Citizen Dane, Mr. B, and U.S. citizenship
Posted 20 July 2003 - 07:14 AM
This is in no way another invidious comparison of Martins to Balanchine, but it's always been my impression that Mr. B was a naturalized American citizen. Am I correct in this? I can't find any reference to it in Taper, Buckle, or anywhere else, although I'm fairly sure I read it somewhere. Of course in Balanchine's case, there was the matter of the Russian revolution which made moot the question of loyalty to his native land.
What about Erik Bruhn? Makarova? Baryshnikov?
Posted 20 July 2003 - 07:46 AM
I'm fairly certain that Balanchine became a citizen -- but to be fair to any foreign national post-glasnost, he was, for all intents and purposes, a man without a country -- a Russian who left during the very early Soviet era.
Posted 20 July 2003 - 11:00 AM
You are right about Baryshnikov being a U.S. citizen. A month ago my husband became an U.S. citizen and during the naturalization ceremony the judge listed famous naturalized Americans, Baryshnikov included included.
Posted 20 July 2003 - 01:32 PM
Posted 20 July 2003 - 03:39 PM
Excerpt from the WABC telecast of the Liberty Weekend celebration on July 3, 1986 on Governor's Island in New York Harbor.
SUMMARY: Introduced by Helen Hayes, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, just sworn in as a United States citizen, dances a pas de deux from Who cares? with Leslie Browne of American Ballet Theatre. Choreography: George Balanchine. Music: George Gershwin.
Posted 21 July 2003 - 02:12 AM
I have no specific reference to cite, but I recall reading (more than once) that Stars and Stripes was an homage to his new country, and, indeed, it's precisely the sort of overt gesture that relatively new citizens are wont to make (well, those new citizens who are as gifted as Balanchine, anyway).
I'm fairly certain that Balanchine became a citizen
Posted 21 July 2003 - 06:24 AM
Posted 21 July 2003 - 08:14 AM
Tuesday November 20
Balanchine's All-American Dedication
By JENNIFER DUNNING
"....Balanchine, who became an American citizen in 1939, seldom missed a chance to vote. "I think it meant a lot to him to vote, to have an opinion and be able to talk about it," Ms. Horgan said. "One thing that bothered him was that Americans didn't talk about politics at dinner. He liked to talk politics, to argue."
I hope this much of a quotation is all right, please delete or edit if necessary, Alexandra, thanks.
Posted 25 July 2003 - 06:30 PM
Posted 26 July 2003 - 09:21 AM
As Buckle says, Eisenhower's answer, if there was one, has not survived. But I don't recall any specific appeal to artists by Ike, and I suspect that most voted for Stevenson.
Posted 26 July 2003 - 03:02 PM
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