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Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

James Steichen

Published in print December 2018 | ISBN: 9780190607418
Published online November 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190607449 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190607418.001.0001
Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

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George Balanchine is today one of the most celebrated figures in twentieth-century ballet and is closely identified with the two institutions he helped found in collaboration with Lincoln Kirstein: the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet. During the early years of their efforts in the 1930s, Balanchine and Kirstein’s enterprise underwent numerous changes and transformations. The complexity of their endeavors has been misrepresented in many existing accounts of their lives and careers, in part because their activities have not been assessed as a whole. This book chronicles Balanchine’s and Kirstein’s work between 1933 and 1940 in the spheres of ballet, opera, Broadway musicals, and Hollywood cinema. This new account shows the ways in which their collective and individual efforts influenced and affected one another and ultimately shaped the character of the institutions they would eventually found. The work of the short-lived organizations the American Ballet (1935–38) and Ballet Caravan (1936–40) brought together dozens of dancers and collaborators, and the activity of these companies was closely related to work of the School of American Ballet as well as Balanchine’s projects in Broadway musical theater and film.

Keywords: George Balanchine; Lincoln Kirstein; School of American Ballet; American Ballet; Ballet Caravan; dance history; musical theater

Book.  312 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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