“We can never be without Balanchine. He is so central to the danse d’ecole in our century, so surely its guiding force, that grief (over his death) becomes mere self-indulgence. Gratitude and joy must be our feeling for what he gave us, and determination that his work and ideas be honored and preserved, and used to illuminate the future for ballet.” -- Clement Crisp
Dancers Over 40 presents a tribute to Balanchine, and to an incredibly talented group of performers who worked with the master during his tenure at NYCB. DO40’s first-ever ballet event features Merrill Ashley, Vida Brown, 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, but not limited to, excerpts from the Zenobia Ballet, On Your Toes, Western Symphony 1st and 3rd movements (with Gene Gavin and Allegra Kent), Sanguinic, Square Dance and Divertimento #15, Fast Variation (featuring both Merrill Ashley and Patricia Wilde), Pulcinella (Carol Sumner), Raymonda Variation and Who Cares? (Bettijane Sills and Frank Ohman), and Divertimento from Midsummer Night’s Dream (Allegra Kent).
Merrill Ashley, Vida Brown, John Clifford, Gene Gavin, Allegra Kent, Frank Ohman, Barbara Milberg Fisher, Bettijane Sills, Carol Sumner, Barbara Walczak, Patricia Wilde with special guests Barbara Horgan, Director of the Balanchine Foundation, Candice Agree, radio host, and Moderator Nancy Goldner, author of The Balanchine Variations