The Visual History of Ballet from Beaujoyeulx to Balanchine

Grandville, J. J., Apocalypse du Ballet, 1844, Wing ZP 839 .F825

Grandville, J. J., Apocalypse du Ballet, 1844, Wing ZP 839 .F825

Saturday, March 1, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, March 1 – April 26

1 – 3 pm

Led by Katie Larson

We will explore images of ballet in the fine arts and visual culture of Europe and America. Images and art objects—paintings, prints, photographs, and recordings—will serve as the primary sources for illuminating the cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts for ballet and its sister arts. We will trace their relationship and development from the ballet’s beginnings in sixteenth-century France to mid-twentieth century America, opening these moments and visual materials up for discussion and inquiry.

Katie Larson is a PhD candidate in nineteenth-century French art at Indiana University.

Materials List

  • Homans, Jennifer. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet. New York: Random House, 2010.
  • Kant, Marion, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Ballet. New York: Cambridge UP, 2007.


  • Supplemental readings will be provided in either free, digital/PDF form or can be purchased as a bound course packet, depending on the preference of the participant.

Note: An email address is required to register for this seminar

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Nine sessions, $230.
Register Online.