"But first a school."Who said it?
Posted 22 March 2004 - 06:37 AM
Jennifer Dunning wrote a book, published in 1985, about SAB called "But First A School." The first lines of her preface are these: "'Would you come to America to start a ballet company?' The question was simple and direct, posed by Lincoln Kirstein to Georges Balanchine in London in 1933. 'But first,' Balanchine is said to have answered, 'a school.' That response is almost as firm a part of the Balanchine legend as his much-quoted notion that 'ballet is woman.' Their origins may be lost in time and embellished in myth."
Has Ms. Dunning acquired new information cutting through time and myth to definitively identify the source of the quote?
Personally, I think "Ballet is woman" was said by Maurice Bejart.
Posted 22 March 2004 - 07:30 AM
Funny thing is, I can really see it.
Posted 22 March 2004 - 09:30 AM
I love the Bejart attribution!
I thought Balanchine watched Westerns -- that's the lore I grew up on. I can imagine him watching Wonder Woman. Perhaps that would have been a ballet.....
Posted 22 March 2004 - 01:07 PM
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Posted 22 March 2004 - 07:28 PM
But then she herself IS Wonderwoman.
Posted 24 March 2004 - 07:44 AM
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