Author Rachel Kapelke-Dale will join Gramercy Book Club participants after the discussion of The Ballerinas, her captivating, voice-driven debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School. BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang and Executive Director Sue Porter will co-moderate the group discussion and interview with Kapelke-Dale.
Registration for this virtual book club discussion is on Eventbrite. A general admission ticket to access the event is $5. A ticket that includes the book purchase waives the fee. Please note that registration closes at 5 pm on the day of the program.
BalletMet is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this program.
Thirteen years ago, Delphine abandoned her prestigious soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburg––taking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36 years old, Delphine has returned to her former home and to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House, to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her career––and, she hopes, finally make things right with her former friends. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she's been away...and some secrets can't stay buried forever.
Moving between the trio's adolescent years and the present day, Rachel Kapelke-Dale's The Ballerinas explores the complexities of female friendship, the dark drive towards physical perfection in the name of artistic expression, the double-edged sword of ambition and passion, and the sublimated rage that so many women hold inside––all culminating in a twist you won't see coming, with magnetic characters you won't soon forget.
Rachel Kapelke-Dale is the co-author of Graduates in Wonderland, a memoir about the significance and nuances of female friendships. The author of Vanity Fair Hollywood's column "Advice from the Stars," Kapelke-Dale spent years in intensive ballet training before receiving a BA from Brown University, an MA from the Université de Paris VII, and a PhD from University College London. She currently lives in Paris.
In 2013, Edwaard Liang was named Artistic Director at BalletMet where he continues to choreograph new works for companies both domestically and abroad. A former dancer with New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, Liang has built an international reputation as a choreographer. Over the last decade, he has created work for the Bolshoi Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and Washington Ballet.
Sue Porter was named BalletMet’s Executive Director in August 2015. Sue is an attorney who started her legal career in 1986 as an associate attorney and later a partner specializing in labor and employment law with Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn LPA (now Ice Miller LLP). In her 30 years as an attorney, she has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer for Business in Chambers USA, as a Best Lawyer in America, an Ohio Super Lawyer, a Top 50 Women Lawyer in Ohio and a Top 25 Women Lawyer in Columbus.