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Ballet in America

The Ballet of the Early 20th Century and the Painters

Rowe Center

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Feb 22, 10:00am
Rowe Center 10:00am
 
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Ballet in America
Dance and Art Part I
The Ballet of the Early 20th Century and the Painters

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning


Iris Fanger, Ph.D., theater and dance critic

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.

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


Image: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Portrait of Olga in an Armchair, 1918. Oil on canvas, 51 3/16 x 34 15/16 in. Musée national Picasso - Paris. Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979, SL.6.2016.78.1 © Estate of Pablo Picasso.

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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