A Change of Scenery – Mathilde Froustey in San Francisco
By Leigh Witchell
French dancer Mathilde Froustey was looking for a new perspective on her dancing. Last season, the 29-year-old soloist at Paris Opera Ballet joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer for a year, an experience that has suited her so well she’s decided to stay a second. This month, accompanying SFB, she’s headed back to Paris to give it a taste of what she’s been up to.
With long limbs and a light, effervescent presence onstage, American balletomanes could mistake Froustey for one of us. Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson might agree. "When I saw Mathilde dance for the first time,” he recalls, “There was something beyond her impeccable technique that made me think she could adapt well to our company and repertory...
Mathilde Froustey in Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique © Erik Tomasson /Mathilde Froustey and Davit Karapetyan in Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Cl Giselle, San Francisco Ballet © Erik Tomasson assique. © Erik Tomasson