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ACB takes you 2,500 miles behind
the scenes

…for unparalleled access to arts, artists, and experiences unavailable anywhere else. It starts with a kickoff dinner in the city with ACB's Artistic Director and dancers.

As the trip unfolds, we'll go inside the studio of renowned fashion photographer Victor Demarchelier as he creates ACB's Season IX images -- and then takes your portrait. We'll drink mezcal with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen in his NYC home and hear him discuss his newest score for ACB. We'll also watch Balanchine's protégé Suki Schorer teach a private class at School of American Ballet and talk with her afterwards. And, we'll attend New York City Ballet's performance of three Balanchine classics, including the incomparable La Valse.

May 6-9, 2020 • space is limited


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.

May 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

July 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

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.

May 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

July 12, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.


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).