Giselle Symposium | Pacific Northwest Ballet
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April 16-18, 2020

Offered in conjunction with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performances of Giselle, this 3-day series of events features conversations and presentations about this Romantic-era ballet by leading scholars and practitioners.

Presented by the University of Washington School of Music and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Re-Envisioning Giselle

Friday, April 17, 2020
8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall, The University of Washington

This day-long symposium features eight presentations relating to the Romantic-era ballet Giselle (Paris, 1841) by leading scholars and practitioners. Adjunct events will be offered on surrounding days. Click here to download a breakdown of the day’s agenda and presenters.

“Re-Envisioning Giselle” is generously sponsored by Patty Edwards, the University of Washington School of Music and Simpson Center for the Humanities, and Princeton University.

Adjunct Events

Nineteenth-century ballet technique and training in the time of Giselle

Thursday, April 16, 2020
1:30–3:00 PM
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Tickets: $25

Sandra Noll Hammond, renowned dance teacher, historian, and educator, will lead this lecture-demonstration assisted by PNB School Professional Division students. This event is part of Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Teachers’ Seminar and has been made available to the public.


Arts Criticism Panel

Thursday, April 16, 2020
3:00–4:30 PM
Peterson Room, Allen Library, The University of Washington
Free admission

Alastair Macaulay (former chief dance critic of The New York Times) will moderate a roundtable discussion featuring arts/dance writers, including Marina Harss (The New York Times, The New Yorker, DanceTabs) and Melinda Bargreen (The Seattle Times).

Giselle Roundtable Discussion

Saturday, April 18, 2020
10:00‒11:30 AM
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, McCaw Hall
Tickets: $25

Alastair Macaulay, performing arts critic and historian, will moderate a roundtable discussion of Giselle featuring symposium presenters.