A talk with Edward Villella, renowned worldwide for his dramatic transformation of the male image in ballet, opens Barnard College’s series of public dance events. The discussion, moderated by former Twyla Tharp principal and present Barnard Senior Associate of Dance, Katie Glasner, takes place at 7PM on Monday, October 21st at the Diana Event Oval on the Barnard campus.
The talk will mine Villella’s extraordinary career, first as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, where he danced an astonishing range of repertoire, and then as founder of Miami City Ballet, where he was artistic director for twenty-six years. Among the topics to be discussed are Villella’s thoughts on the changing role of ballet in contemporary life. With the explosion of dance in the media, is live performance becoming irrelevant? Moreover, given the rising costs of live performances, where does he see the future of American ballet? Finally, considering the dramatic changes that have taken place in the world of dance, what role does Villella imagine playing in the future of the art form?
The discussion takes place on October 21st at 7pm and is free and open to the public. The Diana Event Oval at Barnard College is located at 3009 Broadway at 117th St.