Ballet 360° - Beyond the Steps I: Reawakening the Past
Saturday, January 15, 2011,
In the first session of the Ballet 360° lecture series, dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis explores how to keep older ballets fresh and curate new works through the efforts of American Ballet Theatre and Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky.
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: Reawakening the Past American Ballet Theatre is now known for its performances of the 19th century classics, but its treasure chest repertory also includes great 20th and 21st century works. How do dancers keep older works fresh, and how does a young choreographer like Alexei Ratmansky take a score that's decades old and make a new ballet about life on a Soviet collective farm that works for audiences today?
Note: American Ballet Theatre 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 also teaches ballet history, aesthetics, and related courses at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C.