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Ballet 360°: City Ballet and the Sylph: A Resilient Romance

Ballet 360°: City Ballet and the Sylph: A Resilient Romance

Saturday, February 27, 2016 3:00 PM

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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.

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Join dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis as she uses video of well-known ballets to take us beyond the steps and into the craft of ballet. Each session uses a company or ballet being presented during the 2015–2016 season as the jumping off point for a deeper exploration of the art form.
Ballet 360°: City Ballet and the Sylph: A Resilient Romance
Sylphs are not generally associated with the New York City Ballet, yet there is indeed a historical connection. The great 19th-century Danish choreographer August Bournonville is part of both George Balanchine and current Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins's heritage. Balanchine staged works in Copenhagen when he first came to the West; Martins, having grown up in Copenhagen, has brought Bournonville's signature work, La Sylphide, to NYCB. The work was very new in its day and provides an interesting connection to the company's other program, a collection of very new works.

Lecture Timing: 90 minutes with no intermission

NOTE: New York City Ballet does not participate in this session.


Photo by Paul Kolnik