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Ballet Biopic on Choreographer George Balanchine in the Works

23 November 2015 5:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gulfstream Pictures is developing a biopic on the early years of the influential ballet choreographer George Balanchine.

David K. Israel is adapting from Elizabeth Kendall’s book “Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer.” Producers are Gulfstream Pictures partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.

The book, published in 2013, focused on the friendship between Balanchine and his childhood friend Liidia (Lidochka) Ivanova from the years just before the 1917 Russian Revolution to Balanchine’s escape from Russia in 1924. Balanchine had been abandoned by his mother at the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet Academy in 1913 at the age of nine.

Ivanova died days before she and Balanchine had planned to leave Russia together. Zippora Karz, a ballerina chosen by Balanchine for the New York City Ballet, will be an executive producer.

Mike Karz told Variety that Zippora Karz, who now works for the George Balanchine Trust staging his choreography around the world, »

- Dave McNary

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Gulfstream Pictures Dancing With George Balanchine Biopic

23 November 2015 4:27 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Gulfstream Pictures has bellied up to the bar on Balanchine, a feature based on iconic ballet choreographer George Balanchine. David K. Israel is adapting Elizabeth Kendall's acclaimed book Balanchine & the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer. Gulfstream Pictures partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley are producing. Set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution, the film tells the coming-of-age story of Balanchine, during his tenure at… »

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