Works & Process Series at the Guggenheim – Upcoming Programs

Via Press Release:

Two upcoming programs in the Guggenheim’s Works and Process series, both to be streamed live via ustream.

How Judges Judge – Youth America Grand Prix – 6 and 7 March at 7:30pm

Join Youth America Grand Prix jury members Gailene Stock, Director of the Royal Ballet School; Franco de Vita, Director of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre; and Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West, to gain an insight into the YAGP selection process and watch as they critique dancers’ performances during an impromptu ballet competition, on stage, simulating a ballet scholarship competition and what happens in casting and dance auditions at dance companies and schools around the world.

The program will be presented in anticipation of YAGP’s annual Gala, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” at NY City Center on 22 March, 2011, featuring YAGP winners and invited guest stars from around the world.

Student Dancers

Aran Bell , Hannah Bettes, Derek Dunn, Miko Fogarty, Nayara Lopes, Drew Nelson, Gaya Bommer Yemini, Sam Zaldivar.


Students will dance classical and modern pieces along with solos and Pas de Deux which will be interspersed with judge’s commentary.

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The Royal Danish Ballet – 20 & 21 March at 7:30 pm

Online chat guest hosted by NYCB’s Ashley Bouder (@ashleybouder) on 20 March and The Winger‘s Ashley Candice Thompson with DIY Dancer (@diydancer ) on 21 March.

Prior to their North American tour in May and June 2011, Royal Danish Ballet dancers will perform excerpts from their repertory. Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet principal Nikolaj Hübbe will share his vision for the company in a discussion moderated by John Meehan, Professor of Dance at Vassar College.

Ulrik Birkkjær as James in The Royal Danish Ballet's production of La Sylphide. Photo: Henrik Stenberg / RDB ©

Nikolaj Hübbe
John Meehan

Susanne Grinder (Principal)
Gudrun Bojesen (Principal)
Amy Watson (Principal)
Kizzy Matiakis (Soloist)

Jean-Lucien Massot (Principal)
Thomas Lund (Principal)
Ulrik Birkkjær (Principal)
Nikolaj Hansen (Soloist)
Alban Lendorf (Soloist)
Alexander Stæger (Soloist)


Dancers will perform highlights from August Bournonville’s The Jockey Dance, La Sylphide, A Folk Tale, and Bournonville Variations, plus Nikolaj Hübbe’s new staging of Napoli, and Jorma Elo’s Lost on Slow.

  • Excerpts from Bournonville Variations
    Music: Bournonville schools arranged by Martin Ã…kerwall
    Danced by Alban Lendorf, Ulrik Birkkjær, Thomas Lund, Nicolai Hansen, Alexander Stæger
  • Excerpts from Lost on Slow
    Music: Antonio Vivaldi
    Choreography: Jorma Elo
    Costumes: Annette Nørgaard
    Danced by Kizzy Matiakis, Amy Watson and Jean-Lucien Massot
  • The Jockey Dance
    Music: C. C. Møller
    Choreography: August Bournonville
    Costumes: Jens-Jacob Worsaae
    Danced by Thomas Lund, Alban Lendorf
  • Excerpts from A Folk Tale
    Music: N. W. Gade, J. P. E. Hartmann
    Choreography: August Bournonville
    Pas de sept danced by Gudrun Bojesen, Susanne Grinder, Kizzy Matiakis, Amy Watson, Ulrik Birkkjær, Nicolai Hansen, Alexander Stæger
  • Excerpts from La Sylphide (Window Scene and Death scene)
    Music: H. S. Løvenskiold
    Choreography: August Bournonville
    Costumes: Mikael Melbye
    Dancers: Gudrun Bojesen, Ulrik Birkkjær
  • Excerpts from Napoli
    Music: E. Helsted, H. C. Lumbye, H. S. Paulli, Ole Bull
    Choreography: Nikolaj Hübbe
    Costumes: Maja Ravn
    Dancers: Susanne Grinder, Alexander Stæger (Pas de Deux from Act I). All (the Tarantella)

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