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#16 Dale

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 08:02 AM

The United States Post Office will release a series in 2004 called, "American Choreographers," while will include Balanchine, Ailey, Graham and De Mille.

I think Mr. B would be proud, as he will be honored as an American, which he was very happy to be.

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 10:02 AM

One of the things we were asked to stress in our letters to the Postal Service was Mr. B's accomplishments as an American choreographer. It seems we succeeded too well. While I agree that this honor would have pleased him, the point of the stamp was to observe his centennial, and this aspect has been lost. Nevertheless, Graham, Ailey, and De Mille are infinitely worthier of Balanchine's company than some of the participants in NYCB's "Centennial Celebration."

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 10:14 AM

I agree with your point, Farrell Fan, but I think it was probably easier to sell to the USPO this way.

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 10:48 PM

Another confirmation - The Film Society of Lincoln Center at Walter Reade Theater will hold a two-day "centenary celebration in song and dance on film and video," called "Popular Balanchine x 2; Balanchine on Broadway and Balanchine in Hollywood." There will be two separate presentations on Monday evenings Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, 2004) [There's the possibility of two more dates of seminars] I was told the 13th will be Balanchine on Broadway with several hosts, the 20th will be Balanchine in Hollywood with 1 host. The panel presenters will be among those who participated in The George Balanchine Foundation's Popular Balanchine research project.

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 09:52 AM

From the Balanchine Foundation:

THE GEORGE BALANCHINE FOUNDATION
AND
THE GEORGE BALANCHINE TRUST
SALUTE
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S CENTENNIAL YEAR
1904 - 2004

Ballet Companies and Cultural Organizations in New York City and Around The World Honor the 20th Century’s Most Influential Ballet Choreographer in Performance and Special Programs

THE GEORGE BALANCHINE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

New York City - Beginning this fall 2003 and extending throughout calendar year 2004, the world will honor the genius of George Balanchine and will pay tribute to his lasting contributions as it celebrates the Centennial of his birth. The George Balanchine Foundation and The George Balanchine Trust salute Balanchine’s Centennial year by acknowledging the many ballet companies and organizations who will honor his artistry, and by collaborating on special celebratory programs.

Balanchine’s contributions to dance encompassed hundreds of ballet works, many of which are recognized as masterpieces of the twentieth century. His vast repertory of works is unparalleled in the history of dance. During the Centennial celebration, over 60 dance companies around the globe will perform his ballets. Major United States dance companies, including those in Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington. D.C., and international cities such as Amsterdam, Helsinki, London, Moscow, Paris, St. Petersburg, Stuttgart, Toronto, Zurich and numerous others will all honor Balanchine by presenting his ballets. (Full list attached – as of 9/5/03).

Balanchine changed classical ballet, and in doing so he changed the history of modern culture. He founded two American cultural institutions, The School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet, and is credited with having a profound influence on the cultural history of New York City. His contributions to dance are directly responsible for developing and solidifying the art form’s place in American society and establishing ballet as a twentieth century art form.

For the Centennial, in addition to ballet performances, Balanchine’s varied contributions will be highlighted by numerous organizations across the United States and around the world. These organizations include renowned museums, large libraries, performing arts presenters, governmental agencies, and significant universities. Considered one of the great artists of our time, these programs will illustrate Balanchine’s work in such areas as his teaching methods, his choreographic process, his significant musical influence in the twentieth century, and his work on Broadway, in film, and in television - all of which helped to sculpt our cultural history.

The George Balanchine Foundation will provide Centennial updates as programs and performances are created. Information is also available on The Foundation’s web site at www.balanchine.org.

***

The George Balanchine Foundation was incorporated in 1983 as a not-for-profit organization, five months after the death of Mr. Balanchine. The mission of The Foundation is to utilize the Balanchine legacy to advance the development of dance and its allied arts in the United States and throughout the world on behalf of the dance community at large. This goal is pursued through a broad range of activities and programs, including concentrated research, ballet reconstructions, publications, lecture and videos, and other innovative projects.

The George Balanchine Trust was formed in 1987 to facilitate the licensing of George Balanchine’s works, trademarks and service marks throughout the world. The Trust endeavors to preserve the artistic integrity of the works by providing Balanchine -trained repetiteurs to stage his ballets for qualified companies and by requiring periodic reviews of the productions. The Trust further seeks to foster general public awareness and understanding of Mr. Balanchine’s repertory and teaching.




THE GEORGE BALANCHINE CENTENNIAL
1904 - 2004

Special Presentations, Programs, Symposiums and Exhibitions
(As of 9/18/03)


Centennial Television & Film Presentations

• The Museum of Television & Radio
“A Celebration of George Balanchine: Selected Television Work”
December 5, 2003 to March 7, 2004
New York & Los Angeles

A three-month series of screenings of rare and well known television productions that Balanchine participated in and contributed to. Included in the screenings will be such signature works as Apollo, Serenade, Prodigal Son, Concerto Barocco, Liebeslieder Walzer, Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony, Who Cares?, and Jewels. Also included will be the 1956 NBC Opera Theatre production of The Magic Flute; the 1958 Playhouse 90 adaptation of The Nutcracker (in which Balanchine portrays Herr Drosselmeyer), and the 1966 NET program U.S.A. Dance – New York City Ballet, which includes a discussion with George Balanchine and then company members Arthur Mitchell, Suzanne Farrell, Patricia McBride, Edward Villella, Jacques d’Amboise and Melissa Hayden.

Location:
The Museum of Television & Radio
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

The Museum of Television & Radio
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Further information:
Loretta Ramos, Manager, Public Relations – 212-621-6785
lramos@mtr.org
www.mtr.org

• George Balanchine Television Documentary – American Masters Balanchine
American Masters is produced for PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York - Airing January 2004
(The documentary was aired originally in 1984 on PBS, and on BBC (Europe) in 1985).

A two-part documentary, made soon after Balanchine’s death, focusing on his life and work. Included is extensive footage of Balanchine and generous excerpts from many of his ballets.

Further information:
Matt Baumoel – 212-560-3118
baumoelm@thirteen.org

Centennial Presentations and Programs

• “Works & Process” at the Guggenheim Museum
In collaboration with The George Balanchine Foundation, Works &Process presents a four-part program focusing on specific seminal works by Balanchine and highlighting The Foundation’s video archive series. Original creators of well-known principal roles will coach excerpts on dancers of today. Each program will include a moderated discussion.

- Balanchine’s Lost Choreography
November 16 & 17, 2003 – 8 PM

These evenings feature excerpts from two Balanchine ballets long believed lost: the Fortune-Telling pas de deux from his original version of Le Baiser de la Fйe (1937), as recreated and coached by Maria Tallchief, and the Adagio from his original Mozartiana (1933), as recreated by Frederic Franklin. New York City Ballet Principal dancer Nikolaj Hьbbe and NYCB’s Carla Kцrbes are scheduled to perform. Dance scholar Nancy Reynolds leads a discussion with Ms. Tallchief and Mr. Franklin filled with personal reminiscences of Mr. “B” and his work.

- Balanchine’s Early Works January 25 & 26, 2004
- Balanchine’s Middle Years March 7 & 8, 2004
- Balanchine’s Late Works April 18 & 19, 2004

Location:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10028

Further information:
Manuel R. Rodriguez, Associate Producer – 212-758-0047
Manny.Rodriguez@verizon.net
www.worksandprocess.com

• Symphony Space
“Wall-To-Wall George Balanchine”
Saturday, March 20, 2004
11 AM – 11 PM (Free to the public)

For the first time ever since its inaugural year in 1978, “Wall-To-Wall” will focus on a choreographer, who was also a great figure in music history. As part of the celebration of Balanchine’s Centennial, “Wall-To-Wall George Balanchine” will explore the artist’s work with a cast of distinguished guests in a twelve-hour non-stop program of dance, video, panel discussions, film excerpts, teaching demonstrations, and the memories of many who worked with George Balanchine.

Location:
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)
New York, NY 10025-6947

Further information:
Jill Meisner
Jill@rosengrouppr.com
Zachary Hastings Hooper - 212-255-8455
Zachary@rosengrouppr.com
www.symphonyspace.org

• City Parks Foundation’s Central Park “SummerStage”
Summer 2004 – two performances

Central Park SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents two free performances in Summer 2004 which will feature dancers from American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem and New York City Ballet performing Balanchine repertoire.

Location:
SummerStage – Central Park (Entrance: 69th Street & 5th Avenue)
New York, NY

Further information:
Debbie Ferraro, Director of Marketing and Public Relations,
City Parks Foundation - 212-360-8162
Dferraro@cityparksfoundation.org
www.SummerStage.org

• Film Society of Lincoln Center – Walter Reade Theater
September, 2004

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present one or two programs that will reflect Balanchine’s work on Broadway and in Hollywood in a centenary celebration of song and dance.

Location:
Walter Reade Theater
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Further information:
Joanna Ney, Director, Public Relations; Producer: Special Programs
212-875-5403
jney@filmlinc.com

• Manhattan School of Music
“Symposium: Balanchine the Musician”
Fall 2004
A three-part program focusing on Balanchine’s contributions to the music world, his collaborations with composers and his knowledge of the art form.

- Part one: Screening of “Music Dances: Balanchine Choreographs Stravinsky”
Concert performance by student orchestra to music from Apollo, Agon and Orpheus
- Part two: Panel discussion with musicians, conductors and a pianist (participants to be announced at a later date)
- Part three: Lecture/demonstration of Stravinsky Violin Concerto and possibly Concerto Barocco

Further information:
Susan Blumstein, Vice President External Affairs
212-749-2802, x 4537
sblumstein@msmnyc.edu
www.msmnyc.edu


Seminars & Symposiums

• University of Michigan
“From the Mariinsky to Manhattan: George Balanchine and The transformation of American Dance”
October 31 – November 1, 2003

As part of the University of Michigan’s Celebrating St. Petersburg Festival, the Center for Russian and East European Studies and Department of Dance present a public symposium dedicated to St. Petersburg ballet and the legacy of George Balanchine.

Location:
Rackman Auditorium, Rackham Building
915 East Washington
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Further information:
U-M Center for Russian and East European Studies – 734-764-0351
crees@umich.edu
www.umich.edu/stpetersburg/

• New York City Ballet
“Balanchine 100: The Centennial Celebration”
During its 2004 winter and spring performance seasons, NYCB will present pre-performance Ballet Insights and Family Insights discussions, as well as Centennial Celebration seminars on select Monday evenings throughout both seasons. Topics will include various aspects of Balanchine’s creative life; dates and speakers for these presentations will be announced at a later date.

Location:
New York State Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Further information: Robert Daniels – 212-870-4083
rdaniels@nycballet.com

• The Museum of Television & Radio
“A Celebration of George Balanchine”
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 (evening)

In conjunction with the three-month series of screenings entitled “A Celebration of George Balanchine: Selected Television Work,” The Museum will present a symposium which will highlight and provide discussion on Balanchine’s work with the medium of television. Confirmed participants to date include: Suzanne Farrell, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet; Barbara Horgan , Trustee-General Director of The George Balanchine Trust and Chairman of The George Balanchine Foundation, and John Goberman, Executive Producer, Television for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

Location:
The Museum of Television & Radio
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

Further information:
Loretta Ramos, Manager, Public Relations – 212-621-6785
lramos@mtr.org
www.mtr.org

• The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
January – March 2004 (Admission is free)

In conjunction with an exhibition on George Balanchine, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will present a series of four lectures.

- Constance Valis Hill January 2004
Focusing on the collaboration between George Balanchine and Vernon Duke on the Broadway Musical “Cabin in the Sky”

- Lynn Garafola February 21, 2004
Focusing on Balanchine and his work in Paris

- Nancy Reynolds February 26, 2004
Focusing on Balanchine’s work in the 1940s

- Charles Joseph March 4, 2004
Focusing on Balanchine’s musicality and his collaborations with Igor Stravinsky

Location:
Bruno Walter Auditorium
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498
Ph: 212-642-0142

Further information:
Rima Corben – 212-704-8600
rcorben@nypl.org

• San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM)
“George Balanchine: Ballet Master”

Throughout the run of SFPALM’s exhibition (January 22 – June 19, 2004), the Performing Arts Library will present a number of related public programs, including conversations with notable artists who worked with Balanchine, panel discussions, and rare video screenings.

Location:
San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum
401 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

Further information:
Brad Rosenstein, Director of Programs & Education
415-255-4800 x 817
bradr@sfpalm.org
www.sfpalm.org

• San Francisco Ballet
“Balanchine Festival”
March 19 & 20, 2004

San Francisco Ballet will present two pre-performance symposiums prior to opening night of each of the Company’s tribute Balanchine programs. Participants in the symposiums will be dancers who worked directly with Mr. Balanchine.

Location:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street
San Francisco, CA

Further information:
Kyra Jablonsky, Public Relations Manager – 415-553-4667
kjablonsky@sfballet.org

• Harvard University
In conjunction with the Harvard Theatre Collection Balanchine exhibit (April 13 – May 31, 2004), Harvard University will host a two-day symposium in mid-April. Participants will include leading scholars, journalists and writers, and dancers. It is expected that the program will also include film viewings and teaching demonstrations.

Location:
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Further information:
Kathleen Coleman – 617-495-2445
htc@harvard.edu

• “Words On Dance” – San Francisco
April 19, 2004 – 7:30 PM
In its tenth year of presenting on-stage conversations with eminent dancers, “Words On Dance” will present a program celebrating Balanchine’s Centennial through conversation with three dancers who worked directly with George Balanchine: Maria Tallchief, teacher and former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Merrill Ashley, teacher and former principal dancer of New York City Ballet, and Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet and former principal dancer of New York City Ballet. The evening will be moderated by Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet. The artists will discuss the ballets Mr. Balanchine created for them, and the artistic traditions they continue to deliver to generations that follow. The conversation will also highlight how Balanchine’s works have endured, and the importance of each artist’s method of interpretation. A special screening will be produced for this program.

Location:
Herbst Theater – San Francisco

Further information:
Deborah DuBowy, Producer - 415-731-0103
Wodance@aol.com

Centennial Exhibitions

• The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
“The Enduring Legacy of George Balanchine”
December 3, 2003 – April 24, 2004 (Admission is free)

In celebration of the Centennial of Balanchine’s birth and in recognition of his profound impact on New York City, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will present a multimedia exhibition of photographs, designs, manuscript music and correspondence, costumes, set pieces and models. Visitors will be able to gain new insights about Balanchine from excerpts from oral histories of dancers and videotaped performances and rehearsals.

Location:
Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498
Ph: 212-870-1630

Further information:
Rima Corben – 212-704-8600
rcorben@nypl.org

• New York City Ballet
“Balanchine 100 Centennial Exhibition”
January 6 – February 29, 2004; April 27 – June 27, 2004

New York City Ballet will produce a special exhibit which will be on display during the Company’s 2004 winter and spring performance seasons. Curated by Edward Bigelow, who worked with Balanchine throughout much of his career in America, NYCB will present a theater-wide exhibit which will explore Balanchine’s life and work through photographs, costumes, artifacts, and other ephemera. A limited edition catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Location:
New York State Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Further Information:
Robert Daniels – 212-870-4083
rdaniels@nycballet.com

• San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM)
“George Balanchine: Ballet Master” – A Centennial Exhibition
January 23 – June 19, 2004
Gala Opening Reception – January 22, 2004

“George Balanchine: Ballet Master” will offer a comprehensive survey of Balanchine’s life and work, including the enormous and lasting impact he has had on the West Coast and on San Francisco in particular. Curated by Sheryl Flatow, photographs, posters, programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, audio and video excerpts, and other rare memorabilia will tell the story of Balanchine’s importance and influence in the twentieth century.

Further information:
Brad Rosenstein, Director of Programs & Education
415-255-4800 x 817
bradr@sfpalm.org
www.sfpalm.org

• Harvard University
April 13 – May 31, 2004
An exhibition devoted to Balanchine and his legacy, drawn from the holdings of the Harvard Theatre Collection, including the George Balanchine Archive.

Location:
Harvard Theater Collection
Nathan Marsh Pusey Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Further information:
Kathleen Coleman – 617-495-2445
htc@harvard.edu

• Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
“Isadora to Balanchine: Celebrating Dance at the Wadsworth Atheneum”
September 2004 – January 2005

In 1933, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and its legendary director A. Everett “Chick” Austin sponsored the immigration of George Balanchine to America and acquired from Serge Lifar an unrivaled collection of set and costume designs from Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. In 1934, the museum presented the first public performances of the School of American Ballet’s producing company. The collections and archives of the Wadsworth Antheneum yield many treasures, including Lincoln Kirstein’s famous letter that resulted in Balanchine’s arrival in America.

Location:
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Further information:
Susan Hood, Media Relations Managers
860-838-4058
susan.hood@wadsworthatheneum.org
www.wadsworthatheneum.org

Other

• United States Postal Service – American Choreographers Commemorative Stamps
Block of 4 stamps/Sheet of 20 stamps
Release date 2004

This marks the first time the USPS has honored choreographers. The American Choreographers commemorative stamps honor George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Agnes De Mille and Alvin Ailey, four masters who elevated the art of dance in America.

Further information:
Cynthia Puryear, Manager of Community Relations – 202-268-8566
cynthia.p.puryear@usps.gov


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