I am enjoying reading this biography of Roman Jasinski very much. I like the way the authors have interwoven their research and Jasinski's own words (taken from extensive interviews).
This book gives one an understanding of the hardship and insecurity that was part of Jasinski's early dancing life. And the passion that kept him going.
Here are two excerpts from a passage where Jasinski is talking about Balanchine.
"I think Balanchine expressed emotions more in his early choreography. In his earlier ballets with stories the dancers had to express themselves. In America he tried to teach dancers to dance with expression, to act, but it was too hard, so he set abstract steps on the dancers. Emotions weren't really necessary. Instead he moved the dancer fast on the stage. His classes changed, too, after he came to America. He was always looking for speed." page 235
"Then too, without story ballets he didn't have to buy scenery, which was good because he didn't have any money. He was kind of a free man. He could do what he wanted. I always had the feeling that he wanted to choreograph with nobody bothering him. He decided to do his style and didn't care about scenery and costumes. When he came to New York he changed everything. He was smart when he saw he could do this. Balanchine made a tremendous revolution." page 235