Balanchine, George

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1904-01-09
Death 1983-04-30
US
English

Biographical notes:

Ballet dancer and ballet and theater choreographer; the major ballet figure in the twentieth century.

From the description of Correspondence and contracts, 1949-1966. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122533853

George Balanchine (1904-1983) was a Russian-American dancer and choreographer. In 1921 he graduated from the Theatre School in Petrograd. He left Russia in 1924, and the same year he was engaged by Serge Diaghilev as a choreographer for his company Ballets Russes. After the death of Serge Diaghilev in 1929, Balanchine unsuccessfully tried to establish his own company in Europe. He came to the United States at the invitation of Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996) in 1933. The following year they founded the School of American Ballet. Collaboration with Kirstein also resulted in the founding of the American Ballet Caravan (1941), the Ballet Society (1946), and the New York City Ballet (1948). From that time until his death, Balanchine served as artistic director of the New York City Ballet, choreographing the majority of its productions. In 1983, five months after Balanchine's death, the George Balanchine Foundation was incorporated, and in 1987 the George Balanchine Trust was established to facilitate the licensing of George Balanchine's works around the world.

From the guide to the George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk)., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

George Balanchine was a Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and company director. With Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996) he founded the School of American Ballet in 1934. Collaboration with Kirstein also resulted in the founding of the New York City Ballet (1948), of which Balanchine served as artistic director until his death in 1983.

From the description of George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612235226

George Balanchine (1904-1983) was a Russian-born American choreographer. Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929-2000) was a principal dancer at The New York City Ballet, and was married to Balanchine from 1952 to 1969.

From the description of Letters to Tanaquil Le Clercq, 1957-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612789154

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Subjects:

  • Ballet--Production and direction
  • Choreography
  • Labanotation
  • Choreographers
  • Ballets--Stories, plots, etc
  • Ballet dancers
  • Ballet--Choreography
  • Dance notation
  • Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) unaccompanied
  • Ballet programs
  • String quartets--Scores
  • Ballets--Scores
  • /Waltzes
  • Birthdays--Songs and music

Occupations:

  • Choreographer

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)