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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
January 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; no RSVP required. Everyone welcome.
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

During this public conversation—part of the three-year partnership between Duke and American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT)—choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland and ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky will discuss their personal and professional trajectories, choreographing and directing for ballet, and issues pertinent to the future of this venerable art form. The conversation will be moderated by Michaela Dwyer, coordinator of the ABT residency for Duke Performances and Duke Arts.

The event coincides with the beginning of the ABT Studio Company’s first residency at Duke, during which they will work with Batten Bland on a new piece she is creating on the company. It is an intersection of the Ruby Friday series, sponsored by Duke Arts, and Duke Performances’ Arts & Context series.

Photo of ABT Studio Company dancers in the Ruby by Alex Boerner.

About Ruby Fridays

Ruby Fridays are casual art talks offered at noon most Fridays during the semester in the Rubenstein Arts Center’s Ruby Lounge. Speakers include Duke faculty and students who are creating or exhibiting work in the Ruby, visiting artists from far and wide, and local creatives. Learn about the amazing art being created on Duke’s campus, the behind-the-scenes aspect of the creative process, careers in the arts, and more. A free lunch is included!

About the Speakers

Stefanie Batten Bland is a multidisciplinary choreographer who, at the helm of Company SBB, creates site-specific dance theater installations and multimedia pieces that explore the relations of humans to each other and to the natural world. Her numerous awards and fellowships include an 2016 Jerome Robbins Award. Currently she is movement director at The Public Theater, choreographer for Juilliard “New Dances 2018,” and a 2019 NYU Center of Ballet Arts Fellow. As a performer, Batten Bland has danced for PunchDrunk, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Paul Frenak, Sean Curran Dance Company, Kraig Patterson, Georges Momboye, Cie Linga, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Lar Lubovitch, Julie Taymor and Angelin Preljocaj.

Sascha Radetsky, a former soloist with American Ballet Theatre, is currently artistic director for American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. In addition to his work with ABT, he has danced as a principal or guest principal with the Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Berlin Staatsballett, Ballet San Jose, Ballet do Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, and the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Ballet. He is currently the director of the ABT/NYU Master’s in Ballet Pedagogy Program, and teaches regularly for American Ballet Theatre and American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. He starred in the films Center Stage and Center Stage 3, and in the Starz television series Flesh and Bone.

Michaela Dwyer (moderator) works between Duke Performances and Duke Arts as Community Engagement Coordinator; she is also a dance critic, scholar, and educator.


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