Narrated by Celeste Lawson
Approximately 4.5 hours
Book published by University Press of Florida
Artistic profile of one of the twentieth century's great choreographers.
The literature on Balanchine is vast, but it is primarily biographical. Balanchine Variations is the first book to concentrate on the ballets themselves, providing critical analysis and detailed descriptions of what the dancers actually do.
Beginning with Apollo (1928), Balanchine's first extant work, and ending with one of his last ballets, Ballo della Regina (1978), Nancy Goldner offers detailed insights into more than twenty individual ballets. Based on lectures given across the United States, under the auspices of the Balanchine Foundation, they are intended to illuminate his art.
Goldner discusses the history of each ballet, places each in the context of Balanchine's life and sensibility. She also addresses his taste in music and whether his style can be considered particularly American.
The ballets Balanchine choreographed for the New York City Ballet are danced by companies around the world, and this innovative book is sure to become an indispensable guide to dancers and spectators alike.
Balanchine is a registered trademark of the George Balanchine Trust.
Nancy Goldner is a former dance critic for the Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Dance News.
“Immensely—that's how much I enjoyed the walks through twenty-two of Balanchine's ballets on which Nancy Goldner took me! I look forward to strolling with her again whenever I'm about to go see one of her Balanchine ballets.”
“For the lay audience, this is an excellent introduction to watching Balanchine (and by extension ballet) guided by a thoughtful and articulate guide. For students of dance and balletomanes, it delves into details of craft, history and performance in a manner that elucidates as well as it entertains. ”
—Rose Anne Thom
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1929 Prodigal Son
1941 Concerto Barocco
1946 The Night Shadow / La Sonnambula
1946 The Four Temperments
1947 Theme and Variations
1954 The Nutcracker
1954 Western Symphony
1957 Square Dance
1960 Donizetti Variations
1962 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
1967 Valse Fantaisie
1972 The Stravinsky Festival
Symphony in Three Movements
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée
1978 Ballo della Regina