Gelsey Kirkland
American ballet dancer
Gelsey Kirkland
Gelsey Kirkland is an American ballerina. Kirkland joined the New York City Ballet in 1968 at age fifteen, at the invitation of George Balanchine. She was promoted to soloist in 1969 and principal in 1972.
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Why Maddie Ziegler Matters to the Dance World
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Poised inside a door frame, Maddie Ziegler appears the image of stoicism and composure. Her legs swing like pendulums in 360-degree loops, and her jétés and pirouettes juxtapose self-containment with a sort of reckless abandon. But it is her face--teeth bared at a partner, lips pursed in reflection, or eyes bulged with neuroticism--that truly captivates her audience thanks to the tantalizing allure of catharsis through art. That's right: Ms. Ziegler is an artist, and she lends hope to a dying field. No, I don't mean dance as entertainment; motion is inherent to the human psyche. Before there was speech, there was dance--for amusement, for ritual, for communication. What is relatively new, made popular by Louis XIV and his courtiers in the 1600s, is the notion of dance as something that defies temporary grandeur or ephemeral pleasure. With ballet came the dancer as an artist--Marie Taglioni in the 19th century, Margot Fonteyn, Gelsey Kirkland, and Mikhail Baryshnikov in the 20th, ...
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Phil Chan: The Lost Generation in the Audience
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In 1967, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev were arrested in San Francisco after attending a party where allegedly there was marijuana. The story made the front page all over the world. At the height of their popularity, people would sleep outside Covent Garden to get any ticket they could to see this pair dance. Gelsey Kirkland was on the cover of Time Magazine in 1978, and her tell-all book Dancing on My Grave exposed the many pressures of the dance world to a wide audience for the first time. Mikhail Baryshnikov was seen and photographed dancing at Studio 54, alongside Mick Jagger, Liza Minnelli, and other celebrities of the day. It was to my great horror that someone recently said to me, "Oh, I have heard of Baryshnikov, that was Carrie Bradshaw's Russian boyfriend on Sex and the City!" How did one of the greatest examples of male dancing in history fade from our collective consciousness? A simple answer is that dancers today just aren't what they used to be. Not only ...
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Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn: Claudia Folts: Tutu Nation's Pied Piper
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Claudia Folts of Tutu.com Tutus are every girl's dream at sometime in her life. I like the idea that Tutu.Com has a hand in making those dreams come true. -Claudia Folts- The story of Tutu.com goes back many years to when Claudia Folts was a ballerina. She performed with several companies including Harkness Dance Theatre, the Baltimore Ballet, Ruth Page's Chicago Ballet, Alphonso Cata's Ballet on Broadway and The New York City Opera. While performing with one company, she became frustrated with having to wear ancient, recycled Ballet Russes costumes on stage. They didn't fit, they'd never been washed and they needed repairs. She began, out of necessity and curiosity, to teach herself how to make repairs and adjustments. In the process, she learned to reverse engineer tutus and was eventually able to build her own. When Sylvester Campbell, Dean of Baltimore School of the Arts, called and begged her to fabricate twelve tutus, her next career began to fall into place. ...
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Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn: The Gelsey Kirkland Academy: A Safe Haven for Dancers
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Gelsey Kirkland and Michael "Misha" Chernov When Gelsey Kirkland arrived at American Ballet Theatre in 1974 it was the beginning of the transformation of the company. In much the same way that Mikhail Baryshnikov raised the bar(re) for male dancers, Kirkland created a new paradigm for the modern ballerina. No matter the turbulence that followed in her personal life, it was her artistry and technique on stage that astonished audiences around the world. Especially in the great ballerina roles like Giselle and Swan Lake, her performance seemed to emerge spontaneously as though the steps were being invented only as she danced them. Gelsey Kirkland in Giselle It was all illusion. What seemed to be effortlessness was the result of her relentless determination and intensive study to reach that elusive point of perfect grace. Most of what Kirkland learned she had to seek out on her own. It wasn't being taught in American ballet schools. As she says, In my career I was alwa ...
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The Beekeeper
Yale Daily News - almost 5 years
"Did you eat bananas? Are you wearing leather?” Marina Marchese looks me up and down. I shake my head and zip my suit. “If you have, they’ll be angry.” It’s cold outside: below 60 degrees. They’re already angry. “Did you shower? Did you brush your teeth?” I nod weakly and fasten my hood. Through its white gossamer veil, the world splits into tiny hexagons. Maybe this is how they see it: a million prismatic “me’s” each more stingable than the last. “If you haven’t, they’ll be really pissed.” Did you ever have a dream in which a hairy, crunchy, twitchy insect buzzes near your face, then dives toward your lips, then into your mouth, scratching your tongue and teeth, but your muscles are frozen stiff so you can’t swipe, spit, or scream? I have. Often. I’ve had a phobia of flying insects for as long as I can remember. So why am I going to open a beehive when it’s cold out, when the bees are hungry and aggressive, when the Connecticut Beekeepers Association recommends l ...
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MoveTube: A Young Gelsey Kirkland Makes Giselle Her Own
Arts Journal - about 5 years
Luke Jennings's video series at the Guardian's website looks at one of America's legendary ballerinas in one of her great roles....
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Writer dances through teen angst, sexuality, body image - Vancouver Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Georgia's idol in the ballet world is Gelsey Kirkland, and Isabel tries to dislodge her hero worship by giving Georgia Dancing on My Grave, Kirkland's autobiography. The result is the opposite of Isabel's hope of dissuading Georgia from admiring
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Petoskey dancer accepted into New York City dance program - Petoskey News-Review
Google News - over 5 years
Now, just seven years after she began taking dance classes, Esmae is settling into her apartment in New York City where she'll spend her senior year of high school in the year-round program at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet
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Building better dancers - Helena Independent Record
Google News - over 5 years
Since her IR interview earlier this summer, Malia's dream took a big leap to becoming reality; she recently began training at the prestigious Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City. In an email last week, Misha Chernov,
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Writing Jackie: William Kuhn on 'America's Queen' (Q&A w/ event details) - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Her publication of Gelsey Kirkland's attack on dance icon George Balanchine caused another storm. Jackie rarely spoke of her personal life, but many of her books ran parallel to, echoed, and emerged from her own experience. She was the editor behind
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Königlich Dänisches Ballett Koks in der Kulisse - sueddeutsche.de
Google News - over 5 years
Das offenbarte die Ex-Ballerina Gelsey Kirkland schon 1986 "Dancing on my Grave": Die amerikanische Startänzerin konnte ihre Auftritte erst ab einer bestimmten Kokain-Dosis bewältigen. 1988 starb Kirklands Kollege Patrick Bissell,
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A Live-action Adaptation Of The Nutcracker In The Works - Shockya.com
Google News - over 5 years
... The Nutcracker” (my favorite one) “The Nutcracker” starring Macauley Culkin as the Prince/the Nutcracker/Drosselmeier's nephew, 1977′s “The Nutcracker” starring Mikhail Baryshnikov as the Prince/the Nutcracker and Gelsey Kirkland as Clara
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DANCE REVIEW; Two Top Giselles, Back to Back
NYTimes - over 5 years
Behind the story of ''Giselle'' lie the still dismaying, well-attested historical accounts of dance mania that caused deaths in the Rhineland in the late medieval and early Renaissance eras. Onstage love, death and dance all come together in an engrossingly beautiful vortex. Other ballets have greater music and greater choreography, yet this one
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Dance Full reviews of recent performances: nytimes.com/dance. - American Ballet Theater (Friday and Saturday, and Monday through Thursday) As part of a summer season emphasizing ballets about romance, the company offers a whole week of ''Giselle,'' arguably the greatest ballet of the Romantic era. It's a tale of love, class, betrayal, supernatural
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Not Quite a Revival, But Still a Sinful Hybrid
NYTimes - almost 6 years
''THE critics, this morning, are in something of a dilemma,'' Walter Terry wrote in the New York Herald Tribune on Dec. 5, 1958. ''City Ballet has produced an operetta, or perhaps, one should describe it as a music-drama with dancing.'' He was referring to the premiere, the night before, of Balanchine's ''Seven Deadly Sins,'' with Bertolt Brecht
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Bookwoman
NYTimes - about 6 years
READING JACKIE Her Autobiography in Books By William Kuhn Illustrated. 350 pp. Nan A. Talese / Doubleday. $27.95. JACKIE AS EDITOR The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis By Greg Lawrence Illlustrated. 322 pp. Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press. $25.99. Sixteen years after the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis from non-Hodgkins
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Opening Doors And Reaching New Heights
NYTimes - about 6 years
MULLING over the dances of 2010 my mind flies first to three modern-dance works I saw this spring, all by female choreographers. In March, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the choreographer Liz Gerring presented the premiere of ''Lichtung/Clearing.'' I watched this twice; both occasions showed powerfully the world she had created onstage. Was it a
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REMIX; The First Lady of First Editions
NYTimes - about 6 years
Greg Lawrence's ''Jackie as Editor'' (St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne Books, $26) is the first biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dedicated to her 19-year publishing career, which began in 1975 with a $200-a-week editorial job at Viking. (A head honcho at Random House had politely turned her down.) Lawrence credits Kennedy with publishing 97 books,
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Once an Editor, Now the Subject
NYTimes - about 6 years
IT doesn't really matter whether Serendipity, the restaurant on East 60th Street in Manhattan, was already serving footlong hot dogs in 1975, or its frozen hot chocolate. Neither Nan Talese nor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would have ordered them anyway. ''I don't think I noticed what either of us had,'' Ms. Talese, the longtime editor, said there
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gelsey Kirkland
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 57
    In 2010, Ms. Kirkland and Mr Chernov established the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet (GKACB), where they serve as co-Artistic Directors.
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  • 2006
    Age 53
    She currently lives in New York, with her second husband, the danseur, choreographer and teacher, Michael Chernov, who was also with ABT. In 2006, she was awarded the Dance Magazine Award. (For years, they lived in Australia.)
    More Details Hide Details She is currently teaching at STEPS on Broadway, and has recently choreographed (with Chernov and ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie) a new production of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, in which, after a more than twenty years absence from the stage, she danced the role of "Carabosse, the Wicked Fairy".
  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 40
    After these two intensely graphic autobiographies, she and her husband/co-writer collaborated on one more book--a children's book called "The Little Ballerina and Her Dancing Horse" in 1993.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 37
    Her second autobiography published in 1990 titled The Shape Of Love, dealt with her move to England to dance with the Royal Ballet, her attempts to get a fresh start with her first husband, and her return to American Ballet Theatre with a clean slate and a renewed outlook on life.
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  • 1986
    Age 33
    In 1986, Gelsey Kirkland had published Dancing On My Grave, co-written by her then husband Greg Lawrence, a startling memoir chronicling her artistic transformation from George Balanchine's "baby ballerina" to one of the most acclaimed ballerinas in her generation.
    More Details Hide Details The book describes in detail her struggles with her domestic family problems, anorexia, bulimia, drug addiction, her quest for artistic perfection, and her complicated love affair with ballet superstar Mikhail Baryshnikov and numerous other men, most of which she encountered in the ballet world.
  • 1984
    Age 31
    She left the ABT in 1984.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 24
    She is perhaps most famous to the general public for dancing the role of "Clara" in Baryshnikov's 1977 televised production of The Nutcracker.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 16
    She was promoted to soloist in 1969 and principal in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to create leading roles in many of the great twentieth century ballets by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Antony Tudor including Balanchine's revival of The Firebird, Robbins' Goldberg Variations, and Tudor's The Leaves are Fading.
  • 1968
    Age 15
    Kirkland joined the New York City Ballet in 1968 at age fifteen, at the invitation of George Balanchine.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born in 1952.
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