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03/12/2019 07:00 PM La Maison Française, 16 Washington Mews

Hymn to Apollo: Joint Lecture at La Maison Française

Exhibition Lecture

Clare Fitzgerald

What can we know about ancient dance? Why did European avant-garde artists look to the past at the beginning of the twentieth century? This talks presents an overview of the current ISAW exhibition Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes (on view March 6–June 2, 2019).
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03/20/2019 11:30 AM ISAW Galleries

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Kate Justement

Join us in the galleries for a 20-minute in-depth discussion of a single object from Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes. Every Wednesday from March 6 - May 29 we will focus on one object and explore its specific history, iconography, and manufacture in this brief lunchtime talk. Each discussion will feature a different object, and visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week.
03/25/2019 06:30 PM Center for Ballet and the Arts, NYU, 16-20 Cooper Square

Afternoon of a Faun: Nijinsky, Robbins and Antiquity

Exhibition Event

This event will explore Afternoon of a Faun in three parts: its classical roots, Nijinsky’s Faun, and Robbins’ Faun. Please register via the Center for Ballet and the Arts.
03/28/2019 06:00 PM ISAW

Pilgrimage to an Imagined West: Antiquity and the Early Ballets Russes

Exhibition Lecture

Lynn Garafola

“We were all revolutionists in those days ... fighting for the cause of Russian art,” Serge Diaghilev, the founder and longtime director of the Ballets Russes, told American critic Olin Downes in 1916. “We have tried, ... to build up an art expressive in every phase of the Russian temperament.” Raised in Perm at the foot of the Ural Mountains, Diaghilev began his artistic journey in the Russian heartland, and the early years of the Ballets Russes were filled with its sounds, stories, and images. But the Mediterranean world also beckoned, and its call led to the creation of several ballets set in antiquity, in the imagined heart of the West. This talk will explore the idea of antiquity in the Ballets Russes as an assertion of Western identity amid the exotic splendors of Russianness.
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04/11/2019 06:00 PM ISAW

Moving in Parallel: Ancient and Modern Dance Makers

Exhibition Lecture

Tom Sapsford

Classics scholar and former Royal Ballet dancer Tom Sapsford examines the cultural impact of dance in classical and modern contexts. By putting the professional and personal lives of dancers from the ancient Mediterranean world and early twentieth-century Paris side by side, this lecture explores how these temporally disparate dance makers gained their specific expertise, practiced their art, and realized their aesthetic aims.
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04/13/2019 01:00 PM ISAW

Sketching from Models: Exhibition Event

Joan Chiverton

Illustrator and teaching artist Joan Chiverton leads an afternoon of figure drawing in conjunction with Hymn to Apollo. Participants will develop their sketching skills and discover new ways of seeing as they draw live models in poses inspired by images of dancers depicted in ancient artifacts and modern performances by the Ballets Russes.
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04/24/2019 11:30 AM ISAW Galleries

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Kate Justement

Join us in the galleries for a 20-minute in-depth discussion of a single object from Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes. Every Wednesday from March 6 - May 29 we will focus on one object and explore its specific history, iconography, and manufacture in this brief lunchtime talk. Each discussion will feature a different object, and visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week.
04/28/2019 07:30 PM Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Design Dialogues

(with Works & Process at the Guggenheim)

Inspired by Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes, which is the first exhibition to focus specifically on the role of ancient world in the work of the Ballet Russes, costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung will use original Ballets Russes costumes and designs as their point of departure for this Works & Process costume and dance commission. Please register via the Guggenheim Museum website.
04/29/2019 07:30 PM Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Design Dialogues

(with Works & Process at the Guggenheim)

Inspired by Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes, which is the first exhibition to focus specifically on the role of ancient world in the work of the Ballet Russes, costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung will use original Ballets Russes costumes and designs as their point of departure for this Works & Process costume and dance commission. Please register via the Guggenheim Museum website.
05/04/2019 01:00 PM ISAW

Sketching from Models: Exhibition Event

Joan Chiverton

Illustrator and teaching artist Joan Chiverton leads an afternoon of figure drawing in conjunction with Hymn to Apollo. Participants will develop their sketching skills and discover new ways of seeing as they draw live models in poses inspired by images of dancers depicted in ancient artifacts and modern performances by the Ballets Russes.
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05/09/2019 06:00 PM ISAW

Dance as Reverie: Ancient Preludes to a Modern Idea

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

That the visual experience of ballet performance resembles dreams has been a particularly popular idea in modern times, repeatedly stated in influential nineteenth- century ballet criticism, such as that of Théophile Gautier and Stéphane Mallarmé. This talk will explore the cognitive and broader aesthetic implications of this exciting notion and will trace similar approaches to dance in Greek and Greco-Roman antiquity.
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