This is a press release from the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum:
A multimedia presentation on George Balanchine’s choreography for commercial stage and screen
Monday, May 10, 2004 – 7:00 pm
San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum
(SAN FRANCISCO) – The San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, in tandem with its current exhibition George Balanchine: Ballet Master, presents By George: Balanchine, Broadway, and Hollywood. On Monday, May 10, 2004 at 7:00 pm, Stanford University lecturer Janice Ross will present a multimedia survey of Balanchine’s notable choreography for musical theatre, movies, and operetta, documented with rare archival slide images and video clips.
Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are recommended – call 415-255-4800. The Performing Arts Library is located at 401 Van Ness Avenue (@ McAllister), Veterans Building, 4th Floor.
George Balanchine was a lifelong fan of American popular culture, and nowhere is it more evident than in the 15 musical comedies, four operettas, and five Hollywood films that he choreographed between 1927 and 1951. These ranged from the classic “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” number for Rodgers and Hart’s On Your Toes to the surreal extravaganza of The Goldwyn Follies. Of the hundreds of ballets that Balanchine created , these works for the commercial stage and screen received little scholarly attention until the Balanchine Foundation sponsored the ambitions Popular Balanchine Project from 2000-2002 to recover as many of these works as possible from the surviving dancers. Janice Ross, an original participant in the Project, will rely on some of this landmark scholarship in her presentation.
Janice Ross, B.A., MA, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the Department of Drama at Stanford University, where she has taught Dance History and directed the graduate program in Dance Education since 1990. For 10 years she was staff dance and performance art critic for The Oakland Tribune, and her articles on the arts have appeared in Dancemagazine, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars and past president of the Dance Critics Association. She was the recipient of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a principal researcher for the Popular Balanchine Project.
George Balanchine: Ballet Master, curated by Sheryl Flatow, offers a comprehensive survey of Balanchine’s life and work through original photographs, posters, programs, correspondence, costume and set designs, video excerpts, and other rare memorabilia. The exhibition is currently on view through June 19, 2004 at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, located in the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue (@ McAllister), 4th Floor. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tues-Fri 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Sat 1:00-5:00 pm. For more information, visit the Library’s website at www.sfpalm.org or call (415) 255-4800.
This Performing Arts Library exhibition and related programs are made possible through the generous support of Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Sharper Image, the L.J. and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, the Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation, the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trust, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, the Upjohn Fund, the Wallis Foundation, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Russell Hartley Society, and the members of the Performing Arts Library.
Special thanks to The George Balanchine Trust, Barbara Horgan, Elizabeth Healy, Bernard Taper, Arthur Mitchell, Maria Tallchief, Helgi Tomasson, Suzanne Farrell, Gloria Govrin, Kyra Nichols, Sally Streets, Jocelyn Vollmar, Sally
Bailey, Nancy Johnson, Jillian P Y Johnson and Dance Theatre of Harlem, David Leopold and The Ben Solowey Studio, The Estate of Al Hirschfeld, Rebecca Paller and the Museum of Television and Radio – New York, Judy Kinberg and Lylian Morcos – Thirteen/WNET New York, Roger Englander, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, John Belle – Seahorse Films and The Estate of Anne Belle, Alyson Belcher, Steven Caras, Martha Swope, Paul Stiga, Trudy Garfunkel, Murrey E. Nelson, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in San Francisco, New York City Ballet Archives, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
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