The Mystery of the Death of the Harkness Ballet

Harkness Ballet

People often ask “Whatever happened to the Harkness Ballet?”

This is a question we intend to explore in our film “An American Ballet Story” and we invite your participation in our efforts to uncover the real story. So far we’ve interviewed over 40 people who were associated with the Harkness – principal dancers, soloists, members of the corps, trainees, students, teachers and staff members.

Some thoughts on the reality of running a dance company:

  • It costs a LOT of MONEY to run a professional dance company – whether ballet or contemporary.
    • In many European countries dance companies are state supported – just to name a few: Kirov & Bolshoi Ballets, the English National Ballet, Pina Bausch, the Forsythe Company, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Danish Royal Ballet, etc.
    • Lucia Chase spent her entire personal fortune to keep the American Ballet Theater running for the first thirty…

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