Dancers Over 40, the organization "dedicated to preserving the History, Legacy and Lives of our creative community, while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers" will present a tribute to the great George Balanchine, and the incredibly talented group of performers who worked with the master during his tenure at New York City Ballet. The event will take place tonight, October 8th at 8 p.m. at St. Luke's Theater (308 West 46th Street).
Tickets are $40 and $65 (premium seats) and are available through Telecharge (212-239-6200) or online at telecharge.com. DO40 members can purchase $20 tickets with discount code by calling (212) 947-8844 or online at broadwayoffers.com. Tickets may also be obtained at the St. Luke's Theater box office, which is open daily from 2-6pm. For further information, please call the DO40 Hotline at (212) 330-7016.
DO40's first-ever ballet event will feature Merrill Ashley, VIda Brown, Marge Champion, John Clifford, Gene Gavin, Allegra Kent, Frank Ohman, Barbara Milberg Fisher, Bettijane Sills, Carol Sumner, Barbara Walczak and Patricia Wilde. Extremely rare film and video clips will be shown, including excerpts from the Zenobia Ballet, On Your Toes, Western Symphony 1st and 3rd movements (with Mr. Gavin and Ms. Kent), Sanguinic Square Dance and Divertimento #15, (featuring both Ms. Ashley and Ms. Wilde), Pulcinella (Ms. Sumner), Raymonda Variation and Who Cares? (Ms. Sills and Mr. Ohman) and Divertimento from A Midsummer Night's Dream (Ms. Kent).
The evening will feature special guests Barbara Horgan, Director of The Balanchine Foundation and Candice Agree, radio host for WQXR-FM. Nancy Goldner, author of "The Balanchine Variations", and Robert Greskovic, dance critic for The Wall Street Journal, will moderate the evening. The event will be videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.