Balanchine (left) and Stravinsky
Balanchine (left) and Stravinsky

George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky changed the world of dance in the 20th century. Balanchine used Stravinsky’s music creatively, ultimately shaping what is now American dance. Their collaboration was based on a new sense of choreography with dance evolving from the music, not music created for the dance.

The second of three weekly presentations highlighting these giants of ballet and music through presentation, film, and discussion will begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 14) in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy. Join us for this opportunity to increase our appreciation for both dance and music.

Guides for the Jan. 14 presentation are Daniel Asia and James Edwin “Jed” Kee. Asia will contribute to our listening of Stravinsky, enriching awareness in what is different when the two masters of dance and music collaborated.

Daniel Asia
Daniel Asia

Asia is a professor of Composition at the University of Arizona, and conductor of The Musical Elements, a New York-based contemporary chamber ensemble which he co-founded.

He has composed and recorded five symphonies. The fifth symphony was recently finished for the Tucson and Jerusalem symphony orchestras in celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary.  Asia is also renowned for a piano concerto, outstanding chamber music and many solo works.

Academy Village resident Kee has decades of interest in ballet history, sharing his enthusiasm, knowledge and insights on the roots of American ballet. He is a professor emeritus of Public Policy and Administration at George Washington University, the outgoing executive director of Ballet Tucson, and former treasurer and president of Metropolitan Theatre and Ballet Company.

Written by Sharon Stetz, Academy Village Volunteer

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Balanchine and Stravinsky: Evolving Dance from Music: January 2016
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