After more than a century, the ballets of Marius Petipa remain a staple of dance companies around the world. Join Alastair Macaulay (The New York Times) and an international panel of dance experts for a symposium shedding new light on Petipa’s formative years in France and Spain; and the preservation of his choreography through a cache of pioneering films rediscovered in Russia in 1995. Alexei Ratmansky (American Ballet Theatre) will offer concluding remarks on his recent reconstructions of Harlequinade for ABT and La Bayadère for the Staatsballett Berlin, using a unique archive of dance notations in the Harvard Theatre Collection.


Alastair Macaulay
Chief Dance Critic, The New York Times

Alexei Ratmansky
Artist in Residence, American Ballet Theatre

Viktor Bocharov
Filmmaker and Historian, St. Petersburg

Laura Hormigón
Magazine ADE-Teatro, Madrid; former prima ballerina, National Ballet of Cuba

Sergey Konaev
Principal Researcher, The State Institute for Art Studies, Moscow

A reception and viewing of the exhibition, Step Back: Seeing Ballet’s Future in the Past, will follow. 

Seating is limited; please RSVP. 

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Theatre Collection and the Princeton Department of Music

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