Balanchine Then and Now
Edited by Anne Hogen. Texts by Richard Alston, Toni D'Amelio, Dominique Delouche, Antonia Franceschi, Nanette Glushak, Stephanie Jordan, Anna Kisselgoff, Tim Scholl, Giannandrea Poesio, Francia Russell, Suki Schorer, Violette Verdy, Robert Wilson.
George Balanchine (1904-1983) is one of the past century's greatest choreographers, and (along with Lincoln Kirstein) the man most responsible for creating ballet culture in America, in his roles as founder of the School of American Ballet and cofounder and balletmaster of the New York City Ballet. In a career spanning more than six decades and three continents, and with more than 400 dance works to his name, Balanchine towers over the field with his repertory of masterpieces such as Apollo, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Jewels, his work in film, musical and opera, and also with the legacy of his teaching. In Balanchine Then and Now, leading dancers, choreographers, company directors, critics and academics assess Balanchine's multi-faceted legacy and his relevance to dance today, through essays, reminiscences and interviews. These contributors include Richard Alston, Toni D'Amelio, Dominique Delouche, Nanette Glushak, Stephanie Jordan, Anna Kisselgoff, Giannandrea Poesio, Francia Russell, Tim Scholl, Suki Schorer, Violette Verdy and Robert Wilson, each of whom adds a new angle to how we see Balanchine today. Balanchine Then and Now is illustrated with numerous previously unpublished and very beautifully reproduced images of the master at work, and of his dances. It ranks as one of the essential books on ballet.