Press Release

November 03, 2014

Live From Lincoln Center Presents "Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances” December 12

Live From Lincoln Center

Date: November 3, 2014

Eric M. Gewirtz

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LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: 40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON


“Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances”

Rare glimpse of Rehearsals and Performances by

Future Dance Stars at School of American Ballet

with Host Audra McDonald


Friday, December 12, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — For the first time on Live From Lincoln Center, the curtain will be drawn back on one of the world’s premier ballet academies – the School of American Ballet – with the presentation of the School’s 50th Annual Workshop Performance. Taped during a live event in May 2014, this coming broadcast will feature performances and rare behind-the-scenes footage, demonstrating the legacy and continuing tradition of the excellence fostered at this prestigious academy and showcasing the talented dancers of the future. Live From Lincoln Center’s 40th anniversary season presentation of the “Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances” will air on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS (*check local listings), hosted by Audra McDonald.


This past Spring, the 50th Annual Workshop featured a program specially chosen to recognize the School’s co-founder George Balanchine and former faculty member Alexandra Danilova, who together launched SAB’s first year-end student showcase in 1965. The all-Balanchine program, which was presented at Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, included the seminal Serenade as well as excerpts from such famous works as Coppélia, Swan Lake, and Western Symphony. These excerpts were taught by some of the world’s most-acclaimed instructors and foremost stagers of Balanchine’s work, including Peter Martins and Darci Kistler, who also appear in this broadcast, talking about the school and its history, the works, and the dancers to be featured. This broadcast represents the first-ever School of American Ballet presentation on Live From Lincoln Center.


>> Watch a preview here: http://youtu.be/9dpt4isQPhE


The School of American Ballet (SAB), the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was founded by Lincoln Kirstein and legendary choreographer George Balanchine in 1934 as the first and most essential step in their mission to establish a uniquely American classical ballet company. Since its founding, SAB has elevated the quality of American dance and is today the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other institution. At the end of each school year, advanced students are selected to perform in the School’s Spring Workshop, which is presented in this broadcast, providing audiences a unique opportunity to witness the pre-professional debuts of the nation’s most talented ballet students as they prepare to embark on professional ballet careers with notable companies in the U.S. and abroad.


This episode of Live From Lincoln Center is directed for television by Matthew Diamond, who also directed The Nance which aired earlier in this anniversary season as well as Dance in America, as well as documentary segments contributed by Elliot Caplan, the filmmaker in residence at the Cunningham Dance Company from 1983-1998). The executive producer of the Live From Lincoln Center series is Andrew C. Wilk.


About School of American Ballet

The School of American Ballet, founded by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein in 1934, is the premier ballet academy in the United States. Approximately 570 boys and girls ranging in age from six to nineteen attend classes during the Winter Term at SAB, which is both a resident organization of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the official academy of New York City Ballet. While children enrolled at the School hail from the New York metro area, SAB’s intermediate and advanced classes are filled with talented students from around the U.S. and abroad, with more than 60 living in the School’s onsite residence hall. Each year, twenty advanced students on average sign professional contracts with dance companies around the United States and abroad. Not only do SAB alumni comprise 97 percent of New York City Ballet, but dancers trained at the School also currently appear on the rosters of over 70 U.S. and more than a dozen international companies. For more information: sab.org


About Live From Lincoln Center

Live From Lincoln Center is a cornerstone of performing arts broadcasting, presenting the world’s greatest artists and performances in music, dance and theater from Lincoln Center’s renowned stages. Now in its 40th season on PBS, the pioneering series—produced by Lincoln Center—has been seen by hundreds of millions of viewers since its debut and celebrated by 13 Emmy Awards and other honors for its broadcasting excellence. Additional Live From Lincoln Center content is accessible online at PBS.org and watch.lincolncenter.org. For more about upcoming broadcasts, visit livefromlincolncenter.org


About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and 11 resident organizations: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information: aboutlincolncenter.org


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SAB 2014 Workshop Performances "Western Symphony"
Caption: Christopher Grant leading the ensemble in the Fourth Movement from Western Symphony at the School of American Ballet’s 2014 Workshop Performances.Photo by Paul Kolnik. Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust.
Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik
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SAB 2014 Workshop Performances "Western Symphony"
Caption: Clara Miller and Christopher Grant leading the ensemble in the Fourth Movement from "Western Symphony" at the School of American Ballet’s 2014 Workshop Performances.Photo by Paul Kolnik. Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust.
Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik
Size: 2850x1964
SAB 2014 Workshop Performances "Swan Lake"
Caption: Alston Macgill and Joshua Shutkind leading the ensemble in excerpts from "Swan Lake" at the School of American Ballet’s 2014 Workshop Performances.
Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik
Size: 3000x1950
SAB 2014 Workshop Performances "Swan Lake"
Caption: Alston Macgill in excerpts from "Swan Lake" at the School of American Ballet’s 2014 Workshop Performances.Photo by Paul Kolnik. Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust.
Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik
Size: 3600x2400
SAB 2014 Workshop Performances "Serenade"
Caption: Addie Tapp and the ensemble of "Serenade" at the School of American Ballet’s 2014 Workshop Performances. Photo by Paul Kolnik. Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust.
Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik
Size: 3600x2400
SAB 2014 Workshop Performances "Serenade"
Caption: Addie Tapp and the ensemble of "Serenade" at the School of American Ballet’s 2014 Workshop Performances. Photo by Paul Kolnik. Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust.
Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik
Size: 3300x2200
SAB 2014 Workshop Performances "Serenade"
Caption: "Serenade" at the School of American Ballet’s 2014 Workshop Performances.?Photo by Paul Kolnik. Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust.
Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik
Size: 3600x1961
SAB 2014 Workshop Performances "Serenade"
Caption: Addie Tapp and Preston Chamblee in "Serenade" at the School of American Ballet’s 2014 Workshop Performances. Photo by Paul Kolnik. Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust.
Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik
Size: 2400x1895
SAB 2014 Workshop Performances "Serenade"
Caption: Peter Martins, Artistic Director; dancers Preston Chamblee and Addie Tapp; "Serenade" at the School of American Ballet’s 2014 Workshop Performances. Photo by Paul Kolnik. Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust.
Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik
Size: 2850x2250

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