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Online course, exhibit planned in connection with ballet

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Princeton NJ -- The University will host a four-week online course and an exhibit at Firestone Library to celebrate the performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s lost ballet, “Le Pas D’Acier” or “The Steel Step.”

The Alumni Studies course, “How Ballet Works: Dance, Music and the Reconstruction of a Lost Masterpiece,” will focus on how dance and music interact in a ballet. In addition to discussing the recreation of “Le Pas d’Acier,” the online course, which starts March 9, will examine the legacy of the Ballets Russes, one of the most influential dance troupes of the 20th century, which performed the ballet in 1927. The course also will explore the difficulties of preserving ballet choreography.

Assistant professor of music Simon Morrison, the ballet’s project director and musicologist, will deliver the online lectures and lead the online discussion group for the course. Alumni and friends of the University are welcome to enroll; the deadline is March 7. For more information, contact Kaitlin Lutz at <klutz@princeton.edu> or 258-0014.

Highlights of the exhibition at the Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts, titled “Pas d’Acier (The Steel Step): Re-Creation of a Lost Ballet,” will include a model reconstruction of the ballet’s set created by theater historian Lesley-Anne Sayers and photographs of costumes worn in the original 1927 production.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will run from April 1 to Sept. 25. Morrison will give an opening lecture titled “Finding a Lost Ballet” at 5 p.m. on April 1 in 101 McCormick Hall.