After more than a century, the ballets of Marius Petipa remain a staple of dance companies around the world. Join Alastair Macaulay (The New York Times) and an international panel of dance experts for a symposium shedding new light on Petipa’s formative years in France and Spain; and the preservation of his choreography through a cache of pioneering films rediscovered in Russia in 1995. Alexei Ratmansky (American Ballet Theatre) will offer concluding remarks on his recent reconstructions of "Harlequinade" for ABT and "La Bayadère" for the Staatsballett Berlin, using a unique archive of dance notations in the Harvard Theatre Collection.
Alastair MacaulayChief Dance Critic, The New York Times
Alexei RatmanskyArtist in Residence, American Ballet Theatre
Viktor BocharovFilmmaker and Historian, St. Petersburg
Laura HormigónMagazine ADE-Teatro, Madrid; former prima ballerina, National Ballet of Cuba
Sergey KonaevPrincipal Researcher, The State Institute for Art Studies, Moscow
A reception and viewing of the exhibition, Step Back: Seeing Ballet’s Future in the Past, will follow.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Theatre Collection and the Princeton Department of Music
Irina KlyaginProcessing Archivist, Houghton Library, Harvard University
Simon MorrisonProfessor of Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University
Dale StinchcombAssistant Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University