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Wall to Wall Balanchine11 am to 11 pm March 20, Symphony Space


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#1 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 14 February 2004 - 09:46 PM

Grr. I won't be here for it.

http://www.symphonys...d=3&eventId=612

It's free.

#2 Amy Reusch

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 09:34 PM

I'm going to try my darndest to get down to the city for this. I've heard about the wall-to-wall events for years but this is the first time I've ever attempted to attend one. Does anyone have experience? How long have you had to wait? Are there any strategies to make it through? 12 hours straight.... I don't think I'd last that long. Can't imagine that it will be easy to get in. Do I need to become a member of Symphony Space to even have a chance of seating? At $50, I guess would probably spend that for a ticket...

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Posted 19 February 2004 - 05:31 AM

Amy, what is your $50 ticket for? The event is free. Or is that the parking ticket you plan on getting? :blushing:

#4 Farrell Fan

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Posted 19 February 2004 - 09:18 AM

BW, I think Amy is referring to the cost of membership in Symphony Space at the Friends level. Members are supposed to receive priority seating.

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Posted 19 February 2004 - 03:20 PM

Aha. Thank you Farrell Fan. :thumbsup:

#6 Amy Reusch

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Posted 19 February 2004 - 08:32 PM

Are NYC parking tickets as cheap as $50? I might consider! No, I'll probably be driving around looking for a spot for hours... probably the night before.... or else I'll park further downtown and subway up. But I wonder when the schedule for the wall-to-wall event gets posted. I'd like to see Renard again.

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Posted 20 February 2004 - 05:54 AM

Try parking on Riverside Drive - it's free if you can find a spot. :thumbsup:

#8 Amy Reusch

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Posted 20 February 2004 - 08:50 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. I've always avoided parking parkside because of the increased break-in risk... but maybe since I don't have either xenon lights or airbags and my mileage is way way way way up there, I shouldn't be concerned. What is the deal these days on break-ins in NYC? I remember when it was pretty rampant... although perhaps not so rampant as that decade when because of overcrowded prisons, no one went to jail for grand auto theft and there were gang wars on the upper west side about car stealing turf. If you walk along Riverside Drive, do you see much broken window glass on the street these days? Or is that mostly a thing of the past?

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Posted 21 February 2004 - 06:21 AM

Well, I'm not a regular up there however I've attended performances in the last two years at Symphony Space and gotten spots on side streets right nearby with narry a hint of a problem - airbags and even Xenons now! :wink: I suppose if you park on the street you take your chances - but I always do my best to find a spot before parting with $20 or so for a lot. Must be my Scottish ancestry. :grinning:

#10 Amy Reusch

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 11:08 PM

Here's the schedule (wow!)

Schedule:
11:00 am-2:00 pm
“First a School”
In keeping with Balanchine’s famous dictum, the day kicks off with Suki Schorer’s master class featuring School of American Ballet students
New York City Ballet Education Department: Balanchine the Balletmaster
Ellen Sorrin leads a lecture-demonstration with students from the School of American Ballet performing excerpts from Agon, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

Meet Balanchine on Film
Merrill Brockway, interviewed by Barbara Horgan, presents clips from his Balanchine documentary

Balanchine and Diaghilev
Lynn Garafola speaks about Balanchine’s connection to the famed director of the Ballets Russes and shares rare photos of both

2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Balanchine Up Close
Robert Gottlieb interviews Barbara Horgan, Balanchine’s longtime assistant and friend as well as Trustee-General Director of The Balanchine Trust

From the Balanchine Archives: Part I
Nancy Reynolds introduces a film montage of coaching sessions, including: Alicia Markova coaching Song of the Nightingale, Frederic Franklin coaching The Bride’s solo from the first version of Le Baiser de la Fee, Maria Tallchief coaching Orpheus, and Todd Bolender coaching The Four Temperaments

A live coaching session follows the screening, as Maria Tallchief coaches New York City Ballet dancer Maria Kowroski in Firebird

Balanchine Hollywood Film Clips
John Goberman presents clips of Balanchine choreography from Hollywood movies of the 1930s and 1940s

Panel Discussion on Balanchine and Stravinsky
Elizabeth Kendall moderates a discussion on Balanchine and Stravinsky with panelists Charles Joseph and Jonathan Sheffer and featuring Dance Theatre of Harlem’s live performance of the Agon pas de deux

Clive Barnes Introduces
Clive Barnes introduces performances by New York City Ballet dancers

Balanchine’s Company: New York City Ballet
Clive Barnes hosts a panel discussion with Peter Martins, Edward Bigelow, Violette Verdy, Maria Calegari and Bart Cook

5:00 pm-8:00 pm
From the Balanchine Archives: Part II
Nancy Reynolds introduces a film montage of coaching sessions, including: Melissa Hayden coaching Donizetti Variations, Allegra Kent coaching Bugaku, Alicia Alonso coaching Theme and Variations, Helgi Thomassen coaching Divertimento/Baiser, and Suzanne Farrell coaching Movements

A live coaching session follows the screening, as Melissa Hayden coaches New York City Ballet dancers Alexandra Ansanelli and Charles Askegard in Stars and Stripes

Designing for Balanchine
David Hays gives an illustrated talk on the experience of designing thirty-seven ballets for Balanchine

Balanchine and Kirstein
Anna Kisselgoff moderates a panel discussion with Edward Bigelow, Martin Duberman and Nancy Reynolds on the legendary partnership between Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein

Memories of Balanchine
Maria Tallchief, Allegra Kent and Edward Villella read from their own memoirs, hosted by Robert Gottlieb. Maria Tucci will read from the memoirs of Alexandra Danilova, Rochelle Owens will read from the memoirs of Tamara Geva 

Balanchine on Tchaikovsky
Simon Volkov reads from his interviews with Balanchine

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™: The Sugar Plum Fairy
Filmmaker Virginia Brooks introduces footage of Jennie Somogyi’s original audition for The Nutcracker, followed by Ms. Somogyi performing a segment from the ballet

8:00 pm-11:00 pm
Dancing at the Speed of Balanchine
Merrill Ashley discusses the athletic demands made on Balanchine dancers, illustrated with video of Ballo della Regina

Kansas City Ballet Presents Renard
Todd  Bolender introduces dancers from Kansas City Ballet performing Renard, a piece not seen in New York since its premiere in the late 1940s

Coming to Lincoln Center!
Jacques d’Amboise introduces video of the New York State Theatre’s opening night, including video excerpts from Stars and Stripes and an intermission interview with Balanchine, Lincoln Kirstein, Richard Rodgers, architect Phillip Johnson and himself

Selections from Union Jack
Dancers from the New York City Ballet perform selections from Union Jack

Dance Theatre of Harlem: Excerpts from The Four Temperaments
Dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem perform excerpts from The Four Temperaments

Who Cares?
New York City Ballet dancers perform Gershwin’s Who Cares?

Dance Theatre of Harlem: Apollo
Dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem perform the New York City premiere of the company’s new production of the complete work, including the birth of Apollo

Symphony Space Commemorates Balanchine Centennial with Wall to Wall Marathon Extravaganza

#11 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 11:47 PM

Argh. This sounds wonderful. Couldn't they move it a week later?

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 05:04 AM

Sounds like a dream :)
For those of us unfortunately unable to attend, does anyone know if any or all of it will be filmed for posterity and future viewing?

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 07:09 PM

Can anybody tell me how this thing is going to work. I would be willing to put up $50 for a membership to Symphony Space just to have priority on getting in. However, this looks like it is going to attract a large crowd. Will you have to show up at midnight to get in at 11 in the morning? What happens if more people show up than they have space for? Are you just tough out of luck until someone leaves during the day? Do you stand in line and wait all day?

#14 Amy Reusch

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 08:45 PM

And if you leave your seat to "use the facilities", do you lose it and have to stand in line again? Have no Ballet Alertniks ever attended a wall-to-wall? I think they're usually musical events, but still... ?

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 08:47 PM

I'm going to call them on Friday because this is really freakin' me out!! :) Seriously, it all looks great so I am worried about getting in etc... I'll call.


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