Balanchine Lecture

Ballet West offered a free lecture last night before dress rehearsal, in the lobby of the Capitol Theatre. ┬áNoted dance writer and New York Post dance critic Leigh Witchel was in from New York City and he spoked eloquently about Balanchine and interestingly the effects living in New York City had on Balanchine’s creativity. ┬áBalanchine Ballerinas Victoria Simon (the first to stage his ballets) and Elyse Borne both members of the Balanchine Trust then joined Leigh for a Q & A which was moderated by Adam Sklute.

Leigh Witchel, Victoria Simon, Elyse Born and Adam Sklute

New York City Ballet Star Conrad Ludlow and his wife Joy attended the event.

Guest Lecturer Leigh Witchel

-Mark

One thought on “Balanchine Lecture”

  1. What a great event! It was wonderful to hear from the dancers who where there. Having Conrad and Joy also sharing stories of dancing added to the “close-up” nature of the presentation. Vicky Simon and Elyse Borne sharing about the importance of their role in preserving and sharing the genius that is Balanchine was one full of passion and reverance. Mr. Witchel’s stories of the ballets was nicely done with the personalization of his own mother growing up in New York City. It really was a very special event as pointed out by those present…there are fewer dancers around that can say they danced for Mr. B.

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