By R.M. Campbell George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of the most enduring, and magical, ballets in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s repertory. It never wears out its welcome. And so it was revived this weekend at McCaw Hall. The ballet had its local premiere in 1985 and over the next decade was frequently performed. [...]
As women were tearing off their bras in the 1960s and ’70s, George Balanchine was tearing off their tutus. You can get a full dose of the effect at the Kennedy Center Opera House this week, where the New York City Ballet is performing...Show More Summary
Derek Lam’s printed run of show opened with a quote from none other than George Balanchine, the undisputed master of fluid movement: “There are no new steps, only new combinations.” And Lam’s gorgeous showing was just the thing to jolt us to life on a snoozy Sunday morning–no bottled Frappuccinos needed. Show More Summary
New York City Ballet / David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC / January 22, 2011 Prayer: New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan with SAB students in George Balanchine's Mozartiana Photo: Paul Kolnik On January 22, the...Show More Summary
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the ballet The Nutcracker and its use of racial and ethnic stereotypes. I wrote specifically about George Balanchine’s 1954 choreography for the New York City Ballet, the world’s best-known and most influential version of the ballet story, and called for the removal of the offensive racial stereotypes in [...]
At the end of a November NY Times review, critic Alastair Macaulay wrote that ballerina Jenifer Ringer, as the Sugar Plum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, "looked as if she’d eaten one sugar plum too many." The 37-year-old...Show More Summary
"Balanchine at City Center: 1960" Studio 5 at City Center City Center New York, N.Y. November 9, 2010 By Carol Pardo Copyright ©2010 by Carol Pardo "Balanchine at City Center: 1960" celebrated the fecundity and variety of George Balanchine...Show More Summary
Dancer unidentified Photo: Martha Swope (1964) Note: The photos of the young Prince reproduced here are from George Balanchine's celebrated version of The Nutcracker, inspired by the Russian production of his youth. Balanchine himself played the role as a student in the St. Show More Summary
In a spacious, sunlit Lincoln Center studio on Sunday morning, two generations of New York City Ballet principal dancers met for a unique coaching session focused on a 1968 ballet by George Balanchine. Over the course of three hours, Violette...
[Cuba, November 1: Megan Fairchild and Andrew Veyette, principal dancers of the New York City Ballet, perform "Stars and Stripes," choreographed by George Balanchine at the Mella Theatre during the 22nd International Ballet Festival in Havana. Image via AP.] More »
Guest writer: Jim Nelson, general manager (blog written on Saturday, October 9) The company is here in St. Louis performing a triple bill featuring Stanton’s Falling, George Balanchine’s Apollo, and Christopher Bruce’s Hush. We’re performing at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis. Over the past decade, [...]
Guest writer: Sarah Meals, marketing manager There are mixed reports on what exactly inspired George Balanchine to choreograph his three-act abstract ballet Jewels. Some texts say he admired the famous Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry firm, and the gemstones were the actual inspiration for the movement. Other texts say the ballet had nothing to do [...]
Miami City Ballet will get a national showcase when PBS airs a "Dance in America" program this spring of the company performing two works by George Balanchine and one by Twyla Tharp. There was a time when "Dance in America"...
George Balanchine famously stated: “I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance”. I was reminded of this quote when I had the privilege of seeing the incomparable Stephen Fry talk at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne. Regaling us with charming and often hilarious tales of discovering and pursuing [...]
Yesterday afternoon marked the end of an era as Darci Kistler, the last dancer to be hired, trained, and made into a star by George Balanchine, gave her last performance with New York City Ballet, where she’s danced for the past 30 years. Kistler, originally from Riverside, California, began studying at Balanchine’s School of American [...]
When the legendary George Balanchine choreographed the version of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker that rules the American holiday season, he probably did not foresee a day when his Sugar Plum Fairy and her kingdom of sweets would be a primary influence for a music video that contains, as its climax, a woman shooting whipped cream out of her breasts. Show More Summary
Last night Pacific Northwest Ballet premiered George Balanchine’s Coppélia to great fanfare, as their last repertory program of the 2009-10 season. Balanchine’s foray into storybook ballet, rarely seen outside of New York, here has been...Show More Summary
The company opens its 2010-2011 season on Sept. 14 at the David H. Koch Theater and will feature performances of 28 different ballets including 13 works by George Balanchine and 5 by Jerome Robbins.
NYCB dancers in George Balanchine’s Serenade, photo by Paul Kolnik There was a collective moan of disappointment from the audience on Friday evening at New York City Ballet when it was announced that Darci Kistler, who is retiring at the end of this season, would not be performing in George Balanchine’s Serenade. But with the [...]
New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, photo by Paul Kolnik In 1948, New York City Ballet performed George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco at the company’s first performance. This past Sunday afternoon, it was a fitting opening to the spring season. With two other Balanchine classics - The Four Temperaments and Symphony in Three [...]