2014 Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival:

Join us July 22 – July 26 for four days of programs related to ballet. The festival ends with evening performances on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 featuring ballet stars from the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

The evening performances on July 25 and July 26 are a spectacular mix of classical works by acclaimed choreographers George Balanchine and August Bournonville and new contemporary works by some of the most exciting choreographers working today: Pontus Lidberg, Emery LeCrone, Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck.

Tickets are available beginning July 1 at the library box office from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, or online.

Schedule of Events

Film: “The Rain”
followed by a discussion with the filmmaker

Tues., July 22     5 p.m.
Atheneum Great Hall
1 India Street
Free Admission

Pontus Lidberg has been making dances for stage and film since 2000.
His film “The Rain (2007)”, has  received numerous awards and Alastair Macaulay of the New York Times praised Lidberg’s use of cross-cutting techniques, writing, “Memorably The Rain illustrates what filmed dance can say that staged dance cannot.”

After the screening, Lidberg, who will present a preview of a new work at the 2014 Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival performances, will be on hand to discuss his film.

Youth Master Ballet Classes
Wed., July 23     9:30 & 11 a.m.
Nantucket High School
Mary P. Walker Auditorium
10 Surfside Road
Pre-registration required/Free Admission

Members of the New York City Ballet dance company will lead a ballet class for young ballet dancers ages five to 18 who have two years or more of class experience.

The class is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Please call 508-228-1110 ext. 105 to register. Students are asked to arrive with their ballet shoes and appropriate dance clothes.


Dance Festival Lecture/Demonstration
Thurs., July 24     4 p.m.
Nantucket High School
Mary P. Walker Auditorium
10 Surfside Road
Free Admission

Dance Festival Artistic Director Tyler Angle, and members of the dance company, offer information and insight on the dance works to be performed July 25 and July 26 during the evening performances.

The lecture/demonstration is a unique opportunity to hear from the dancers on what it takes to perform a particular piece and how they collaborate with choreographers and musicians as well as to understand the history of how certain works were created.

Children’s Program
Fri., July 25     11 a.m.
Nantucket High School
Mary P. Walker Auditorium
10 Surfside Road
Free Admission

Dance Festival Artistic Director Tyler Angle, and members of the dance company, tailor a program just for kids that helps them understand the relationship between music and movement. The program is appropriate for children ages five and up.

Dance Festival Performances
Fri., July 25   & Sat., July 26   6 p.m.
Nantucket High School
Mary P. Walker Auditorium
10 Surfside Road
$45 – $85

Dancers from the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre present a spectacular performance of classical and contemporary ballet. This year’s performances include works by George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Emery LeCrone and a preview of new work from Pontus Lidberg. In addition, many pieces will be accompanied by live music.

Tickets cost from $45 – $85 and will be available beginning July 1 at the library box office, located in the garden, and online.

The Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival is a major fundraising event for the Atheneum, which must raise 60 percent of its budget through special events and private donations.

The festival began in 2007 and has featured principals and soloists from the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet.