Mark Morris, Helen Vendler, and Marina Warner are among the guest lecturers, artists and performers featured in the public programs hosted by the Center for Ballet and the Arts this fall.

Mark Morris (Oct. 20), Helen Vendler (Nov. 4), Edward Villella (Nov. 16), and Marina Warner (Oct. 13) are among the guest lecturers, artists and performers featured in the public programs hosted by the Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) at New York University this fall.

With the exception of the inaugural Lincoln Kirstein Lecture on November 4, all events are free and will be held in the program’s Greenwich Village home, located at 20 Cooper Square, 2nd floor (between East 5th and East 6th streets) and are open to the public. Seating for free events is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8816 or visit Subways: 6 (Astor Place, Spring Street); N, R (8th street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. – Sor’Aqua: A Ballet in Four Tempi, scholar Marina Warner, composer Joanna MacGregor, and choreographer Kim Brandstrup present and discuss their work at CBA on a new ballet around the theme of water, drawn from Eastern and Western fairy tales.

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. – Music and Dance. Choreographer Mark Morris joins dance scholar and critic Stephanie Jordan, pianist Colin Fowler, and composer Scott Wheeler for CBA’s first in what will be an ongoing series of events centered on the theme of music and dance. This event also marks the publication of a new book on Morris and music.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m. – FIRST ANNUAL LINCOLN KIRSTEIN LECTURE: “Life Is Motion”: Motion in Wallace Stevens. Helen Vendler, A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University, will deliver the inaugural Lincoln Kirstein Lecture, made possible by the generous support of Nancy Lassalle.  This event will be held at the Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium, located at 111 Amsterdam Avenue, between 64th and 65th streets.  Tickets for this event are $25 and must be purchased through the CBA website.

Monday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m. – Alexander Calder Dancing, a Talk on Ballet. Jed Perl, fall CBA fellow, author, and art critic discusses dance in relation to the work of American sculptor Alexander Calder.

Monday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m. – Balanchine Talks. Edward Villella, former New York City Ballet principal dancer discusses the work of George Balanchine.

CBA’s fall programs kicked off on September 10 with a panel discussion, The Dance and the Intellectual: Lincoln Kirstein’s Legacy, moderated by philosopher and critic Leon Wieseltier and featuring dancer/writer Toni Bentley, critic Jed Perl and Kirstein scholar Nicholas Jenkins. It was followed by a lecture by David Leopold on September 21, Tripping the Line Fantastic: Al Hirschfeld and Dance, a Talk on Ballet, on the caricaturist’s most notable dance images (three of which have been generously donated to the Center by Louise K. Hirschfeld and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, and are now on permanent view there).

All events are free and open to the public, but require advance registration. Visit to reserve tickets.

Established in fall 2014 by dancer/historian Jennifer Homans, the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU is an international institute for scholars and artists of ballet and its related arts and sciences. It exists to inspire new ideas and new ballets, expanding the way we think about ballet and bringing vitality to its history, practice, and performance in the 21st century.

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