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Dance for a city : fifty years of the New York City Ballet
Garafola, Lynn.
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 236 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Edited by dance scholar and exhibition curator Lynn Garafola and historian Eric Foner, this text takes a look at the history of America's premier ballet company, placing it within the context of the city's changing intellectual and cultural life. Drawing on the perspectives of dance scholars, urbanists, musicologiest, art historians and scholars of gay history, the book reveals the complex forces that contributed to the company's success.

Author Notes

Lynn Garafola is a feature writer and critic for Dance Magazine , the author of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes , and the former editor of the book series Studies in Dance History .Eric Foner is professor of history at Columbia University and the author of many books, most recently The Story of American Freedom .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This companion volume to the New York Historical Society's exhibition of the history of the New York City Ballet captures the beauty and reverie of the world of dance that ballet itself evokes. Garafola and Foner have compiled a lovely and interesting look at this amazing company and its lush history. Master of choreography George Balanchine founded the company in the 1930s, and it rose from a fledgling dance troupe to become world class. The company maintained a virtuosity that rivaled the major companies of Europe, with performances ranging from the classical to the avant-garde, and Balanchine himself was the principal choreographer. Such notables as Maria Tallchief and Mikhail Baryshnikov have been among its ranks, and the company has planted the seeds for the founding of numerous ballet companies throughout the country. The book features writing from dance scholars, urban historians, and musicologists. Lavishly illustrated with photographs throughout, some published for the first time, this lovely volume pleases the eye and the mind--much like the NYCB itself. --Michael Spinella

Choice Review

Produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the New York Historical Society and edited by dance critic/writer Garafola (Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, CH, Feb'90) with historian Foner (author most recently of The Story of American Freedom, CH, Jan'99), this collection of seven essays includes contributions by dance scholars, musicologists, a chronicler of gay history, an art historian, and an urbanist. The skillful writing and breadth of viewpoints yields a book that is a welcome addition to the steady stream of works devoted to the New York City Ballet and to its founding choreographer, George Balanchine. Of particular note are essays on the making of Balanchine's ballet Agon and on the ballet photographs of George Platt Lynes. Also significant is the inclusion of the first complete list of New York City Ballet choreographer Jerome Robbins's ballets and musicals and a portfolio of photographs of Robbins in rehearsal and in performance. A previously unpublished interview with Balanchine by Nancy Reynolds, numerous additional photographs, endnotes, and a useful index complete this volume. For all dance collections. S. E. Friedler; Swarthmore College