George Balanchine

Russian-American choreographer and ballet master and master teacher George Balanchine

George Balanchine, born Giorgi Melitonovitch Balanchivadze, was one of the 20th century's most famous choreographers, a developer of ballet in the United States and the co-founder and balletmaster of New York City Ballet. He was a choreographer known for his musicality; he expressed music with dance and worked extensively with Igor Stravinsky. Thirty-nine of his more than four hundred ballets were choreographed to music by Stravinsky.
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DANCE REVIEW; New York City Ballet at Koch Theater - Review
NYTimes - over 6 years
At New York City Ballet George Balanchine’s “Apollo” (1928) is a touchstone, the fountainhead of neoclassical values and a proving ground for generations of storied dancers. These facts exert pressure on a performer making his first appearance in the title role. Yet the role itself offers solace. Balanchine’s Apollo is a god
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New faces at Grand Rapids Ballet Company add personality, depth - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
Google News - over 6 years
The total of nine apprentices and trainees will give the company the depth to dance larger works, such as George Balanchine's seminal ballet “Serenade” in September and Lew Christensen's comical “Con Amore” in February. It also helps launch the next
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Dance Critic Alice Kaderlan: George Balanchine And The Male Dancer - KUOW NPR
Google News - over 6 years
"Ballet is woman" is a famous quote attributed to the Russian–American choreographer George Balanchine. But Seattle–based dance critic Alice Kaderlan has been rethinking that statement. This summer Alice attended an international festival of
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Utah's Ballet West goes slightly south at Wolf Trap - Washington Post
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George Balanchine's “The Four Temperaments” presents its dancers with an extraordinary challenge. The body angles are so precise, the lines are so clear-cut and the staging is so spare that it leaves virtually no room for error
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Aug. 21 — 27 - New York Times
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13 with works by George Balanchine, Peter Martins and Jerome Robbins. There will be a Balanchine Black & White performance Sept. 16 of “Episodes,” “Apollo” and “The Four Temperaments,” being performed above by Justin Peck and Rebecca Krohn
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Oregon Ballet Theatre postcards from Korea: In-flight greetings - OregonLive.com
Google News - over 6 years
By Marty Hughley, The Oregonian BLAINE TRUITT COVERTOregon Ballet Theatre's production of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" is a winter holiday classic in Portland. But the company currently is presenting it in the height of summer on tour in South
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Balanchine/Robbins, Mariinsky Ballet, Covent Garden, review - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 6 years
Rating: * * * * By Sarah Crompton The relationship between George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, twin pillars of American ballet, could be the subject of several novels. Robbins adored his mentor Balanchine, who respected his acolyte - but couldn't
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Demonstrating How a Special Choreographer Made Men Special - New York Times
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When the choreographer George Balanchine was running New York City Ballet, there were two sides to being one of his male dancers. Much of the time, as successive men have related, it was as if they just weren't there. Sometimes, when teaching, he was
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OBT Exposed (Oregon Ballet Theatre) - Willamette Week
Google News - over 6 years
The Saturday, July 23, schedule is a little more involved: class, rehearsal and performances of excerpts from George Balanchine's Who Cares?, plus Trey McIntyre's Speak, James Kudelka's Almost Mozart and new choreography by retired OBT principal dancer
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LongHouse Reserve Celebrates 20 Years - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
Four principle dancers will present two dances choreographed by George Balanchine. They are “Tarantella” (music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk) and “The Man I Love” from the ballet “Who Cares?” (Music by George Gershwin). Both pieces were orchestrated by
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An Uplifting Fourth of July - Huffington Post
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The first time I heard Leontyne Price sing in concert, saw Alvin Ailey's "Revelations" by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and George Balanchine's "Serenade" performed by the New York City Ballet are three such moments that come immediately to
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Ballet Review: Infinite variety of Balanchine displayed - The Saratogian
Google News - over 6 years
Friday night at SPAC, in four ballets by George Balanchine, they danced like gods. The program displayed some of the infinite variety of Balanchine and the company he founded. His sprightly 1957 “Square Dance,” the most measured and rational of the
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 79
    After years of illness, Balanchine died on April 30, 1983, aged 79, in Manhattan from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, which was diagnosed only after his death.
  • 1982
    Age 78
    By 1982, he was incapacitated.
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  • 1978
    Age 74
    He first showed symptoms during 1978 when he began losing his balance while dancing.
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  • 1967
    Age 63
    In 1967, Balanchine's ballet, Jewels displayed specific characteristics of Balanchine's choreography.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1955
    Age 51
    In 1955, Balanchine created his version of The Nutcracker, in which he played the mime role of Drosselmeyer.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1946
    Age 42
    First performed on November 20, 1946, this modernist work was one of his early abstract and spare ballets, angular and very different in movement.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1940
    Age 36
    Soon Balanchine formed a new dance company, Ballet Society, again with the generous help of Lincoln Kirstein. He continued to work with contemporary composers, such as Paul Hindemith, from whom he commissioned a score in 1940 for The Four Temperaments.
  • 1938
    Age 34
    Balanchine relocated his company to Hollywood during 1938, where he rented a white two-story house with "Kolya", Nicholas Kopeikine, his "rehearsal pianist and lifelong colleague", on North Fairfax Avenue not far from Hollywood Boulevard.
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  • 1936
    Age 32
    Balanchine choreographed Broadway's On Your Toes, in 1936.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1933
    Age 29
    Balanchine and Kochno immediately founded Les Ballets 1933, with Kochno, Diaghilev's former secretary and companion, serving as artistic advisor.
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    In 1933, without consulting Blum, Col. de Basil dropped Balanchine after one year — ostensibly because he thought that audiences preferred the works choreographed by Massine.
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  • 1928
    Age 24
    Among his new works, during 1928 in Paris, Balanchine premiered Apollon musagète (Apollo and the muses) in a collaboration with Stravinsky; it was one of his most innovative ballets, combining classical ballet and classical Greek myth and images with jazz movement.
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  • 1926
    Age 22
    After his divorce from Tamara Geva, Balanchine was partnered with Alexandra Danilova from 1926 through 1933.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1924
    Age 20
    Diaghilev soon promoted Balanchine to ballet master of the company and encouraged his choreography. Between 1924 and Diaghilev's death in 1929, Balanchine created nine ballets, as well as lesser works.
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    On a 1924 visit to Germany with the Soviet State Dancers, Balanchine, his wife, Tamara Geva, and dancers Alexandra Danilova and Nicholas Efimov fled to Paris, where there was a large Russian community.
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  • 1923
    Age 19
    In 1923, Balanchine married Tamara Geva, a sixteen-year-old dancer.
    During 1923, with fellow dancers, Balanchine formed a small ensemble, the Young Ballet.
    Balanchine graduated from the conservatory during 1923, and danced as a member of the corps until 1924.
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  • 1921
    Age 17
    After graduating in 1921, Balanchine enrolled in the Petrograd Conservatory while working in the corps de ballet at the State Academic Theater for Opera and Ballet (formerly the State Theater of Opera and Ballet and known as the Mariinsky Ballet).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1913
    Age 9
    Based on his audition, during 1913 (at age nine) Balanchine relocated from rural Finland to Saint Petersburg and was accepted into the Imperial Ballet School, principal school of the Imperial Ballet, where he was a student of Pavel Gerdt and Samuil Andrianov (Pavel's son-in-law).
  • 1904
    Age 0
    Born on January 22, 1904.
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