Seminar Dates & Times

Tuesdays     |     2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST



September 22
October 6, 20
November 17
December 1, 8


Watching Balanchine

with Heather Watts

Moderated by Heather Watts

George Balanchine (1904-1983) is widely regarded as the greatest ballet choreographer of all time. His New York City Ballet, founded with Lincoln Kirstein in 1948, placed dance at the center of the creative engine in New York City in a golden era of artistic invention. He made ballet an American art, building on European traditions to make a new classicism, featuring his theatrical dancers infused with energy, speed, and the spare austerity of modernism. 

Our discussions with video will cover Balanchine’s Imperial Russian heritage; his mentoring by Serge Diaghilev; his choreography and teaching at NYCB; his musical biases, including Tschaikovsky and Stravinsky; his affection for all things American; and the legacy that has emerged since his death in 1983. 

Audio/video will be used.

Session 1 Introduction: Balanchine’s Life and Works
Session 2 Diaghilev Era: Apollo (1928) and The Prodigal Son (1929)
Session 3 America: Serenade (1934) and The Four Temperaments (1946)
Session 4 NYCB at NY City Center (1948) : Nutcracker (1954), Western Symphony (1954), Stars and Stripes (1958)
Session 5 Stravinsky: Agon (1957) and the 1972 Stravinsky Festival
Session 6 NY State Theatre: Jewels (1967) and Davidsbündlertänze (1980)

Seminar Cost: $450 (tax-deductible portion $225)