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Colburn Dance Council Presents Lecture

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a free lecture "Great Love Stories of the Ballet" given by dance historian and author Elizabeth Kaye on Sunday, February 14th from 2:30pm-4:00pm. The lecture, held in Mayman Hall, will trace the passionate relationships between characters in the most romantic ballets.

Elizabeth Kaye gave pre-performance talks, led panels of speakers and interviewed dancers for American Ballet Theatre for many years. In recent years, she has given literally hundreds of pre-performance talks at venues that include: The Metropolitan Opera House, City Center, The Kennedy Center, and Los Angeles Music Center. She speaks for many ballet companies, among them: American Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company (now ABT II), The Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nacho Duato’s National Dance Company of Spain, Les Grandes Ballet des Canadiens, and Miami City Ballet. Elizabeth is featured in the BBC documentary about Nureyev entitled “Dancing Through Darkness” and is the author of American Ballet Theatre: A 25 Year Retrospective.

Sunday's lecture "Great Love Stories of the Ballet" details the importance of passionate partnerships in ballet and will show video of the dances that most clearly express the love between the two principal dancers. These include Giselle, whose pure, abiding love for the duplicitous Albrecht both transforms and saves him (Giselle, Act II pas de deux); Odette, the cursed Swan Queen, who is betrayed by the naïve Siegfried, who makes amends by willingly giving up his life to follow her into eternity (Swan Lake, Lakeside pas de deux); and Juliet, whose passion for Romeo is as uncontainable as it is ill-fated (Romeo and Juliet, balcony pas de deux). This talk will detail the supreme importance of partnerships in ballet, using Nureyev and Fonteyn as the primary example. It will also examine the factors that go into the creation of a great partnership.

 

Posted by on Wednesday April, 28, 2010 at 02:57PM

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