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Ballet in America

Iris Fanger

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Ballet in America 1

Dance and Art Part I
The Ballet of the Early 20th Century and the Painters

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Iris Fanger, Ph.D., lecturer

The Diaghilev Ballets Russes, 1909-1929, became the crucible for collaborations that launched the careers of many 20th-century artists, notably Michael Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Leonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine on the dance side; painters Leon Bakst, Nicholas Roerich, Pablo Picasso and Georges Roualt; and composers Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev, among many others. The lecture will include a discussion of several of their works, augmented by films of some of the ballets which remain in the repertories of companies the world over.

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Ballet in America 2

Dance and Art Part II
Modern Dance in America: The Choreographers and the Artists

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Iris Fanger, Ph.D., lecturer

As the style of 20th-century movement expanded into modern dance, especially in the United States, the practice of collaboration between artists continued. Among these were works by Martha Graham/Isamu Noguchi, Merce Cunningham/Jasper Johns, Trisha Brown/Robert Rauschenberg, Lucinda Childs/Sol Lewitt and Molissa Fenley/Keith Haring, augmented by composers such as John Cage. The lecture will include a discussion and films of the works they created together.

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