September 22, 2021

Dance Speaks: Celts

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6:00-7:00 p.m. | Dance Speaks with Celts Choreographer Lila York 

Get a virtual sneak peek of KC Ballet Company dancers rehearsing the ballet Celts and gain insightful information from Choreographer Lila York and Stager Betsy Coker. Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney invites you to join an engaging conversation inspired by this dramatic work! Moderated by Devon Carney, the panel includes an audience Q and A.

This Dance Speaks will take place on Facebook LIVE.

Dance Speaks is a part of Kansas City Ballet’s commitment to engage the community-at-large with a unique educational series.

Meet Choreographer Lila York

Lila York danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for twelve years, appearing in over 60 works. Since 1992 she has choreographed works for Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Houston allet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Scottish Ballet, NBA Ballet of Tokyo, Washington Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet West, Colorado Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Orlando Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Theatre, The David Parsons Company, The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble. She recently premiered a full-evening work based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and a commissioned work for Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance Company. From 1989 to 1992 Ms. York directed a program for the production of new choreography at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in English literature.



October 15-24, 2021
Kauffman Center

Lila York debuted Celts at Boston Ballet – a year before Michael Flatley’s Riverdance became a sensation – and was hailed by the Boston Herald as “a riveting, imaginative marriage of ballet and Irish folk dance with a modern sensibility.”

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