In Ashton and Balanchine: Parallel Lives, CBA’s annual Lincoln Kirstein Lecture co-presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, The New York Times’s chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay illustrated the ways in which Frederick Ashton and George Balanchine watched each other, took ideas from each other, differed from each other, and, between them, did more than anyone else in twentieth-century ballet to advance the nature of classicism in dance.
Peter Kayafas, Director and President of Eakins Press Foundation, provided introductory remarks.
Read a written version of the talk.
Alastair Macaulay has been the chief dance critic of The New York Times since 2007. He was previously the chief theater critic of The Financial Times in London (1994-2007) and the chief dance critic for The Times Literary Supplement (1996-2006), founding editor (1983-88) of the British quarterly Dance Theatre Journal, and a guest dance critic for The New Yorker (1988 and 1992).