BACKSTAGE PROGRAMS


DANCING SCHOOL

If you want to learn how ballet works, you’ll be unlikely to find a way that is more entertaining, dynamic, and illuminating than this. 

Dancing School uses an approach rarely, if ever, seen – dance in comparative performance. Multiple dancers attempt the same, short, solo dance, and ACB’s Artistic Director compares them, movement by movement, in real time, articulating for the audience their strengths, weaknesses, and differences in expression. There is no faster or more enlightening way to understand how ballet technique and artistic expression in dance function, and to see further into choreography and the art form itself. 

Followed by a reception with the artists and live music.

Dancing School I

Saturday, May 11, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm

See an excerpt of Raymonda that hasn’t been seen for over 100 years.

Receive a package discount when you also purchase tickets for Variations on Raymonda.

Dancing School II

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019
4:00–5:00 pm

This Dancing School is a special preview where you'll see dancers try choreography from ACB's upcoming world premiere ballet Death and the Maiden.

Receive a package discount when you also purchase tickets for Death and the Maiden.

TICKETS: $45–$85

CONVERSATIONS

Conversations investigates the art of ballet through different perspectives. ACB invites artists and thinkers from diverse fields to talk with ACB about what they see in the studio. Past Conversations have included LA Times investigative journalist Jeffrey Fleishman on building a ballet, actress Jane Kaczmarek on the audition process, and painter Kenton Nelson on the creative process.

Followed by a reception with the artists and live music. 

Membership benefit of Ballet Society.

CONVERSATION I

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE and time:

Saturday, May 11, 2019
5:00-6:00 pm

In June ACB is presenting choreography from one of most important ballets in history. It was choreographed by the great genius of 19th century ballet to one of the greatest scores ever written for dance, and it hasn’t been seen for over 100 years. At Conversation I, you’ll meet Doug Fullington, the man who is doing the reconstruction, and one of the few people in the world who can read 19th century dance notation.

CONVERSATION II

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019
5:30–6:30 pm

While most of his artistic peers were in ballet class from a young age, ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones was skateboarding, and skate culture has informed his approach to ballet, choreography, and building a ballet company.

In this Conversations, ACB hosts professional skateboarder, musician, and actor Na-Kel Smith, star of Jonah Hill’s 2018 film Mid90s, and Federico Vitetta, director of the skateboarding films Wet Dream and The Flare to talk about the innovation and creativity inherent in the skateboarding world, and the parallels between the evolution of skateboarding culture and ballet.


COMPANY CLASS VIEWING

A Day in the life of an ACB dancer

Sit in on an ACB company class. This is an opportunity to be a fly on the wall for the real thing. You will see what the dancer’s day is like, witness the culture of life in the studio, and observe the unfiltered interactions between the dancers and the Artistic Director. 

DATES TBA

Followed by a light reception.

Membership benefit for Ballet Society Plus and above (two seats per membership).
 

REHEARSAL VIEWING

the creative process

Have the rare opportunity to sit in on the rehearsal of a new ballet in the process of its creation. You will see the Artistic Director shaping his ideas and the dancers trying steps for the first time. You may even see a different version of the ballet from the one that ultimately makes it to the stage.

DATES TBA

Followed by a light reception.

Membership benefit for Ballet Society Gold and above (two seats per membership).


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"LOST FILMS" AT THE PALEY CENTER

Sunday, September 23, 2018
3:00PM

At the Paley Center for Media
465 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The 20th century was the first to have its dance documented on film. It also happened to be the century in which the man who was arguably the greatest choreographer in history was working. 

ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones takes you on a journey through some of the most exciting and important films from this period, some of which are little known. It is also a deeply personal journey, as these are the films that shaped his and Executive Director Theresa Farrell’s decision to found American Contemporary Ballet. 

TICKETS: $250
ONLY 25 SEATS AVAILABLE

All proceeds will support ACB dancer salaries.