"I never like obvious things," Yuri Possokhov proclaims in his endearing Russian accent, between rehearsals at San Francisco Ballet's bustling Civic Center headquarters. The city's lovingly restored Opera House stands just across the street, though you'd never know it inside this borrowed windowless office, and the Ukraine-born dancer's larger-than-life physicality seems to strain against the close confines of the room. The troupe he belongs to, America's oldest professional ballet company, opens at City Center October 8, bringing one of his first... More >>>