Diaghilev Exhibition in DC (May 12-Sep 2, 2013)press releases on special programs and cafe
Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:12 AM
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:19 AM
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Posted Today, 06:19 AM
Housed on the two uppermost floors of the gallery's East Building, at least a dozen ballets are given their very own rooms. The Parade room is a special favourite of mine, showing the original huge sculptural costumes by Picasso for the two Manager characters...and an enticing film of the ballet, as performed by the Europa Danse company in 2007. (Gee, I'd love to buy that film but couldn't find it in the otherwise-magnificent and well-stocked gift shop, upon exiting the show. Ditto the one-minute excerpt from Balanchine's version of Le Chant du Rossignol - a group dance performed by Le Ballet de Monte-Carlo 4-5 years ago. Wow.)
If at all possible, come during a weekday, when the crowds are less. (Hey, it's FREE & it's open every day of the week, every week between now and Labor Day in September!) Then again, most of the special events, such as ballet demonstrations, concerts, lectures, symposia, happen only on weekends.
Alas, there is no 'free' brochure of this magnificent exhibition, as there usually are at the NGA for similar large-scaled shows in the past. Another victim of USG budget cuts, I was told by a volunteer - ahhhhhh...... As there is no handy-dandy list of special associated events, in chronological order, I'm listing them here, from my own raggedy notes. ALL are free of charge; no reservs needed - first come, first served. All events listed here are in the large East Building Auditorium (lower 'concourse' level), unless otherwise noted:
Fri, May 31 - two ballet-related movies: 1pm - The Red Shoes; 3:45pm - Ballets Russes documentary
*THE BIGGIE: Sat, June 1 - 11am to 3:30pm (4.5 hours): Diaghilev Symposium, with many famous guest scholars from the worlds of art, music & ballet, including Tim Scholl (who all of us know from the book on the Sleeping Beauty-1890 recon).
*Another Biggie: Sun, June 2 - 2pm: Main lecture on the exhibition, with Jane Prichard, curator of the show, who'll be available to sign the exhib catalog afterwards.
Sunday, June 9, 1pm and 3:30pm (not sure if this means repetition of the same show): Ballet Demonstraton with The Wasington Ballet dancers. East Building Mezzanine (the large space before the entrance to the exhibition).
Sat, June 15, 2pm: Lecture - "Fashion and the Ballet Russe" - NGA lecturer Jon Frederick. West Building Ground-floor lecture hall.
Sun, July 7, 2pm - Lecture - "Bronislava Nijinska" - guest scholar Lynn Garafola
Sat, July 13, 1pm and 3:30pm - Ballet Demo by dancers of DC's Kirov Academy of Ballet - East Building Mezzanine (the large space before the entrance to the exhibition).
Sun, July 14, 2pm - Lecture "Dancing with the Stars" about art works on the theme of ballet, in the NGA's permanent holdings (including, I assume, the famous painting of Marie Camargo) - NGA lecturer Diane Arkin
Sun, July 21, 2pm - Lecture on "The Rite of Spring" by Sarah kennel (NGA Assoc Curator of Photography)
Sun, July 28 at 2pm - lecture "Vaudeville and Popular Dance,' NGA lecturer Wilford Scott
Sun, Aug 4, 2pm lecture - "Little Dancers After Degas," NGA lecturer Maryanna Ramirez
Double-Header Sunday! Sun, Aug 11 - 1pm and 3:30pm Ballet Demo by DC's Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dancers (East Bldg Mezzanine); 2pm lecture "Peasant Dance in Art" with NGA lecturer Lorena Barnes
p.s. - The 'Cafe Ballets Russes' in the West Bldg's Garden Cafe area is definitely worth a stop. While all of the Tsarist-era Russian Cuisine items look delicious (all can be sampled in the buffet option), I highly recommend the Salmon Coulibiac prepared the old-fashioned way - with spinach, all baked in a dough, with a caper sauce on the side. Be sure to ask for the free recipe card for this.
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