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THE GEORGE BALANCHINE CENTENNIAL
1904 - 2004

Special Presentations, Programs, Symposiums and Exhibitions
(As of Fall 2004)


Centennial Television & Film Presentations

EYE ON DANCE
Join creator and producer, Celia Ipiotis, for episodes of her television show celebrating Mr. Balanchine’s centennial.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004
10:00pm
WNYE-TV/UHF Channel 25
This program is comprised of a rebroadcast of an EYE ON DANCE program in which Ms. Ipiotis interviews Patricia McBride and guest, Frances Mason.

Wednesday, April 7, 2004
8:00pm
WNYE-TV/EHF Channel 25
The documentary “Violette and Mr. B” followed by Celia Ipiotis’ interview with Violette Verdy.

For further information:
celiaeye@aol.com
www.eyeondance.org

The Museum of Television & Radio
“A Celebration of George Balanchine: Selected Television Work”
December 5, 2003 to March 7, 2004
New York & Los Angeles

A three-month series of screenings of rare and well known television productions that Balanchine participated in and contributed to. Included in the screenings will be such signature works as Apollo, Serenade, Prodigal Son, Concerto Barocco, Liebeslieder Walzer, Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony, Who Cares?, and Jewels. Also included will be the 1956 NBC Opera Theatre production of The Magic Flute; the 1958 Playhouse 90 adaptation of The Nutcracker (in which Balanchine portrays Herr Drosselmeyer), and the 1966 NET program U.S.A. Dance – New York City Ballet, which includes a discussion with George Balanchine and then company members Arthur Mitchell, Suzanne Farrell, Patricia McBride, Edward Villella, Jacques d’Amboise and Melissa Hayden.

Location:
The Museum of Television & Radio
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

The Museum of Television & Radio
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Further information:
Loretta Ramos, Manager, Public Relations – 212-621-6785
lramos@mtr.org
www.mtr.org

• George Balanchine Television Documentary – American Masters Balanchine
American Masters is produced for PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York - Airing January 14, 2004
(The documentary was aired originally in 1984 on PBS, and on BBC (Europe) in 1985).

A two-part documentary, made soon after Balanchine’s death, focusing on his life and work. Included is extensive footage of Balanchine and generous excerpts from many of his ballets.

Further information:
Lance Spirto – 212-560-2986
SpiroL@thirteen.org

Centennial Presentations and Programs

• “Works & Process” at the Guggenheim Museum
In collaboration with The George Balanchine Foundation, Works &Process presents a four-part program focusing on specific seminal works by Balanchine and highlighting The Foundation’s video archive series. Original creators of well-known principal roles will coach excerpts on dancers of today. Each program will include a moderated discussion.

- Balanchine’s Lost Choreography
November 16 & 17, 2003 – 8 PM

These evenings feature excerpts from two Balanchine ballets long believed lost: the Fortune-Telling pas de deux from his original version of Le Baiser de la Fée (1937), as recreated and coached by Maria Tallchief, and the Adagio from his original Mozartiana (1933), as recreated by Frederic Franklin. New York City Ballet Principal dancer Nikolaj Hübbe and NYCB’s Carla Körbes are scheduled to perform. Dance scholar Nancy Reynolds leads a discussion with Ms. Tallchief and Mr. Franklin filled with personal reminiscences of Mr. “B” and his work.

- Balanchine’s Early Works January 25 & 26, 2004
- Balanchine’s Middle Years March 7 & 8, 2004
- Balanchine’s Late Works April 18 & 19, 2004

Location:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10028

Further information:
Manuel R. Rodriguez, Associate Producer – 212-758-0047
Manny.Rodriguez@verizon.net
www.worksandprocess.com

• Symphony Space
“Wall-To-Wall George Balanchine”
Saturday, March 20, 2004
11 AM – 11 PM (Free to the public)

For the first time ever since its inaugural year in 1978, “Wall-To-Wall” will focus on a choreographer, who was also a great figure in music history. The program will include performance of Balanchine classics by members of the New York City Ballet and other Balanchine-influenced companies, as well as by students of the School of American Ballet, founded by Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. Rare video archives of great Balanchine works in rehearsal and performance will be seen, introduced by great dancers of the Company’s history, including Merrill Ashley, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins and Maria Tallchief. Experts will discuss, with dancers illustrating Balanchine’s work with Stravinsky and other collaborators.

Location:
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)
New York, NY 10025-6947

Further information:
Jill Meisner
Jill@rosengrouppr.com
Zachary Hastings Hooper - 212-255-8455
Zachary@rosengrouppr.com
www.symphonyspace.org

• City Parks Foundation’s Central Park “SummerStage”
July 27 and 28, 2004

Central Park SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents two free performances in Summer 2004 which will feature dancers from American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem and New York City Ballet performing Balanchine repertoire.

Location:
SummerStage – Central Park (Entrance: 69th Street & 5th Avenue)
New York, NY

Further information:
Debbie Ferraro, Director of Marketing and Public Relations,
City Parks Foundation - 212-360-8162
Dferraro@cityparksfoundation.org
www.SummerStage.org

• Film Society of Lincoln Center – Walter Reade Theater
September, 2004

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present one or two programs that will reflect Balanchine’s work on Broadway and in Hollywood in a centenary celebration of song and dance.

Location:
Walter Reade Theater
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Further information:
Joanna Ney, Director, Public Relations; Producer: Special Programs
212-875-5403
jney@filmlinc.com

• Manhattan School of Music
“Symposium: Balanchine the Musician”
Fall 2004
A three-part program focusing on Balanchine’s contributions to the music world, his collaborations with composers and his knowledge of the art form.

- Part one: Screening of “Music Dances: Balanchine Choreographs Stravinsky”
Concert performance by student orchestra to music from Apollo, Agon and Orpheus
- Part two: Panel discussion with musicians, conductors and a pianist (participants to be announced at a later date)
- Part three: Lecture/demonstration of Stravinsky Violin Concerto and possibly Concerto Barocco

Further information:
Susan Blumstein, Vice President External Affairs
212-749-2802, x 4537
sblumstein@msmnyc.edu
www.msmnyc.edu

Pacific North Ballet, Conversations with PNB: The Balanchine Legacy
Marcie Sillman, KUOW's arts and culture reporter and frequent contributor to National Public Radio, moderates a panel discussion featuring distinguished guests who will discuss Balanchine's legacy and his enormous impact and contributions to 20th century art and culture. Participants will be announced at a later date.

Date:
To be announced

Location:
To be announced

Balanchine on Film
This three-part film series featuring the choreography of George Balanchine includes such rare archival films as the 1956 Paris taping of Western Symphony, a 1965 WNET program featuring Balanchine pas de deux performed by New York City Ballet dancers Edward Villella, Patricia McBride, Suzanne Farrell, Jacques D'Amboise, and others, with narration by Balanchine himself. Other films in the series include PNB piano soloist Dianne Chilgren's work restoring music to silent films of Tanaquil LeClercq in La Valse and Violette Verdy in La Source. Balanchine repetiteur Francia Russell and PNB dancers are featured in Balanchine Lives!, a documentary about staging Balanchine ballets around the world. The series will conclude with a screening of PNB's luminous production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmed by the British Broadcasting Company in 1999 at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre and winner of the IMZ Dance Screen award for "Best Television Realization of a Stage Production."

Date:
April 27, May 4, & May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Location:
Nesholm Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA

For further information:
www.pnb.org

• Balanchine—A Centennial Tribute

An All Balanchine Program with guest artists from Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet
Date: January 19, 2004
Location: Regis College Fine Arts Center
Eleanor Casey Theater
Weston, MA

For further information: http://www.massyouthballet.org/pages/myb/inquiries/upcoming#Balanchine

Seminars & Symposiums

• University of Michigan
“From the Mariinsky to Manhattan: George Balanchine and The transformation of American Dance”
October 31 – November 1, 2003

As part of the University of Michigan’s Celebrating St. Petersburg Festival, the Center for Russian and East European Studies and Department of Dance present a public symposium dedicated to St. Petersburg ballet and the legacy of George Balanchine.

Location:
Rackman Auditorium, Rackham Building
915 East Washington
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Further information:
U-M Center for Russian and East European Studies – 734-764-0351
crees@umich.edu
www.umich.edu/stpetersburg/

• New York City Ballet
“Balanchine 100: The Centennial Celebration”
During its 2004 winter and spring performance seasons, NYCB will present pre-performance Ballet Insights and Family Insights discussions, as well as Centennial Celebration seminars on select Monday evenings throughout both seasons. Topics will include various aspects of Balanchine’s creative life; dates and speakers for these presentations will be announced at a later date.

Location:
New York State Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Further information: Robert Daniels – 212-870-4083
rdaniels@nycballet.com

• The Museum of Television & Radio
“A Celebration of George Balanchine”
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 (evening)

In conjunction with the three-month series of screenings entitled “A Celebration of George Balanchine: Selected Television Work,” The Museum will present a symposium which will highlight and provide discussion on Balanchine’s work with the medium of television. Confirmed participants to date include: Suzanne Farrell, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet; Barbara Horgan , Trustee-General Director of The George Balanchine Trust and Chairman of The George Balanchine Foundation, and John Goberman, Executive Producer, Television for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

Location:
The Museum of Television & Radio
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

Further information:
Loretta Ramos, Manager, Public Relations – 212-621-6785
lramos@mtr.org
www.mtr.org

• The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
January – March 2004 (Admission is free and first come, first served)

In conjunction with an exhibition on George Balanchine, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will present a series of four lectures.

-Saturday, January 24, 2004, 3 p.m.
Cabin in the Sky: The Collaboration between Boris Aronson, George Balanchine and Vernon Duke
Lecture by Constance Valis Hill
Cabin in the Sky was directed and choreographed by George Balanchine.

-Saturday, February 21, 2004, 3 p.m.
Balanchine in Paris
Lecture by Lynn Garafola

-Thursday, February 26, 2004, 6 p.m.
Before New York City Ballet: George Balanchine in the 1940s
Lecture by Nancy Reynolds

-Thursday, March 4, 2004, 6 p.m.
Poetry in Motion: Stravinsky and Balanchine's Musical Bond
Lecture by Charles Joseph

Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine were joined by a deep musical bond. Not only did the composer understand dance, perhaps more importantly the choreographer was a knowledgeable musician who identified with Stravinsky's musical intentions. The coherence that both artists brought to their work stems from a mutual understanding of each other's art form. Balanchine was well versed in music theory and often turned to composition as a way of expressing himself. A few of his short compositions will be performed as part of this presentation. As a focus, Apollo will be used to demonstrate how the choreographer and composer worked together in structuring this signature ballet.

Location:
Bruno Walter Auditorium
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498
Ph: 212-642-0142

Further information:
Rima Corben – 212-704-8600
rcorben@nypl.org

• San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM)
“George Balanchine: Ballet Master”

A Conversation with Arthur Mitchell.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 7:00 pm

Just prior to the opening of the exhibition George Balanchine: Ballet Master (see below), the Performing Arts Library will host a special conversation with Arthur Mitchell, renowned New York City Ballet dancer under Balanchine and the founder and artistic director of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Mr. Mitchell will speak with moderator Brad Rosenstein and curator Sheryl Flatow about his stellar career, particularly the vital impact of working with Balanchine. Video clips of Mr. Mitchell’s work will be shown as well. Admission $15 general / $10 SFPALM members and students.

Dance Theatre of Harlem will be performing in Berkeley January 28-February 1, presented by Cal Performances. The program will include Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. Tickets are available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall, at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone, at www.calperfs.berkeley.edu, and at the door.

Balanchine Birthday Celebration and Gala Exhibition Opening

Thursday, January 22, 2004 – 6:00-8:00 pm

The Performing Arts Library kicks off its major new exhibition George Balanchine: Ballet Master with a stellar celebration on Mr. B’s 100th birthday. Honored guests will include Maria Tallchief (first star of New York City Ballet and third wife of Balanchine), Arthur Mitchell (former NYCB principal and founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem), Helgi Tomasson (former NYCB principal and artistic director of San Francisco Ballet), Bernard Taper (author of Balanchine: A Biography), and The Honorable Victor N. Lizun (Consul General of the Russian Federation in San Francisco). The celebration will include special tributes to Mr. B by our luminary guests, spectacular Russian-themed food and drink by Michèle Catering, and a chance to preview the exhibition, which opens to the public the following day. The evening is a benefit for SFPALM’s extensive dance archives.

Tickets $100/$250/$500 – call 415-255-4800 to receive an invitation.

NEW EXHIBITION
George Balanchine: Ballet Master
A Centennial Exhibition
January 23-June 19, 2004

The Performing Arts Library honors the centennial of choreographer George Balanchine (1904-1983) with a new exhibition, George Balanchine: Ballet Master. Curated by Sheryl Flatow, this major retrospective offers a comprehensive survey of Balanchine’s life and work, including his enormous and lasting impact on San Francisco. Original photographs, posters, programs, correspondence, costume and set designs, audio and video excerpts, and other rare memorabilia tell the story of the choreographer who is ranked with Picasso and Stravinsky as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, the Performing Arts Library will also be presenting a number of related public programs, including conversations with notable artists who worked with Balanchine, panel discussions, and rare video screenings. The Performing Arts Library’s San Francisco Balanchine Celebration Committee is headed by honorary co-chairs Maria Tallchief and Helgi Tomasson, and the exhibition and programs are key events in the worldwide George Balanchine Centennial Celebration. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 1:00-5:00 pm.
Admission is free.

Location:
San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum
401 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

Further information:
Brad Rosenstein, Director of Programs & Education
415-255-4800 x 817
bradr@sfpalm.org
www.sfpalm.org

• San Francisco Ballet
“Balanchine Festival”
March 19 & 20, 2004

San Francisco Ballet will present two pre-performance symposiums prior to opening night of each of the Company’s tribute Balanchine programs. Participants in the symposiums will be dancers who worked directly with Mr. Balanchine.

Location:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street
San Francisco, CA

Further information:
Kyra Jablonsky, Public Relations Manager – 415-553-4667
kjablonsky@sfballet.org

• Harvard University
In conjunction with the Harvard Theatre Collection Balanchine exhibit (April 13 – May 31, 2004), Harvard University will host a two-day symposium in mid-April. Participants will include leading scholars, journalists and writers, and dancers. It is expected that the program will also include film viewings and teaching demonstrations.

Location:
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Further information:
Kathleen Coleman – 617-495-2445
htc@harvard.edu

• “Words On Dance” – San Francisco

April 19, 2004 – 7:30 PM
In its tenth year of presenting on-stage conversations with eminent dancers, “Words On Dance” will present a program celebrating Balanchine’s Centennial through conversation with three dancers who worked directly with George Balanchine: Maria Tallchief, teacher and former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Merrill Ashley, teacher and former principal dancer of New York City Ballet, and Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet and former principal dancer of New York City Ballet. The evening will be moderated by Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet. The artists will discuss the ballets Mr. Balanchine created for them, and the artistic traditions they continue to deliver to generations that follow. The conversation will also highlight how Balanchine’s works have endured, and the importance of each artist’s method of interpretation. A special screening will be produced for this program.

Location:
Herbst Theater – San Francisco

Further information:
Deborah DuBowy, Producer - 415-731-0103
Wodance@aol.com

Centennial Exhibitions

• The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
“The Enduring Legacy of George Balanchine”
December 3, 2003 – April 24, 2004 (Admission is free)

Active at every level of instruction and performance, Balanchine nourished the performers, teachers, and students who shaped the future of ballet in New York and across the U.S. In celebration of the Centennial of Balanchine’s birth and in recognition of his profound impact on New York City, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will present a multimedia exhibition of photographs, designs, manuscript music and correspondence, costumes, set pieces and models. Visitors will be able to gain new insights about Balanchine from excerpts from oral histories of dancers and videotaped performances and rehearsals.

Location:
Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498
Ph: 212-870-1630

Further information:
Rima Corben – 212-704-8600
rcorben@nypl.org

• New York City Ballet
“Balanchine 100 Centennial Exhibition”
January 6 – February 29, 2004; April 27 – June 27, 2004

New York City Ballet will produce a special exhibit which will be on display during the Company’s 2004 winter and spring performance seasons. Curated by Edward Bigelow, who worked with Balanchine throughout much of his career in America, NYCB will present a theater-wide exhibit which will explore Balanchine’s life and work through photographs, costumes, artifacts, and other ephemera. A limited edition catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Location:
New York State Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Further Information:
Robert Daniels – 212-870-4083
rdaniels@nycballet.com

• San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM)
“George Balanchine: Ballet Master” – A Centennial Exhibition
January 23 – June 19, 2004
Gala Opening Reception – January 22, 2004

“George Balanchine: Ballet Master” will offer a comprehensive survey of Balanchine’s life and work, including the enormous and lasting impact he has had on the West Coast and on San Francisco in particular. Curated by Sheryl Flatow, photographs, posters, programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, audio and video excerpts, and other rare memorabilia will tell the story of Balanchine’s importance and influence in the twentieth century.

Further information:
Brad Rosenstein, Director of Programs & Education
415-255-4800 x 817
bradr@sfpalm.org
www.sfpalm.org

• Harvard University
April 13 – May 31, 2004
An exhibition devoted to Balanchine and his legacy, drawn from the holdings of the Harvard Theatre Collection, including the George Balanchine Archive.

Location:
Harvard Theater Collection
Nathan Marsh Pusey Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Further information:
Kathleen Coleman – 617-495-2445
htc@harvard.edu

• Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
“Isadora to Balanchine: Celebrating Dance at the Wadsworth Atheneum”
September 2004 – January 2005

In 1933, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and its legendary director A. Everett “Chick” Austin sponsored the immigration of George Balanchine to America and acquired from Serge Lifar an unrivaled collection of set and costume designs from Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. In 1934, the museum presented the first public performances of the School of American Ballet’s producing company. The collections and archives of the Wadsworth Antheneum yield many treasures, including Lincoln Kirstein’s famous letter that resulted in Balanchine’s arrival in America.

Location:
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Further information:
Susan Hood, Media Relations Managers
860-838-4058
susan.hood@wadsworthatheneum.org
www.wadsworthatheneum.org

Other

• United States Postal Service – American Choreographers Commemorative Stamps
Block of 4 stamps/Sheet of 20 stamps
Release date 2004

This marks the first time the USPS has honored choreographers. The American Choreographers commemorative stamps honor George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Agnes De Mille and Alvin Ailey, four masters who elevated the art of dance in America.

Further information:
Cynthia Puryear, Manager of Community Relations – 202-268-8566
cynthia.p.puryear@usps.gov


 

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