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THE BALLET PÉTROUCHKA: Sources, Contexts, and Histories

Part of the Russian Winter Festival I

In this free lecture series designed to complement upcoming CSO programming, Dr. Karen Eliot, a professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University, will examine the 1911 Pétrouchka— the myths behind its creation, its controversial performance elements, and the continued life of this now seldom-staged ballet.  

Karen Eliot is a Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University and a 2016 recipient of the OSU Distinguished Teaching Award. A dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company during the 1980s, she performed such seminal works as “Quartet” (1982); “Roaratorio,” and “Inlets 2” (1983); “Pictures” (1984); and “Fabrications” (1987). In October 2016, with fellow faculty member Daniel Roberts, she restaged excerpts from Cunningham’s “Suite for Five” and “Septet,” performed by OSU Department of Dance students for the  “Leap Before you Look” exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Eliot’s scholarly research is in dance history. She is the author of Dancing Lives: Five Female Dancers from the Ballet d'Action to Merce Cunningham (University of Illinois Press, 2007), and the co-editor, with Melanie Bales, of Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies (Oxford University Press, 2013). Her most recent book is Albion’s Dance: The British Ballet during the Second World War (Oxford University Press, 2016). She is an editor of Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts.