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George Balanchine (I) (1904–1983)


George Balanchine was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer with the "Ballets Russes" under Sergei Diaghilev, and became one of the foremost choreographers of the 20th century. He co-founded the School of American Ballet, and started the tradition of seasonal performances of "The Nutcracker" since 1954. He was born Georgi Melitonovich ... See full bio »
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Playhouse 90 Miscellaneous Crew
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The Goldwyn Follies Miscellaneous Crew
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(1967)
I Was an Adventuress Miscellaneous Crew
(1940)

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 1978-2011 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (choreographer - 3 episodes)
- Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1986) ... (choreographer)
- New York City Ballet: Coppelia (1978) ... (choreographer)
 2011 Jewels (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 2007 Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (Video) (choreographer)
 2006 Ballerina (TV Movie documentary) (choreographer - Diamonds segment, Rubies segment) / (choreographer - Diamonds segment)
 2001 Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (Documentary) (choreographer: ballet "Apollon Musagète")
 2000 George Balanchine's Jewels (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 2000 Great Performances (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- 'Jewels' from the Paris Opera Ballet (2000) ... (choreographer)
 1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1993 The Nutcracker (choreographer)
 1984 American Ballet Theatre at the Met (TV Special) (choreographer: "Sylvia")
 1983 He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (Documentary) (choreographer)
 1979 Baryshnikov at the White House (TV Movie) (choreographer: "Harlequinade")
 1977 Great Performances: Dance in America (TV Series) (choreographer - 2 episodes)
- Choreography by Balanchine: Part 2 (1977) ... (choreographer)
- Choreography by Balanchine: Part 1 (1977) ... (choreographer)
 1977 The Turning Point (choreographer: "Tchaikovskyv Pas de deux")
 1975 McCloud (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- The Man with the Golden Hat (1975) ... (choreographer: 'Variations de Ballet')
 1974 Violon Concerto (Short) (choreographer)
 1974 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- Harlequinade (1974) ... (choreographer)
 1959-1968 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series) (choreographer - 4 episodes)
- Man Who Dances: Edward Villella (1968) ... (choreographer)
- Episode #6.2 (1963) ... (choreographer)
- Episode #5.5 (1963) ... (choreographer)
- American Festival (1959) ... (choreographer)
 1967 A Midsummer Night's Dream (choreographer)
 1962 The Flood (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1962 Festival (TV Series) (choreography - 1 episode)
- Stravinsky at 80 (1962) ... (choreography)
 1961 Omnibus (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- A Midwinter Night's Dream (1961) ... (choreographer)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- The Nutcracker (1958) ... (choreographer)
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- The Nutcracker (1957) ... (choreographer)
 1956 NBC Television Opera Theatre (TV Series) (staged by - 1 episode)
- The Magic Flute (1956) ... (staged by)
 1951 La valse (Documentary short) (choreographer)
 1944 Follow the Boys (dance director - uncredited)
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm (choreographer for miss zorina)
 1940 I Was an Adventuress (dances staged by)
 1939 We Are Not Alone (coach: ballet, Jane Bryan - uncredited)
 1939 On Your Toes (dance director)
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies (ballet: conceived and staged by)
 1929 Dark Red Roses (choreographer: Russian ballet)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Babes in Arms. Musical comedy. Material by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek. Musical Director: Gene Salzer. Choreographed by George Balanchine. Directed by Robert B. Sinclair. Shubert Theatre (moved to The Majestic Theatre from 25 Oct 1937 to ... See more »

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We must first realize that dancing is an absolutely independent art, not merely a secondary accompanying one. I believe that it is one of the great arts. . . . The important thing in ballet is the movement itself. A ballet may contain a story, but the visual spectacle . . . is the essential element. The choreographer and the dancer must remember that they reach the audience through the eye. It's ... See more »

Trivia:

His 1954 staging of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" is probably his most famous work. It is the version most responsible for making the complete ballet an annual Christmas tradition throughout the United States. It has been performed in New York City annually since 1954,and still continues its run there - and in 1965, Atlanta, Ga. was one of the first cities outside New York to be granted the ... See more »

Trademark:

Lighter costumes, faster movements, plotless ballet pieces. His dancers moved brilliantly.

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Mr. B See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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