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George Balanchine: Ballet Master
Sheryl Flatow

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In the history of twentieth century performing arts, few figures loom as large as George Balanchine. He belongs to the pantheon of artists that includes Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky, his frequent collaborator and favorite composer. His influence on classical dance worldwide was – and is – so pervasive that every aspect of ballet, from the way dancers move, to the repertory they perform, to fundamental ideas about what dance can and could be, was dramatically altered by his genius. He arrived in America in 1933 at the invitation of Lincoln Kirstein, a wealthy, brilliant, arts connoisseur with a passion for ballet. Together they founded the School of American Ballet (SAB) in 1934, and New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1948. Ballet in America did not begin with Balanchine, but it’s not a contradiction to suggest that he invented American ballet – that is, a style that is uniquely American. Through photos and video clips, this lecture series will examine Balanchine’s life and career, from his early days in Russia to his years in Europe through the rise of NYCB. Attendees will see film clips that depict some of the great dancers he worked with, and learn how he revolutionized an art form.
1. The early years: From Russia to Europe, including Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes
2. Arrival in NYC: From the founding of SAB in 1934, to Broadway and Hollywood, to the founding of NYCB in 1948
3. The City Center years: From 1948 – 1964: The masterpieces pile up
4. A home of their own: NYCB at the New York State Theatre, beginning in 1964
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Sheryl Flatow has written about theatre and dance for more than 30 years. She curated major exhibitions in San Francisco on Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, George Balanchine, and several others. She has led pre-performance talks; moderated panel discussions on theatre and dance; and conducted public interviews with leading figures in the arts, including Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook, Natalia Makarova and Judith Jamison. She also wrote the CD liner notes for Into the Woods and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. She has lectured at LLS/FAU for several semesters. 

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Date: Mondays, January 6, 13, 27; February 3
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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