When you see several dancers attempt the same dance, you will gain insight into what is challenging and what is possible for the dancer to achieve artistically.
With ACB's Artistic Director Lincoln Jones as your guide, you will learn how to articulate the differences between the dancer and the dance. This is almost never done in ballet, so don't miss your chance to experience it.
Followed by a reception with the artists and live music
Dancing School 1: Masterworks
Sunday, May 20th, 4:00-5:00 pm
Get a first look at the summer repertory as ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones takes you inside Balanchine's fiendishly difficult I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise variation from Who Cares? (music by Gershwin).
Dancing School 2: New Jones Choreography
Sunday, July 22nd, 4:00-5:00 pm
You’ll see the dancers perform variations from Jones' new ballet Candide Overture (music by Bernstein). Not only will you get an insider's look into the dancers’ technical and artistic process, but the choreographic process as well. Will the variations remain the same when it is premiered?
What will you hear when ballet dancers speak?
Conversations investigates the art of ballet through different perspectives. ACB invites artists and thinkers from diverse fields into the studio 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 artists and live music
This series is exclusively for Ballet Society members.
Conversation 1: Creating an Immersive Experience
Sunday, May 20th, 5:30-6:30 pm
Ballet Society members are invited to a panel discussion looking back on the new, immersive productions which premiered in season 7, featuring the designers and artists who worked on Inferno, The Nutcracker Suite, and Astaire Dances.
Conversation 2: The Schoenbergs
Sunday, July 22nd, 5:30-6:30 pm
Ronald and Lawrence Schoenberg, sons of the man that is often called "the father of modern music', join ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones in a conversation about their father, Arnold, in anticipation of ACB's new ballet to his Verklärte Nacht.
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 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.
Friday, July 13th, 1:00-2:00pm
Followed by light reception
Membership benefit for Ballet Society Gold and above (two seats per membership)
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 director.
Friday, April 27th, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Friday, July 13th, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Viewings are followed by a light reception
Membership benefit for Ballet Society Plus and above (two seats per membership)