People always say that George Balanchine created his style of ballet—which is now, largely, the American style of ballet—by speeding up and reënergizing the old, plump Russian style that he learned as a child in St. Petersburg. On Feb. 22-23, as part of the Guggenheim’s “Works & Process” series, Suki Schorer will try to explain what that means. Schorer, a revered teacher at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, has written books on his technique, and her lecture-demonstrations on the subject are famous. At this one, S.A.B. students will do Russian and then Balanchinean classroom exercises. They will perform the “Nutcracker” pas de deux in a Russian version and then in Balanchine’s version. [ ... ]
Suki Schorer lecture/demo at the Guggenheim --comparing Russian and Balanchinean styles
Posted 18 February 2009 - 01:38 PM
Posted 18 February 2009 - 03:56 PM
Posted 18 February 2009 - 04:46 PM
I don't know whether this series includes audience comments or Q&A, but it would be wonderful if they do.
We can’t really know for certain what Balanchine was taught as a boy in the nineteen-tens. Schorer has consulted with Irina Kolpakova, once a leading Kirov ballerina (now a coach at American Ballet Theatre), but she was trained in the nineteen-forties. By then, things would have changed. Never mind. This is probably the closest we’re going to get. ♦
Posted 18 February 2009 - 05:10 PM
Posted 18 February 2009 - 07:25 PM
I've never seen any audience members actually engage the guests beyond a friendly comment or two -- but then again, I tend to mill and nosh more than keep tabs on others.
Posted 19 February 2009 - 09:21 AM
Posted 19 February 2009 - 12:48 PM
i've also been told that mon. is less 'jammed' than sun. but i don't know that this is officially so.
Posted 19 February 2009 - 12:53 PM
Posted 19 February 2009 - 01:31 PM
I do plan to go standby to this -- trying first for Sunday, and if that fails, Monday.
I haven't been to any yet this year, the price having risen a bit beyond what I thought most of the programs were worth. This, though, may be worth it, especially since standby is a few dollars less.
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