Episode 229: Val Caniparoli

Renowned for his dramatic portrayals, Val Caniparoli, Principal Character Dancer, discusses the role of the Father in Balanchine’s Prodigal Son. He emphasizes the dramatic importance of “stillness” in conveying deep emotion, and he stresses how vital a part it is, although the Father’s time on stage is very short. He relates memories of his early days as a dancer in the Company, including his pleasure in dancing Melancholic in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments.

Header Image: Val Caniparoli // © Erik Tomasson

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