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    Friday, April 20, 2012
    7:30 PM

    Jacques d’Amboise

    New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, in celebration of the Centenary of its Society, continues its popular “Conversations with...” series and is pleased to present Dr. Lois Oppenheim in discussion with legendary dancer and choreographer Jacques d’Amboise who will reflect on his creative process and career. A book signing will follow.

    $ 25 per person
    $ 10 for students with valid ID

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium

    Jacques d’Amboise is recognized as one of the finest classical dancers of our time. He leads the field of arts education with a model program that exposes thousands of school children to the magic and discipline of dance. In 1976, while still a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Mr. d’Amboise founded National Dance Institute in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate individuals towards excellence. His memoir, I Was a Dancer was published this year by Knopf.

    Mr. d’Amboise’s contributions in arts education have earned him numerous awards and honors including: The Vasterling Award for Artistic Vision and Excellence in Dance (2010), induction into The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2007); The Children’s Champion Award, Child Magazine (2007); The Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture (2004); Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at St. Joseph College (2003); The James Keller Youth Award, The Christophers (2002); The Arison Award (2002); People First Honoree, People Magazine (2002); Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Franklin Pierce College (2002); The Heinz Award (2001); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at the University of the South (2001); Town Hall Friend of the Arts Award (2000); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at the Juilliard School (2000); The Dance Magazine Award (1999); The National Medal of Arts (1998); NCEA St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award (1996); The Kennedy Center Honors (1995); The National Caring Award, The Caring Institute (1995); The Museum of the City of New York - $24 Award; The Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1993); a 1990 MacArthur Fellowship: The Capezio Award (1990); The First Annual Producers Circle Award for public service (1989); The Paul Robeson Award for excellence in the field of the humanities (1988); The Governor’s Award for outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of New York State (1986); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts - Boston College (1986); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts - Monmouth University (1984); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts - Bates College (1978); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts - Saint Peter’s College (1978); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts - College of New Rochelle (1976); and The Nancy Hank Fellowship-Duke University. Mr. d’Amboise is also an Honorary Big Brother.

    He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’, a 1984 PBS documentary film about his work with NDI, won an Academy Award, six Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, the Golden Cine Award, and the National Education Association Award for the advancement of learning through broadcasting. He has also served as a full professor and Dean of Dance for two years at SUNY Purchase, and for eleven years as visiting professor at the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara.

    Mr. d’Amboise began his ballet training with Madam Seda in Washington Heights, New York. Within a year, at the age of 8, he continued his studies at the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine, Anatola Oboukhoff and Pierre Vladimiroff. At age 12 he performed with Ballet Society, the immediate predecessor to New York City Ballet. Three years later, barely 15, he joined New York City Ballet and the following year made his European debut at Londonís Covent Garden. As Balanchine’s protégé, Mr. d’Amboise had more works choreographed specifically for him by The Ballet Master than any other dancer, including the ballets: Stars and Stripes, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Episodes, Figures in the Carpet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jewels, Raymonda Variations, Meditation, and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet. Mr. d’Amboise is most remembered for his portrayal of what critics called “the definitive Apollo.” As a choreographer, Mr. d’Amboise’s credits include almost twenty works commissioned for New York City Ballet.

    Mr. d’Amboise has written and directed for theater, film, and television, including the musicals Roberta, Lady in the Dark, Peter Pan, Thurber Carnival, The Shooting of Dan McGrew with Galt McDermott, and the films Event of the Year and Fifth Position.

    As a performer, Mr. d’Amboise has appeared on Broadway in the musical Shin Bone Alley, the precursor production to the musical Cats. He has appeared in films including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Carousel, The Best Things In Life Are Free, Watching Ballet, the movie version of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Offbeat.

    In 1983, Mr. d’Amboise co-authored Teaching the Magic of Dance with Hope Cooke, featuring photographs by Carolyn George. His wife, the late Carolyn George, was a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and photographer. Together, they had four children—George, Christopher, and twin daughters Charlotte and Catherine.

    Dr. Lois Oppenheim is Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University where she teaches courses in literature and psychoanalysis. She is also a Scholar Associate Member of New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI) and an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. She has authored or edited ten books, including A Curious Intimacy: Art and Neuro-Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2005, and has an eleventh currently in press: Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion (forthcoming, Routledge). Dr. Oppenheim’s current research is in the area of neuro-psychoanalysis and creativity As a former professional dancer, and currently as a distinguished academic in the field of French and comparative literature, Dr. Oppenheim completed the Scholar Associate Program at NYPSI to deepen her application of psychoanalysis to the performing and literary arts. She is in the second year as host of the popular “Conversations with . . .” series of interviews with acclaimed artists and authors at NYPSI. Dr. Oppenheim is also co-creator of the forthcoming documentary about mental health stigma entitled How to Touch a Hot Stove.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •