22nd season dedicated to the memory and spirit of VIOLETTE VERDY








Thank you to Baryshnikov Arts Center 

 and the particiapting artists for a

wonderful series of programs.

 Special thanks to The Charlie Palmer Group, and Chateau Davell for our benefit dinner, raising awareness for the importance of documenting the great dance artists of our time.

Read The New Yorker! 

Christopher Wheeldon trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Royal Ballet in 1991. In he joined New York City Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He served as NYCB’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2000/01 and was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. 

Mr. Wheeldon has created productions for all the world’s major ballet companies. In 2007, he founded Morphoses/ The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. In 2014, he directed and choreographed the musical version of An American In Paris which premiered in Paris in 2014. The Broadway production premiered April 12 2015 and won him the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography and Direction.


Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She at began taking dance classes, at the age of three. At age eight she joined the Louisville Ballet Academy and she began intense professional training. In 1981 she received a scholarship to the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. She became a member of the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in 1986 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1991. Whelan has performed a wide spectrum of the Balanchine repertory and worked closely with Jerome Robbins. In 2007, Whelan was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award for her performances with Morphoses/Wheeldon Company. Whelan has recently been appointed Artistic Associate at New York’s City Center.

David Neumann David Neumann (director / creator) / Advanced Beginner Group’s original work has been presented in New York at PS 122, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Central Park Summerstage (where he collaborated with John Giorno), Celebrate Brooklyn and Symphony Space (where he collaborated with Laurie Anderson) and The Whitney. ABG has also performed at the Walker Art Center, Alverno College, MASS MoCA and the American Dance Institute, among others. Neumann was a performer for many years working with, among others, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Big Dance Theater, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone and Sally Silvers. Recent projects include: Choreographer on ‘An Octoroon’ at Soho Rep/Theater for a New Audience, directing Geoff Sobelle in 'The Object Lesson' at BAM Fischer (Bessie Recipient for Outstanding Design, 2015), Futurity, co-produced by Soho Rep and Ars Nova, and Hagoromo with Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto at BAM.  He is currently professor of theater at Sarah Lawrence College. Neumann is the recipient of three New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards,  including most recently, a 2015 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for I Understand Everything Better.  Additionally, he’s received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (Noh immersive), and support from the Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, NYFA and National Dance Projects among others.


Doug Elkins is a two-time New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award-winning choreographer and 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Creative Arts Fellow. He began his dance career as a B-Boy, touring the world with break dance groups New York Dance Express and Magnificent Force, among others, before founding his own company in 1988. The company disbanded after 15 years. In 2009, Elkins organized his independent dance, teaching, and theater projects (including frequent work at A.R.T. Boston, A.C.T. Seattle, and Theatre for a New Audience) under the banner doug elkins choreography, etc. In fall 2013, he joined the faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Elkins recent work "The Weight of Smoke" was commisioned for Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance.


Lisa Rinehart, Series Director
Deborah M. Kaufman, Producer 

The George Balanchine Foundation, Lead Support
Chateau Davell Winery & Miette Patisserie & Confiserie, reception sponsors
Stage design made possible by Anne Shonk, Niko and Stephen Mayer, Elizabeth Meyer,Pauline Soffa, Delia Ehrlich, and Knoll Studio

Words On Dance 22nd Season made possible with the generous support of

The George Balanchine Foundation

The Jerome Robbins Foundation

The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trust

Stanlee Gatti

Meg Ray

Eric and Emily Hays

Mary Heylin and Timothy Marten, MD

Barbara Horgan

Richard Barker

Meryl Rosofsky and Stuart H. Coleman

Rachel and Dr. Larry Norton

Shelby and Frederick Gans

Kathleen Scutchfield

Catherine and Mark Slavonia

Sharon and Robert Yoerg

Susan Van Wagner

Catherine Clark

Judith Hoffman

Howard Paley

The Words On Dance Collection is an incomparable series of documented stories, comprised of over two decades of conversations filmed live, onstage, with legendary dance artists. Celebrated artists have entrusted Words On Dance with rare dance footage, and creative intelligence that represent a concordance of stories about dance training, national and international companies, choreographers and ballets, musical scores, and offstage transitions. The ongoing mission of Words On Dance is to continue to remaster the filmed inventory of conversation and performance footage, for placement in cultural repositories, and other accessible platforms.

My name is Lisa Rinehart and I had the very good fortune to dance with American Ballet Theatre from 1976 to 1986. It was a time of challenges, rewards, frustrations and a lot of fun, but after ten years it was time to move on. 
The next couple of decades were packed with college, kids, more college, and eventually, writing about dance for danceviewtimes.com and Dance Magazine. But at 52, in a possible moment of insanity, I became a student again at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and amazingly, fell for visual storytelling almost as hard as I’d fallen for dance so many years before. I am now a freelance video journalist working on a wide variety of stories, but stories about dance and dancers are closest to my heart.