Archive | December, 2014

Past Event: February 16, 2016: Janice Ross Discusses Lawrence and Anna Halprin, San Francisco

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The Continued Legacy of Lawrence and Anna Halprin in California
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion moderated by California Historical Society’s Executive Director and CEO, Anthea Hartig. Hear from historians, authors, and key figures in the Halprins’ story as they discuss the legacy of Lawrence and Anna Halprin and their continued impact on California and beyond.

Panelists: Alison B. Hirsch, MLA, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Southern California and author of City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America; Janice Ross, Professor in the Theatre and Performance Studies Department at Stanford University and author of Anna Halprin: Experience as Dance; Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, President, CEO, and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation(TCLF). Anthea Hartig, Executive Director and CEO of California Historical Society, will moderate the discussion.

Past Event: October 16, 2015: 92nd St. Y, New York

The Hidden Erotic Body of Soviet Ballet: Special Guest appearance by the Trainees of the San Francisco Ballet Trainee program

12 noon – 1 pm, October 16, 2015
Fridays at Noon Dance Series, 92nd Street Y, New York
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Buttenwieser Hall

Janice Ross lectured from her new book, Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia. Ross was joined by two of Yakobson’s original dancers, Vera Soloveyva, and Nikolai Levitzsky and the Photographer Nina Alovert who photographed Yakobson and his company during their inaugural seasons. Rarely seen works of the renegade Russian choreographer, Leonid Yakobson, who died 40 years ago in October 1975, will be performed by dancers from the San Francisco Ballet trainee program at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, on the Y’s distinguished dance series, Fridays At Noon. Janice Ross, author of a new book on Yakobson, shared rare film clips and discuss the remarkable story of the choreographer who has been called “The UnBalanchine” for the dense narrative quality of nearly 200 ballets he made during the darkest days of the USSR. Dancers from the San Francisco Ballet trainee program performed excerpts of Yakobson’s Rodin, duets censored for their frank eroticism by Soviet authorities.

Watch the event recording

Fridays at Noon: Janice Ross- The Hidden Erotic Body of Soviet Ballet from on Vimeo.



Past event: September 17 and 18, 2015: Boston Ballet, Boston

StateStreetInnovationTalk_2On September 17 and 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., Boston Ballet presented Janice Ross as a guest speaker for a BB@Home lecture-demonstration titled, “Celebrating the legacy of Leonid Yakobson: from oppression to honor.” Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen directs the series and discussed Yakobson’s work with Ross during the event, which also included remarks by Ross, performances of Yakobson’s ballets Pas de Quatre and Rodin, and a Q&A session with attendees.


Friday Sept. 18, 2015 at the State Street Financial Corporation at a luncheon. Janice Ross joined by Mikko Nissinen, artistic director of Boston Ballet, speaking about “Innovation and Risk: Boston Ballet restaging the Ballets of Leonid Yakobson.”

Read more about Boston Ballet’s 2015-2016 season repertory, which includes choreography of Yakobson.

Past event: January 30, 2015 at Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

On January 30, 2015, the Jewish Studies Program and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University co-sponsored Janice Ross’s talk, “Dangerous Dances: Leonid Yakobson and Jewish Identity in Soviet Ballet.” The event was held from noon to 1 p.m. in CSRE Conference Room, Building 360. Read more here.

Ross discussed the regulation of Jewish identity in 20th century Soviet Russia though the lens of ballet as an archive of cultural exile. Her talk, which included rare archival videos and images from her research in Russia, Israel and the U.S., traced how the ballets of Leonid Yakobson (1904-1975), the leading experimental voice in mid-20th century Soviet ballet, created a rupture with Socialist Realism by embracing a modernist aesthetic and valorizing shunned images of the cultural outsider in Yakobson’s signature work, Jewish Wedding. Yakobson was the target of highly successful strategies of erasure and silencing during his most productive years, years that coincided with the quarter century of Josef Stalin’s regime of terror. (1922-1953). Her research was propelled by questions about how Yakobson represented on stage the displacement caused by maintaining a Jewish identity in ballet. It is about the “Why?” underlying the censorship Yakobson was subjected to for attempting to inscribe a corporeal presence of Jewishness on one of the most regulated Western ideals of the pure, culturally unmarked body– Russian classical ballet at the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballets.