September 15, 2009

Bonnie Pickard and Michael Cook in 'Stars and Stripes'

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will present "The Balanchine Couple" on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $25.

"The Balanchine Couple" will feature pas de deux from nine iconic Balanchine ballets — including "Apollo," "La Sonambula," "La Valse," "Chaconne," "Don Quixote" and "Stars and Stripes" — with onstage narration by Suzanne Farrell.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet is produced by and in residence at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

"What a great opportunity for people here to see such performances of some of the most beautiful moments in these ballets by George Balanchine done by a company under the ballerina for whom many of them were created, Suzanne Farrell," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

Influential ballerina
Throughout the nearly three decades of her performing career, Farrell was considered the most influential American ballerina of the late 20th century. After retiring from the stage in 1989, she emerged as one of the world's most inspiring ballet teachers and directors.

Since 1988, she has staged Balanchine's works for a range of companies, including the Berlin Opera Ballet, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Balle and the Bolshoi Ballet, as well as American companies throughout the United States. She has been a full-time professor in the dance department at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., since 2000.

Farrell received her early training at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before moving to New York City at the age of 15 to pursue a career as a ballet dancer. George Balanchine handpicked her for his company when she was only 16 and he went on to invent new ballets for her including "Diamonds," "Chaconne" and "Mozartiana."

Ticket information
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets are available by calling 570-577-1000 or visiting The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from Louis and Joyce Betz. The 2009-10 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

For more information about events in the Weis Center Series, visit

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