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Posted 16 September 2002 - 11:58 AM

BOSTON BALLET ANNOUNCES EXCITING LECTURE SERIES

DanceTalks lecture series provide an intimate setting to learn more about
the art of dance

(BOSTON)- Boston Ballet announces its series of DanceTalks, six special evenings at Boston Ballet's studios in Boston's Back Bay. DanceTalks take place at Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, and for the first time, two of the DanceTalks will be repeated in Boston Ballet's new, state-of-the-art MetroWest Studios in Newton.

"DanceTalks series give the public the opportunity to get better acquainted
with dance and Boston Ballet. This series is designed to educate, enlighten and entertain the audience, while learning more about Boston Ballet, its artists, and the art of dance," said Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet Artistic Director.


Tuesday, October 1, 2002, 7 pm - Boston Thursday, October 3, 2002, 7 pm - Newton The Art of Partnering

Laura Young, Boston Ballet's former prima ballerina, now Principal of the
Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education's Newton campus, partners with Anthony Randazzo, former principal dancer of San Francisco Ballet and new Ballet Master at Boston Ballet, to explain partnering technique. They will share their experiences, including what to do when things go wrong
mid-performance. They will also give the male and female perspective, and
will be joined by students who will demonstrate the intricate moves under
discussion.

Thursday, November 7, 2002, 7 pm - Boston The Olympics of Ballet

We know dancers are athletic, but can their art be competitive? Should it
be? Boston Ballet dancers, fresh from this summer's USA International Ballet
Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, will discuss the highlights-and lowlights-of the competitive experience. How did they prepare? What did they learn? Would they do it again? They will be joined by dancers who have competed less recently, and who will discuss
how their careers were (or were not) affected by the experience.

Monday, December 9, 2002, 7 pm - Boston The Big Picture

Choosing, planning for, and producing a ballet season requires teamwork.
Members of Boston Ballet's artistic, production, and wardrobe staffs
describe the intricacies of how a new season is scheduled. The discussion
will be led by Boston Ballet's new Executive Director, Valerie Wilder.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 7 pm - Boston La Fille Mal Gardée

La Fille Mal Gardée is one of the oldest surviving ballets-and one of the
funniest. Christopher Carr and Grant Coyle, who are in Boston to set the
ballet for our Company, and Boston Ballet principal dancer, Paul Thrussell,
will discuss Frederick Ashton's production of this classic. The talk will be illustrated with excerpts danced by Company members.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003, 7 pm - Boston
Thursday, March 13, 2003, 7 pm - Newton
All Balanchine

George Balanchine's ballets combine graceful classical elements with
contemporary wit and style. What was it like to dance for Mr. B.? What should we look for in the four ballets we will be seeing onstage? Join us as Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and dancers who worked under Balanchine
discuss the choreographic legacy of this unique genius.

Thursday, April 24, 2003, 7 pm - Boston
Romeo and Juliet

A timeless story of endless love . . . What sets Rudi van Dantzig's interpretation of Romeo and Juliet apart from the others? Dantzig himself
describes the choreographic process of creating his own version of the
classic tale. His vision will come to life as Boston Ballet dancers demonstrate excerpts from this sumptuous roduction.
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Each presentation lasts an hour and will be followed by an informal reception at which audience members, speakers, and artists gather to discuss
the evening's topics, over refreshments.

Individual tickets for each evening are $12.00, purchased at the studio
beginning at 6 pm before each DanceTalk or in advance by mail. Student
ticket price with a valid ID is $5. Purchase tickets to three or more
DanceTalks at the subscriber's price of $9.00 per ticket. Time permitting,
tickets will be mailed in advance. Programs are subject to change.

DanceTalks are held in Boston at 19 Clarendon Street, and in Newton at 861
Washington Street. Tours of Boston Ballet's studios in Boston are offered to
attendees beginning in the lobby at 6 pm. Please note that the studios are
kept warm for the dancers, so dress accordingly. All programs begin promptly
at 7 pm.


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