In the third session of the Ballet 360° lecture series, dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis details choreographer George Balanchine's belief in the importance of music to ballet through works he created for New York City Ballet.
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 III: Music and Architecture If you see a Balanchine ballet and ask yourself, "What's that about?", the answer lies in the music. New York City Ballet's George Balanchine was one of the most musical choreographers who ever lived, and he used the structure, as well as the melodies and emotions, of the music to build some of the most durable ballets in ballet history. How did Balanchine's affinity for the music of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky create so many masterpieces?
Note: New York City 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 also teaches ballet history, aesthetics, and related courses at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C.