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Lecture on Balanchine's Apollo


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#1 Ray

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:00 AM

If anyone's interested/in town, classicist Grace Ledbetter will present "Ballet and The Greeks: Balanchine and Stravinsky's Apollo" at 401 Cohen Hall, U of Pennsylvania (in W. Philly), 4:30-6pm on Thurs., Jan. 19.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:05 AM

Please report if you go to see this.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:24 AM

Did anyone get to see this?

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:27 AM

Yes, report to come! What I can say briefly is that I think she felt, as a classicist speaking to an audience of classicists, that she needed to spend a lot of time contextualizing the ballet material. Probably right, but that made it less interesting for me, as of course she was rehearsing very familiar material (but all very solid and sound). More anon. OH--she IS working on a book, tentatively titled Apollo Dancing. Now, THAT is interesting...

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:40 AM

Ray, Do you know if any of her classes are streamed on the internet or otherwise available remotely?

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:46 AM

I'm sure they're not; Swarthmore College (where she teaches) doesn't do that. And she doesn't teach what she lectured on; she's a hard-core classicist. Here's a link to her first book, considered to be very important to the field.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:05 PM

OH--she IS working on a book, tentatively titled Apollo Dancing. Now, THAT was interesting...


That would indeed be interesting -- thanks for the heads-up, and looking forward to hearing more about her talk.


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