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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ballet appreciation course in Ottawa Fall 2015

I will be offering an "Introduction to the Ballet Broadcast Season" course at Carleton University this fall.

Week 1 – Star-crossed lovers
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Prokofiev's stirring music have inspired almost every ballet choreographer. We look particularly at the version by Royal Ballet choreographer Kenneth MacMillan.

Week 2 – Sunny Spain and Sleeping Beauties – the St Petersburg version
In Don Quixote, the late 19th-century team of choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Ludwig Minkus filled the stage with fun and virtuosity. Spanish? Not really, but who cares. Later, Petipa teamed up with Tchaikovsky to create a masterpiece that is more than just a fairy tale.

Week 3 – The Two Masters of American Ballet
George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins tower over all other choreographers of ballet in America. Two of their most beautiful pas de deux, Afternoon of a Faun and Tchaikovsky pas de deux, reveal much about their different styles and personalities.

Week 4 – Men Leaping About
The Bolshoi Ballet has long been renowned for its strong male dancing, and this is particularly on display in Spartacus, a dramatic blockbuster set in ancient Rome by the Bolshoi's longtime choreographer Yuri Grigorovich.

Week 5 – Not Swans, but Pigeons
In The Two Pigeons, the master of the warm fuzzies, Frederick Ashton, takes a simple tale of a wayward lover who comes back to his sweetheart and leaves you in tears with a beautiful pas de deux created for a Canadian ballerina.

Week 6 – Mermaids, Marguerite, and the Man from Milwaukee
John Neumeier, the creative genius of the Hamburg Ballet, keeps the art of the story ballet alive and pays homage to the history of ballet. His Lady of the Camellias is one of the most heart-wrenching works in the repertoire.

Fridays, September 18th – October 23rd
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
Lectures, discussions, film clips 
Fee: $130.00 (HST included)
Enrollment capacity: 55 participants  

Registration for all lecture series begins on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration details can be found on Carleton's website:

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