Balanchine


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Balanchine

George. 1904--83, US choreographer, born in Russia
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Balanchine connection: Faculty member and former New York City Ballet principal Violette Verdy, whom Balanchine created many roles on, coaches work.
It was Balanchine whose work bridged classical and modern ballet; Balanchine who founded the New York City Ballet; and Balanchine who in 1954 turned the idea of "Nutcracker" into the biggest moneymaker the ballet world has today.
Yvonne Chouteau speaks of the need to banish emotion from her face when she danced for Balanchine.
Similarly, those in dance, if not intimidated by the thick musical detail, will appreciate the analyses of sonic structures to which Balanchine responded kinesthetically.
This season also will include performances of ballets by choreographers who influenced Balanchine, notably August Bournonville, Michel Fokine and Marius Petipa.
So what makes this dance meaningful to so many, especially since Balanchine is famously remembered as insisting that Serenade is a story-less ballet--nothing more than a simple dance for women on a moonlit night?
After our common pro forma genuflection before Balanchine (which being pro forma makes it no less sincere), it seems self-evident that a like-minded group of former dancers, administrators, foundation executives, and critics has stifled alternatives to Balanchine in the name of a sometimes pedantic, even hysterical fidelity to their own youthful memories.
Balanchine is the backbone of classical ballet in America, and I can't believe that people are trying to put down Balanchine.