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Ballet in America

Home State Ballet

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Mar 17, 10:00am
Rowe Center 10:00am
 
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Lecture

Ballet in America
Home State Ballet

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning


Iris Fanger, theater and dance critic

Florida is home state to a pair of highly regarded troupes in the international dance world: Miami City Ballet and the Sarasota Ballet. Founded on opposite sides of the state in the mid-1980s, they share a dedication to presenting the highest quality performances of classic and contemporary ballets and educating the next generation of dance artists in the schools attached to their studios. Where they differ is in their lineage. Miami City Ballet’s founding artistic director and current director were star performers with George Balanchine at New York City Ballet while the British-born directors at the Sarasota Ballet worked closely with Sir Frederick Ashton of England’s Royal Ballet. This talk will explore the history and current seasons of both companies, augmented by film excerpts of several Balanchine and Ashton ballets represented in each company’s repertory.

This presentation is part of Iris Fanger's Ballet in America series.


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Iris Fanger

Iris Fanger


Iris Fanger is a theater and dance critic based in Boston. She has written reviews and feature articles for the Boston HeraldBoston PhoenixThe Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, and The Patriot Ledger as well as for Dance Magazine and Dancing Times (London).

Former director of the Harvard Summer Dance Center (1977-95) she has taught at Lesley University Graduate School and Tufts University as well as Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her doctorate in theater history at Tufts University and was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe. She received the 2005 Dance Champion Awards from the Boston Dance Alliance and, in 2008, won the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts. She lectures widely on dance and theater history.

Fanger has been elected a Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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