Suzanne Farrell Ballet / Joyce Theater, NYC / October 19-23, 2011 Suzanne Farrell Photo: Paul Kolnik The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, named for the transcendent dancer who was George Balanchine's last muse, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Show More Summary
Growing up in Bakersfield, Tiler Peck forged a connection to George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet by taking classes with three of that company’s former ballerinas — Yvonne Mounsey, Patricia Neary and Colleen Neary. Her first love, however, was jazz...
The art of fine detail: On display at the Kennedy Center are costumes from some of the ballets by George Balanchine that the Suzanne Farrell Ballet has danced throughout its 10-year existence. In these works--”Divertimento Brillante,” “Divertimento No. Show More Summary
Originally the Episodes of George and Martha, the section choreographed by Martha Graham and Balanchine's solo for Graham dancer Paul Taylor were excised after 1960. What we're left with is something that looks like it might have been one of...
Igor Stravinsky talks about his Variations for Orchestra, then watches George Balanchine making a ballet version of the score. The...
Mark Morris Dance Group / Rose Theater, Lincoln Center / August 18-20, 2011 Who does Mark Morris think he is, Bronislava Nijinska? George Balanchine? These superlative choreographers are among the several who preceded him in providing the choreography for Igor Stravinsky's foxy music-and-dance entertainment, Renard. Show More Summary
Francia Russell talks about George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco and rehearses it with the Dutch National Ballet: (This is the latest...
Instead of trying to rename the Koch Theater, why don't we just give an additional name to the actual stage: The George Balanchine Stage at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Thereafter, those.....
Last Wednesday, George Balanchine’s Jewels offered some of the finest dancing that I’ve seen this spring from three of New York City Ballet’s principals. Sara Mearns (in “Diamonds”), Sterling Hyltin, and Teresa Reichlen (both in “Rubies”) gave memorable performances that revealed all of the nuances, musicality, and flavor that make each section of Jewels so unique. [...]
One of the last times Washington saw Nikolaj Hubbe, he was on the Kennedy Center’s Opera House stage with the New York City Ballet, leading a regiment of frisky dancers through Scottish military tattoos in George Balanchine’s exuberant...Show More Summary
New York City Ballet / David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC / May 3 - June 12, 2011 The Women in White: Members of the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in George Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements Photo: Paul Kolnik New...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
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
"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