[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 [...]
“Just as Giselle is ballet’s great tragedy,” wrote legendary choreographer George Balanchine, “so Coppélia is its great comedy.” The massive success of Arthur Saint-Léon’s 1870 production about young lovers, a mad scientist, and his automated ‘Girl with the Enamel Eyes’ ensured it remained a staple of ballet repertory for years to follow. But it had another [...]
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