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A Staging-in-Process of George Balanchine’s Gounod Symphony By The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Followed by A Conversation with Suzanne Farrell

by Helene Davis
September 8, 2016
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU
566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Sq South)
New York, NY 10012
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will perform a staging-in-process showing of the second movement of the rarely performed Balanchine ballet "Gounod Symphony" on Sunday, September 11 at 3 pm at NYU Skirball Center. Presented in collaboration with The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, the revived work will premiere in full at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. October 21-23, 2016.

The performance will be followed by a conversation with Suzanne Farrell, Artistic Director of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and Jennifer Homans, Founder and Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. They will discuss Ms. Farrell’s re-staging of the "Gounod Symphony" and her work with the company.

Choreographed in 1958 to Charles Gounod`s Symphony No. 1, Gounod Symphony is an unabashed celebration of the corps: 20 women and 10 men weave in and out of nonstop geometric patterns and spirals as two principal dancers summon Balanchine`s classical inspirations.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, under the artistic direction of George Balanchine's most celebrated muse, continues to flourish as the Kennedy Center’s own ballet company in Washington, D.C. Combining her vast artistic strengths and teaching gifts with her deep, inimitable insight into the Balanchine canon, Ms. Farrell carries forth Balanchine’s enduring legacy—sharing his profound vision and influential works with world audiences via company tours, artistic partnerships, and educational residencies. www.suzannefarrellballet.org


NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. NYU Skirball’s mission is to showcase and support diverse and eclectic talent from around the world, while cultivating audiences for live performance through deeper engagement opportunities. For more information visit: www.nyuskirball.org.


Tickets are $20 and $25, and may be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.
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