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American Ballet Theatre (2015) (Scene from Cinderella; Photo by Rosalie O'Connor)

Ballet 360°: ABT at 75

  • Sat., Mar. 21, 2015, 2:00 PM
  • South Opera Tier Lounge
  • 90 minutes
  • $15.00

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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.

In the 1940s, American Ballet Theatre (then Ballet Theatre) was known for innovative one-act ballets--George Balachine's Theme and Variations and Anthony Tudor's Pillar of Fire among them. ABT broke new ground again in 1976 by inviting modern dance choreographer Twyla Tharp to choreograph a new work for its star, Mikhail Baryshnikov--Push Comes to Shove. Frederick Ashton's 1940s Cinderella is new to the ABT repertory, and is now a groundbreaking work, as Ashton has created a new, refreshed full-length classical ballet very different from what was popular then. Examined from a distance of 75 years, how do these works look today?

Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission.

NOTE: American Ballet Theatre does not participate in this session. 

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