In this continuation of the popular Ballet 360° lecture series, dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of well-known ballets to take us beyond the steps and into the fine craft of making a ballet.
Session I: Glamour
Ballet is celebrated for its glamour: elegant dancers, beautiful sets and costumes, and fairytale worlds. Imperial Russian ballet is slathered in glamour, and George Balanchine, the arch-modernist of mid-20th century ballet, created several works, including Diamonds, that recall that world. Come take a peek at the steps and the ideas behind the costumes!
Note: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet does not participate in this session.
Alexandra Tomalonis has been a dance critic for nearly 30 years, writing frequently for the Washington Post, Dance Magazine, and other publications. She is the editor of DanceView magazine, and its online review supplement, danceviewtimes.com. Ms. Tomalonis is Director of Academics at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., where she teaches ballet history, art history, and aesthetics.
Performance Timing: 90 minutes
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