Maria Kochetkova in Helgi Tomasson's Trio // © Erik Tomasson

Maria Kochetkova is Leaving San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet star Maria Kochetkova just announced that she'll be leaving the company at the end of this season, after the much-anticipated Unbound Festival. The exact date will be announced later.

Kochetkova has been with SFB for 11 years as a principal dancer, ever since artistic director Helgi Tomasson plucked her from the English National Ballet corps. Today, she is a bonafide superstar, making frequent guest appearances around the world. Her 171,000 Instagram followers track her adventures performing in top international opera houses—most recently, Teatro Colon—and love her for her kooky sense of style.

Although she is no longer a principal at American Ballet Theatre, either, she shows no signs of slowing down. Yet her announcement on Instagram this morning gave away nothing about her plans for her next steps.

"I don't know what my next big step is going to be but I'm excited to see where it takes me."

In a press release, Tomasson said, "Masha is a beautiful dancer and it's been a pleasure to watch her grow and further develop her exceptional talent during the past 11 years here at SF Ballet. Along with San Francisco audiences, we will miss her, but we wish her all the best in her next adventure."

Wherever she lands, we wish her merde!

Latest Posts

Courtesy Esse

What It Was Like When Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was in the Audience—or Backstage

The 27 years that Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent on the U.S. Supreme Court were 27 years that she spent as one of Washington, D.C.'s most ardent, elegant and erudite supporters of the performing arts. The justice, who died on September 18 of metastatic cancer, was also an avid cultural tourist, traveling to the Santa Fe and Glimmerglass operas nearly every summer, as well as occasionally returning to catch shows in her native New York City.

Ginsburg's opera fandom was well known, but her tastes were wide-ranging. Particularly in the last 10 years of her life, after Ginsburg lost her beloved husband, Marty, it was not unusual for the petite justice and her security detail to be spotted at theaters several nights a week. She saw everything, from classic musicals to serious new plays, plus performances that defied classification, like Martha Clarke's dance drama Chéri, with Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, which toured to the Kennedy Center in 2014.

To honor Ginsburg, Dance Magazine asked three dance artists whose performances the justice attended to recall what Ginsburg meant to them.