Fall is here, and that means the kick-off of The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2013-14 season!
In conjunction with the PNB, The Seattle Public Library is pleased to once again host its ballet preview series at the Central Library. Presented by the PNB’s Educational Programs Manager, Doug Fullington, this free lecture series educates dance lovers on the company’s upcoming productions and the history and nuances of ballet and dance in general. Integrating video, sound, and discussion, these hour-long talks are a relaxing way to spend your lunch hour. (Brown bag lunches are welcome.)
Whether you’re attending the ballet this fall or merely curious about ballet, you’re welcome to attend this lecture series. The first preview, AIR TWYLA, will take place this Tuesday, September 24 at noon. See the complete schedule of the 2013-14 previews for more information.
Can’t attend or want to learn more? Here are three titles from our resource list Dance: A Song of the Body. See the list for further reading recommendations as well as DVDs and music.
Ballet 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving the Ballet.
This heady but approachable title is a strong introduction to ballet written by dance lecturer and critic Robert Greskovic. Divided into four thematic sections—a full historical overview of ballet, types of dancers and notable figures, how to watch a ballet, and famous ballets—Ballet 101 offers something for everyone, from the ballet novice to the dance aficionado.
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet.
Written by a historian who is a former dancer with The Pacific Northwest Ballet, Apollo’s Angels traces over 400 years of ballet as an art form, and frames it in the context of influential historical periods from the Renaissance to the Cold War.
Swans of the Kremlin: Ballet and Power in Soviet Russia.
This book integrates holdings from official archives and personal interviews to present a view of dance production and the intersection of art and politics more broadly in Russia during 50 years of Soviet rule.