Seminars

Appropriate for all ages


These 90-minute panel discussions will reveal how dancers, composers, and choreographers prepare for performances, from their years of training, through hours of rehearsals and finally, performances on the stage. Other collaborative artists may also speak about their designs for lighting, costumes, and scenery. Seminars are a unique opportunity to hear about the creative process and daily experiences of the artists of New York City Ballet.
Tickets:
$15 per person
Free for New York City Ballet Donors

Location:
David H. Koch Theater
Enter via Lobby
West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue

Monday, September 30, 6 PM
The Origins of Genius
— This seminar invites Elizabeth Kendall to discuss her new book, Balanchine and the Lost Muse, a work that delves into the early life and formative years of New York City Ballet Co-Founder and Founding Choreographer George Balanchine.

Monday, January 27, 6 PM
New Adventures — In light of the retirements of several long time principal dancers, we depart from our usual focus on younger Company members in this yearly seminar devoted to our dancers. For this special evening we invite you to join us as we reminisce, look to the future, and celebrate the New York City Ballet careers of Jenifer Ringer, Janie Taylor, Sebastien Marcovici, and Jonathan Stafford. NYCB Principal Dancer Tyler Angle will moderate the discussion.
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Monday, February 10, 6 PM
20th Century Violin Concerti — Moderated by composer Daniel Ott, 20th Century Violin Concerti will be a musical discussion about the place of solo musicians in 20th-century music, specifically the rise of the solo violin voice and how the emergence of great violinists is inspiring composers today.
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Monday, May 19, 6 PM
Designs for Ballets
— This seminar will be a panel discussion on costuming. NYCB Director of Costumes Marc Happel will share the original ideas and incarnations of New York City Ballet’s renowned costume designer Barbara Karinska. Happel will also explain how her designs have been adapted over the years.
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Monday, June 2, 6 PM
First Performances In the New Theater — Paying homage to New York City Ballet’s 50th anniversary at its home in Lincoln Center, this panel discussion will feature current and original cast members of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream as they compare their experiences performing this magical ballet both during NYCB’s inaugural season at Lincoln Center in 1964 and now, 50 years later.
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New York City Ballet gratefully acknowledges the special cooperation of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Photo © Erin Baiano