Brass Lantern Inn
8 Great Dance Events on Nantucket – July 20 – 25, 2015 18 Jul 2015, 3:09 pm
Each summer in July, the Nantucket Atheneum brings five days and nights of dance to Nantucket – lectures, demonstrations, and beautiful performances! All of the events (except the performances on Friday and Saturday) are free and most are offered at the Atheneum on the corner of India and Federal, just a short walk from the Brass Lantern. This year, the events take place from July 20 – 25 at the Atheneum and at the Nantucket High School Auditorium.
The opening event is a film by Ric Burns – American Ballet Theatre; A History – which sets the tone for the informative, uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable weeks’ worth of dance related events! This event is free and takes place in the Great Hall of the Atheneum. On Tuesday, July 20 in the Great Hall, another free event – author Victoria Tennant, tells the story of the rise of modern ballet that was experienced by her mother, which was documented in her book, Irina Baranova and the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. Both of these events begin at 5 pm.
On Wednesday at 4 in the Great Hall, Artistic Director, Tyler Angle, leads A Conversation on the Creative Process – with member of the Dance Festival Company, about the process of creating in ballet. This will be followed on Thursday with a Lecture Demonstration at 4 pm at the Nantucket High School Auditorium, the venue for the performances on Friday and Saturday, where Tyler Angle will provide an in depth look at the works to be performed on Friday and Saturday – a must if you are new to the world of ballet.
On Saturday morning at 11 am at the High School, another free event, a Children’s Program for children five and older, to give the children an opportunity to be exposed to ballet at the professional level.
The Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival provides high quality performances for the ballet aficionado as well as exposure, information and education about ballet to the newcomers to ballet. This is another example of how the Nantucket Atheneum excels as a cultural community center on this little Island!