Ballet 360° - What Ballet Does Best IV: Pursuit of Perfection
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.
- Sat., Jun. 23, 2012, 3:00 PM
- 90 minutes
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Session IV: Pursuit of Perfection
There are many different styles and approaches to ballet. One of the oldest--not surprising since ballet began in France 400 years ago--is the French insistence on detail, precision, and a perfection that is both physical and aesthetic. Come take a look at Paris style.
Note: Paris Opera 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
David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.