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Dance Talks with Merrill Ashley


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#1 Alexandra

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Posted 24 November 2003 - 05:45 PM

Oregon Ballet Theatre's Dance Talks presents
Merrill Ashley and Nancy Goldner
"Dancing Balanchine/Watching Balanchine"
Monday, December 1 7 PM
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway at Main.
Free
Reservations required: 503-227-0977, ext. 213


Merrill Ashley, former principal dancer and current ballet mistress with New York City Ballet, and dance scholar/critic Nancy Goldner launch Oregon Ballet Theatre's Dance Talks series on Monday, December 1. This ongoing series will provide context and perspective for all remaining programs in OBT's 2003-04 15th Anniversary Season.

On December 1, Ms. Ashley and Ms. Goldner will discuss choreographer George Balanchine in general and his Nutcracker, in particular. Oregon Ballet Theatre presents the first West Coast production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker December 11 - 27 at Keller Auditorium.

Ms. Ashley danced every principal role in the Nutcracker to great acclaim and her Balanchine repertory includes more than 50 pieces (many created for her) danced over two decades. As a student in School of American Ballet, Ms. Goldner danced in the 1954 debut of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.

The event is free but reservations are required: 503-277-0977, ext 213.

#2 Watermill

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 09:32 AM

I'll be there. Will share any pearls.

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 09:37 AM

You better!!! : ) Take good notes, and we'll be anxious to hear all about it.

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 05:58 PM

Yeeears ago we had a thread about our secret ballet desire. Mine was to kidnap Merrill Ashley and have her explain Balanchine to me. Agh; that close.

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 08:23 AM

My final dress ran late, was unable to attend.

*BIG SIGH*

Anyone go? How was it?

#6 Watermill

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 03:59 PM

A friend tells me it was a delightful "give and take" session of reminiscences of Mr. B and his Nutcracker. I hear that Nancy Goldner's remembrances of the 1954
Nutcracker were especially fascinating. The 600 seat Winningstad Theatre approx 2/3 full. Very sorry to have missed it.


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