Dance historian Lynn Garafola opens 2013-2014 Friends of Dance Lecture Series

August 20, 2013

ATLANTA¿The Emory Dance Program presents the first lecture of the 2013-2014 Friends of Dance Lecture Series: ¿A Century of Rites: The Making of an Avant-Garde Tradition,¿ on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Oxford Road Presentation Room on Emory¿s campus.

In this talk, dance historian and critic Lynn Garafola discusses ¿The Rite of Spring¿ choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, with music by Igor Stravinsky. When it premiered in Paris on May 29, 1913, ¿The Rite of Spring¿ shocked audiences with its departure from the time-honored conventions of ballet and has since inspired dance artists as a model of formal radicalism. In honor of the 100th anniversary of this legendary work, Garafola looks at how this ballet¿s conceptual freedom demonstrates its modernity and its engagement with the contemporary world.

Garafola is a professor of Dance at Barnard College and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. A key figure in the history and criticism of dance, Garafola has published some of the most influential books and articles in her field, including ¿Diaghilev's Ballets Russes¿ (Oxford University Press, 1989) and ¿Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance¿ (Wesleyan University Press, 2005).

In anticipation of this lecture, the Emory Dance Program presents ¿Know your Rites: an evening of video viewings¿ on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Oxford Road Building Presentation Room. The audience will enjoy a screening of the original choreography and Pina Bausch¿s version of ¿The Rite of Spring.¿

This program is free and open to the public, made possible by the Friends of Dance at Emory. For more information about this event, please visit


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