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Gelsey Kirkland


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#31 bart

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 02:50 PM

Note: Website still under construction as of this posting.

The's still a lot to see, including a video montage of Kirkland dancing. The ambitions -- including a Studio Company -- are not small. Good luck, Gelsey!

#32 carbro

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 03:16 PM

[Her] ambitions -- including a Studio Company -- are not small.


Were they ever? :)

#33 California

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 09:31 AM

An interview with Gelsey Kirkland and her husband about the new school is posted on the blog 4Dancers:
http://www.4dancers....ichael-chernov/

The website for the school is here:
http://www.gelseykirklandballet.org/
That video collage on the opening page includes very brief clips not available elsewhere, including her "Kitri" jump from the 1978 Don Quixote. (You can see that original production on archival tape at the New York Public Library Performing Arts Library, but it's never been released commercially.)

#34 dirac

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 02:34 PM

There's also a nice interview with Kirkland and Chernov in the latest Ballet Review, where she talks about her early influences as well as the new venture. Best of luck to both of them!

#35 chops

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 06:53 PM

http://www.gelseykirklandballet.org/

She's started her own school! Check it out!

#36 Neryssa

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 02:14 PM

I don't know if this has been posted elsewhere but there is a new article about the school in The New York Times this week:

http://www.nytimes.c...?_r=1&ref=dance

Edited to add: I love the portrait of her by Kenn Duncan. Appears to be pre-silicone era.

#37 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 03:03 PM

I don't know if this has been posted elsewhere but there is a new article about the school in The New York Times this week:

http://www.nytimes.c...?_r=1&ref=dance

Edited to add: I love the portrait of her by Kenn Duncan. Appears to be pre-silicone era.


Don't know. There are photos of her at 17 being fitted for Firebird, if you can find those you can compare I suppose.

#38 Simon G

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 08:16 PM

Found this Kirkland & Baryshnikov. Hope you all enjoy it:



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Posted 14 November 2010 - 08:48 PM

Wow. Seeing her dance like this makes her career even more tragic in my eyes. Being to young to have seen Ms Kirkland live, video snippets are all I have seen. I usually will not judge a dancer on he basis of a video since generally artistry is lost. If that holds true with Kirkland, I can not even imagine what she was like live. I hope more videos of her will eventually find their way to the public so that many more generations will be able to see a glimpse of the artistry so rarely seen today

#40 kitcat

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:09 PM

That's gorgeous Simon. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:03 AM

Thank you so much for posting this, one of the performances that I can point to when people ask me what got me started as a dancer.

It's a shame though that we can only enjoy this performance, from the 1970s, in a form that looks like a kinescope from the 1950s. Why can't our venerable dance organizations, charged with preserving Balanchine's work, do something about remastering and redistributing this. Yes, I know it's about money and permissions, but it's also about institutional will: do they care?

Enjoy it before the "Balanchine police" take it away--censorship is something they seem to have plenty of time and energy for.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 06:01 AM

That's gorgeous Simon. Thanks for sharing.


Indeed. Thanks from me too!

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 06:28 AM

. . . It's a shame though that we can only enjoy this performance, from the 1970s, in a form that looks like a kinescope from the 1950s. Why can't our venerable dance organizations, charged with preserving Balanchine's work, do something about remastering and redistributing this. Yes, I know it's about money and permissions, but it's also about institutional will: do they care?

Enjoy it before the "Balanchine police" take it away--censorship is something they seem to have plenty of time and energy for.


Here's another one to enjoy fast before it disappears -- a Baryshnikov solo from the same piece:


And, as many of us have noted repeatedly here: I would happily pay a hefty price to buy this performance released commercially on DVD or streaming video from iTunes. Are they at least trying to get the necessary releases?

#44 Simon G

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 11:33 AM

Just wanted to bump these to the main page so as many people get a chance to see them as possible, before the inevitable intervention.

#45 Bonnette

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 01:15 PM

Those clips are absolutely thrilling. I hope a lot of people get to appreciate them before they are taken down. Thanks so much.


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