The Life You Give: George Balanchine *1904

George Balanchine, born Georgy Melitonovich Balanchivadze on January 22 [January 9, Old Style], 1904, in St. Petersburg, Russia, was the most influential choreographer of classical ballet in the United States in the 20th century. His works, characterized by a cool neoclassicism, include The Nutcracker (1954) and Don Quixote (1965), both pieces choreographed for the New… Continue reading The Life You Give: George Balanchine *1904

The Life You Give: Alvin Ailey *1931

Alvin Ailey, Jr., born Jan. 5, 1931, in Rogers, Texas, U.S.A., was dancer, choreographer, and director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.Having moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1942, Ailey became involved with the Lester Horton Dance Theater there in 1949. Following Horton’s death in 1953, Ailey was director of the company… Continue reading The Life You Give: Alvin Ailey *1931

I’m back in Vienna!

Storytelling à la Norway, in the words of Henrik Ibsen. “Peer Gynt” his five-act play, set to the music of the incomparable Edward Grieg, interpreted as an expressive evening of ballet and movement, is loosely based on the Norwegian fairy tale. Beautiful music and sounds Poetic pictures Surrealism ... It pleasantly points out that, while… Continue reading I’m back in Vienna!