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Press Release

Barbara Laskin


Macalester College Presents Ballets
Russes Centennial Celebration

December 7 , 2009 - St. Paul, Minn. - A symposium marking the centennial of the famed Ballets Russes dance company will take place at Macalester College on Saturday, December 12 in the Weyerhaeuser Hall Boardroom, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Titled  “Reflections on Interdisciplinarity and the Artist as Global Citizen,” the symposium begins at 2 pm and is free and open to the public.

The Ballets Russes (French for the Russian ballet) was an itinerant ballet company that performed under the directorship of legendary impresario Sergei Diaghilev between 1909 and 1929. The symposium, which includes a keynote lecture by noted Barnard College dance professor Lynn Garafola, also includes a panel discussion, reception, and examples of the work of regional practitioners focused on interdisciplinary collective creation in the spirit of the Ballets Russes.

Panel guests include Sally Rousse, James Sewell Ballet; Maria Zavialova, The Museum of Russian Art; Stuart Pimsler, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater; Phillip Gainsley, frequent commentator for the Minnesota Orchestra; Camille LeFevre, arts critic for MinnPost; Colleen McQuillen, department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literature, University of Illinois, Chicago; and Macalester faculty.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.