Dr. Tim Scholl: The History and Influence of Russian Ballet
Join us this spring as we welcome visiting scholar Dr. Tim Scholl, who will lead a fascinating series of events designed to explore Russia’s impact on modern ballet. Learn more about dance legends Nijinsky and Diaghilev. Go behind the scenes at the Ballet Russes. Find out how Russian dance artists like Petipa and Barishnykov influence the ballet we see today.
Each lecture will be followed by an informal reception with Dr. Scholl and other company artists. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and wine by William Hill® Estate Winery plus stimulating discussions about ballet with other dance aficionados.
These events are held in conjunction with SF Ballet’s production of Onegin, a lavish full-length ballet based on Alexander Pushkin’s classic Russian novel, which runs March 21-28 at the War Memorial Opera House. These interesting events are sure to enhance your performance experience. Space is limited, so reserve your tickets now using the links below!
Lecture/Reception Pricing: $30; SF Ballet subscribers $20.
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LECTURES AND REGISTRATION
Narrative Ballets 19th Century to Now
Saturday March 23 | 5–6:30pm | Dollar Board Room
Russian Story ballets pose different challenges for the choreographer
from those of the abstract, non-narrative ballets made popular by George Balanchine in the twentieth century. Professor Tim Scholl will talk about the history of narrative ballets by Russian choreographers from the 19th century to the present. From Petipa to Ratmansky, Dr. Scholl will examine how Russian choreographers have translated the written word into dance.
The Ballet Russes—A Golden Era of Ballet
Sunday, March 24 | 5–6:30pm | Dollar Board Room
The Ballets Russes marked a period of fertile collaboration among some of the most important visual artists, designers, composers, and choreographers of the twentieth century. Professor Tim Scholl gives an overview of the fascinating history and lasting influences of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes.
Russian Influence on American Ballet
Tuesday, March 26 | 6–7:30pm | Dollar Board Room
From choreographer Marius Petipa to superstar dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Russians have left an indelible mark on American ballet. Indeed, until the 1950s, the word “ballet” was synonymous with “Russian ballet.” Professor Tim Scholl will examine the many ways Russian artists have influenced the development of American ballet, including San Francisco Ballet.
For tickets by phone, call 415.865.2000.
For more information, please contact Cecelia Beam, adult education coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.