Edward Villella is renowned worldwide for his dramatic transformation of the male image in ballet. The beloved performer and National Medal of the Arts Recipient comes to Barnard College to discuss his extraordinary career, first as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, where he danced an astonishing range of repertoire, and then as founder of Miami City Ballet, where he was artistic director for 26 years. Among the topics to be discussed are Villella’s thoughts on the changing role of ballet in contemporary life. With the explosion of dance in the media, is live performance becoming irrelevant? Moreover, given the rising costs of live-performances, where does he see the future of American ballet? Finally, considering the dramatic changes that have taken place in the world of dance, what role does Villella imagine playing in the future?
The event will be moderated by former Twyla Tharp principal and present Barnard Senior Associate of Dance Katie Glasner.