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George Balanchine
(1904 - 1983) Russia - U.S.A.

George Balanchine

Dancer and choreographer


George BalanchineNé Georgij Melitonovich Balanchivadze at Saint Petersburg. After leaving the USSR in 1924, he worked with Diaghilev, and was his lover, in France.

He moved to the USA in 1935, where he became a major influence on modern dance, starting the New York City Ballet in 1948.

His works include Apollon Musagète (1928) and The Prodigal Son (1929) for Diaghilev, several works for music by Stravinsky such as Agon (1957) and Duo Concertante (1972) for the Stravinsky Festival of that year, and musicals such as On Your Toes (1936) and The Boys from Syracuse (1938).


Picture by George Platt Lynes - George Balanchine, 1941 - Gelatin silver print
© 2003 by the Estate of George Platt Lynes

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