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  • 1. George Balanchine Krysten Necessary Dance History 18 March 2009
  • 2. Early Childhood
    • Born Gyorgy Melitonovich Balanchivadze on January 22 nd 1904 in St. Petersburg (moved to the countryside shortly thereafter)
    • His father was a composer and his mother was a pianist
    • His first stage appearance occurred when he was a toddler and was lost in a park; he was horrified
    • He went to St. Petersburg to apply for the Naval Academy but ended up auditioning for the Imperial Theater School and got accepted in
  • 3. The Imperial Theater School
    • At first felt ballet technique was against nature
    • His uniform was his favorite aspect of the school
    • The school was shut down briefly after the revolution
    • The theater became the State Theater for Opera and Ballet
    • Balanchine graduated in 1921 with honors
  • 4. Maryinsky Theater
    • Performed in other choreographers’ works
    • When it came to his own choreography, he wanted to explore freer movements
    • First choreographed piece was a romantic duet which was criticized for being a “scandal of eroticism”
    • Founded the Young Ballet
    • Went on a European tour as part of the Soviet State Dancers
  • 5. Ballet Russe
    • Had to audition with Diaghilev to attain position
    • Became company choreographer shortly after joining
    • At first had to write operas
    • First full length ballet was Le Chant du Rossignol
    • After Diaghilev’s death in 1929, the Ballet Russe fell apart
    • Shortly after, a knee injury ended his dancing career
  • 6. NYC Ballet
    • Balanchine met Lincoln Kirstein at a performance of his Les Ballets in London
    • Kirstein asked him to join him in opening a company of American dancers
    • “ But first, a school” (Balanchine)
    • School of American Ballet
    • Dismantled for a while
      • Hollywood
      • Tour of South American
      • Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
    • Ballet Society
    • New York City Ballet
  • 7. Balanchine Dancer
    • Elegance
    • Energy
    • Precision
    • Cleanliness
    • Simplicity
    • Thin
    • Long arms and legs
  • 8. Balanchine Costume
    • “ [Balanchine] has not been troubled with hour to dress dancers, but how to undress them with elegance, so their nudity is most intelligible” (Kirstein)
    • Less restricting
    • Sometimes barefoot
    • Leotard dances
  • 9. Balanchine Ballet
    • Highly stylized
    • Plot less
    • Neoclassical
    • Abstract
        • “ There is nothing abstract about a man and a woman on stage together” (Balanchine)