29 April 2021 1:30–2:30pm BST

Ballet in the 20th Century: George Balanchine’s Apollo (1928) and Agon (1957) (Webinar)

The webinar will introduce the choreographic developments in two ballets by George Balanchine (1904-1983): Apollo (1928) and Agon (1957).

The webinar will explore two of Balanchine’s iconic works, amidst the wealth of repertoire created for companies including his New York City Ballet, as well as the Ballets Russes (1909-29). Participants will gain insight into selected moments from two pas de deux that became synonymous with the ballets by Balanchine, works significantly revitalised by Balanchine’s innovative approach to ‘classicism’.

As part of the webinar, participants will be prompted to reflect on the choreography observed and the contributions made by Balanchine, through watching selected film clips and reviewing a selection of writings on these ballets, in view of the technical shifts in these two iconic ballets.


The aims of this webinar are to:

  • Provide insights into the shifts in classicism in ballet repertoire, and the legacies of George Balanchine in the early to mid 20th century
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the choreographic structures in Balanchine’s Apollo (1928) and Agon (1957)
  • Gain appreciation of balletic styles seen in selected works by Balanchine, including the legacies of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1909-29), the School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • have an increased understanding of early 20th century ballet repertoire and revitalisation of choreography in the late 1920s and 1950s
  • have enhanced understanding of a neoclassical school of training (with respect to the teachings of George Balanchine)
  • be able to recognise some of the choreographic features associated with the selected case studies and choreographer
  • have awareness of the observational and analytical skills required for examining choreographic structures within two pas de deux (Apollo and Terpsichore in Apollo; the main couple in Agon)

Webinar Presenter

Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel is Head of Research in the Faculty of Education, editor of Focus on Education, and has essays and articles published in the Dance Chronicle, the South African Dance Journal, The Times of Malta, the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance (2019) and the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet (forthcoming 2021). Her books include Princess Poutiatine and the Art of Ballet in Malta (2020), and an extensive anthology on contemporary ballet, co-edited with Dr Jill Nunes Jensen and published by Oxford University Press. From 2005-2016, Kathrina led modules on 20th and 21st Century ballet and dance histories at the Faculty of Education. She has curated, researched and written the webinar series: Pioneers of the RAD (2020), and Ballet in the 20th Century (2021).

Find out more information on her role at the RAD.

CPD Hours

1 hour Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

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Key Information

Time Fee
1:30–2:30pm BST Member Fee: £16/€18
Non-Member Fee: £21/€23

Who can attend?

  • Dance teachers
  • Dance students
  • Dance graduates