This studio series takes audiences beyond the proscenium for intimate conversations and live performance excerpts from the great dance artists of today. Three events in Fall 2019 are hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay.
Programming and dates for Spring 2020 events will be announced at a later date.
MERCE CUNNINGHAM’S SUMMERSPACE
Mon Oct 28, 2019
At its premiere, Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace (1958) made little impression except on those performing the work, yet within a few years, it became recognized for innovative use of space and time. Since then, it has been performed by New York City Ballet and other major ballet companies around the world and is regarded as a masterpiece. Macaulay moderates a conversation with Cunningham stager Jean Freebury alongside demonstrating City Ballet dancers.
THE ART OF PARTNERING
Mon Nov 25, 2019
The choreography of George Balanchine makes singular demands on the male partner, who must sometimes efface himself while anticipating the ballerina’s movements in each moment. Macaulay hosts an insightful evening of performances and explanations of the intricacies of partnering with New York City Ballet dancers, in conversation with NYCB Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford.
HERMAN CORNEJO: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS
Mon Dec 2, 2019
Virtuoso dancer Herman Cornejo celebrates his 20th anniversary with American Ballet Theatre in Fall 2019. Cornejo is recognized for his range as a performer, in works from Giselle to Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite; to premieres by Justin Peck and Alexei Ratmansky; to classics by Ashton, Balanchine, Fokine, MacMillan, and Robbins. Macaulay, in conversation with Cornejo, discusses an illustrious career and the significance of range. Cornejo and guest artists perform excerpts from a broad selection of works.