English National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Australian Ballet, Hungarian Ballet, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and Het Nationale Ballet.

During her time with the San Francisco Ballet, she was a Guest Faculty Teacher with the San Francisco Ballet School, where she taught classes to students of all ages. Similarly, she was a guest teacher with The Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Ballet Met, Charlotte Ballet, Tivoli Ballet, Ballet Society Vancouver, Ballet West; and schools like: Charlotte Ballet School, Ballet West School and Palucca School. She served as teacher/coach at Indianapolis International Ballet Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana, YAGP and California Dance Classic Competition in Los Angeles.