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<img src="http://www.national.ballet.ca/news/images/hdr-ppf.gif" alt="" /> NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA HOSTS A CONFERENCE ON THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF BALLET
We covered the National Ballet of Canada's "Past, Present, Future" conference when it took place between May 17 and 20, 2002 and Malcolm Tay from our team attended the Open Forum.
The final communique on the NBC website includes the following summary. Among the many topics we identified as worthy of intensive and ongoing discussion and cooperation were the following:
- Moving beyond the limited ideal of training to a far broader concept of education in developing professional dancers
- Combating inaccurate stereotypes of ballet as conservative, frivolous, and elitist, not only by outreach activities and programming choices but also by striving to expand the presence of dance on television and on the Internet
- Balancing the claims of artistic heritage (the works inherited from classical and specific company traditions) with the creation of new works to serve as our legacy for the future
- Providing opportunity for new choreographic voices and a climate within which dancers and choreographers alike can take the risks necessary to artistic achievement, fail occasionally, and learn from their failures how to achieve greater successes
- Speaking to new culturally diverse audiences by means of new works, new technologies, and new approaches to dance education and appreciation, as well as by continuing to seek for greater inclusiveness in the ethnicity of performers and choreographers and in the audiences we attract
- Intensifying already considerable outreach efforts to all groups and communities in partial compensation for the lamentably decreased presence of the arts in most European and North American educational systems
- Identifying and adopting best practices in arts administration
- Bridging the gap between two solitudes (North American and European) in aesthetic standards by bringing the best works and companies of each to audiences of the other.
Here are the links to:
Our coverage at the time of the conference.
The initial press release
for the conference.
The final communique
for the conference.
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