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Memorial Celebration for Frederic Franklin

Posted on September 25, 2013


Frederic Franklin, the British-born dancer who performed with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo during the 1930s–1950s, and who played an integral role in the formation of ballet in the US, will be remembered in a memorial celebration of his life hosted by American Ballet Theatre at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York on October 14.


In a press statement from the company, “the memorial will be highlighted by film tributes as well as performances and guest speakers from many of the companies with which Franklin was affiliated, including ABT, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Richmond Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet”.

The Frederic Franklin Memorial Celebration, which commences at 4.30pm, is free and open to the public. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts is located at 100 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York.


Photograph: Marcus Blechman.

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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