By R/M. Campbell Every so often Pacific Northwest Ballet devotes an evening to the work of George Balanchine, such as the mixed bill which opened Thursday night at McCaw Hall. These programs are always welcome not only because they are danced well, but they are done with an authentic voice. The company, which merged from the embrace [...]
By R. M. Campbell Not only is Peter Boal, in his few short years as artistic director of Pacific Northwest Ballet, adding new works of George Balanchine to the company’s repertory, he has also been introducing pieces by Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Jerome Robbins, Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris and Alexei Ratmansky (next season). An impressive list [...]
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, choreographed by George Balanchine. Photo by Paul Kolnik.Feb 16, 17, 20 - New York City Ballet danced Liebeslieder Walzer and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 last week, and I loved seeing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. Show More Summary
Wendy Whelan and Albert Evans in Agon, choreographed by George Balanchine.Photo by John Ross, from Ballet.co.uk.Wed, Jan 20 & Tues, Feb 9 - This program was one of only a few mixed rep performances during New York City Ballet's 2010 winter season. Show More Summary
Damian Woetzel and Tiler Peck at the Guggenheim Museum, photo by Erin Baiano Last Sunday evening, audience members of the intimate Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim Museum learned and performed George Balanchine’s Serenade, with piano accompaniment by Cameron Grant. Well, that’s not entirely accurate, but former New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian [...]
Terry Teachout, Pops: A Life Of Louis Armstrong (Houghton Mifflin). Teachout is a consummate biographer. His books about H.L. Mencken and George Balanchine proved that. With Armstrong, he exceeds himself. Teachout combines the advantage of unique access to Armstrong's archives...
Ashley Bouder in George Balanchine’s Firebird, photo by Paul Kolnik New York City Ballet’s winter season includes many full-length narrative ballets, but on Saturday evening, the company performed a triple bill of short stories. Although the newest one, Firebird, premiered in 1949, the ballets told timeless stories: three sailors on shore leave in New York City, [...]
Dec 9, 1963-The Joffrey Ballet returned from a tour of Russia consisting of thirteen sold out performances. Russian critics were generally more favorable to the company than they had been to a visit by George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet the previous year. Show More Summary
Is the quest over? The Kennedy Center has been trying for several years to find a "Nutcracker" that suits the house, and with the Pennsylvania Ballet's production of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker," it may have finally found the right one. Show More Summary
The first movmeent of Peter Anastos' "Go for Barocco," a George Balanchine parody set to Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto and...
Rubies/Workwithinwork/In Light and Shadow Sadlers Wells, London Saturday 3rd October 2009Company in George Balanchine’s Rubies. Photograph by Andrew Ross Rubies is a handy ballet to have in the repertoire as your 40th Anniversary comes around. Show More Summary
“Hommage aux Ballets Russes”, with George Balanchine, “The Prodigal Son”, John Neumeier, “Le Pavillon d´Armide”, and Vaslav Nijinski/Millicent Hodson/Kenneth Archer, “Le Sacre du printemps” The Hamburg Ballett Hamburg State Opera September...Show More Summary
The next generation. My report in the Chronicle: “George Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante” can make even veteran ballerinas quake in their pointe shoes. Everyone must move fast and cleanly - especially the principal woman, whose task is to channel the intricate clarity of Tchaikovsky’s unfinished Third Piano Concerto with seeming ease in her relentlessly demanding solos. [...]
"One afternoon, we went to the House of Guerlain. George [Balanchine] wanted to choose a perfume for me. We sampled several before he settled on L'Heure Bleue (the expression the French have for twighlight), a beautiful, subtle fragrance that I still use today. Show More Summary
A Midsummer Night's Dream (New York City Ballet, New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, June 16-21). George Balanchine's 1962 dance...
Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Louise Nadeau in Emeralds, part of George Balanchine's Jewels™, 2009. Photo © Angela Sterling. Photograph from Emeralds, Choreography by George Balanchine, © 1967 The George Balanchine Trust....Show More Summary
Symphony in Three Movements, photo by Paul Kolnik Sunday afternoon’s program displayed disparate moods and movement, ranging from George Balanchine’s neo-classical to neo-romantic works, with a ballet by Christopher Wheeldon showingShow More Summary
In 1957, a black man partnering a white woman onstage was the stuff of scandal. But dance legend Arthur Mitchell, who did just that when George Balanchine created a pas de deux for him and fellow New York City Ballet dancer Diana Adams, was never one to be cowed by adversity. Yesterday at the New [...]
Darci Kistler, 44, the sole remaining ballerina at New York City Ballet to have danced under the company's legendary founder George Balanchine, has announced that she's retiring after 28 years. [New York Times] ...
Darci Kistler at 16, performing Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3, photo by Costas, 1980 Darci Kistler, the only remaining dancer at New York City Ballet to have been hired and trained by George Balanchine, will retire during the 2010 season according to The NY Times. Next year will mark thirty years with the company for the [...]