Dancers Over 40 presents a tribute to George Balanchine, and to an incredibly talented group of performers who worked with the master during his tenure at NYCB. DO40’s first-ever ballet event features Merrill Ashley, Vida Brown, John Clifford, Gene Gavin, Allegra Kent, Frank Ohman, Barbara Milberg Fisher, Bettijane Sills, Carol Sumner, Barbara Walczak and Patricia Wilde.
Extremely rare film and video clips will be shown, including, but not limited to, excerpts from the Zenobia Ballet, On Your Toes, Western Symphony 1st and 3rd movements (with Gene Gavin and Allegra Kent), Sanguinic, Square Dance and Divertimento #15, Fast Variation (featuring both Merrill Ashley and Patricia Wilde), Pulcinella (Carol Sumner), Raymonda Variation and Who Cares? (Bettijane Sills and Frank Ohman), and Divertissement from Midsummer Night’s Dream (Allegra Kent).
Dancers Over 40 - Balanchine: Broadway and Beyond Cast Members:
Merrill Ashley, Vida Brown, John Clifford, Gene Gavin, Allegra Kent, Frank Ohman, Barbara Milberg Fisher, Bettijane Sills, Carol Sumner, Barbara Walczak, Patricia Wilde with special guest Barbara Horgan, Director of the Balanchine Foundation.
Moderator Robert Greskovic, covers dance for The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is a free-lance writer; his Ballet 101: The Complete Guide To Learning and Loving the Ballet was published in 1998 by Hyperion. He has been writing about dance since 1972. He is Associate at Ballet Review, Consulting Editor for DanceView, and a moderator of the Videos and Ballet History topics on the website Ballettalk.com. He is New York correspondent for Dance International, dance essayist for Britannica Book of the Year, as well as New York correspondent for DanceMagazine,
Moderator Candice Agree, radio host 25+ years on the New York and Washington, D.C. airwaves, most notably at 96.3FM WQXR, 104 WNCN-FM and WETA-FM, and
Moderator Nancy Goldner, author of The Balanchine Variations