Ballet 360°: George Balanchine & Suzanne Farrell
Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form.
Suzanne Farrell, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, was especially known for her extraordinary artistic relationship with George Balanchine. As his muse, she seemed to dance his thoughts. How does a great choreographer use a great ballerina? Does he find her strengths and show her at her best, expand her range, or merely let her interpret the music under his guiding hand? Balanchine seemed to do all this and more, and Farrell responded, giving some of the most exquisite and exciting performances this Opera House has ever seen. After she stopped dancing, and more than 30 years after Balanchine's death, Farrell continues to reveal his artistry to contemporary audiences and inspired dozens of young dancers to understand his works and keep them alive for another 50 years. How does an artist keep the souls of ballet alive so vividly?
Lecture Timing: 90 minutes with no intermission
NOTE: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet does not participate in this session.