George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker (Eminent Lives)

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Part of the new ‘Eminent Lives’ series, this short biography captures the remarkable talent and spirit of the world’s foremost contemporary choreographer and his legendary creative force.

Writing with wit, warmth and insight, Robert Gottlieb has created a loving portrait of a man he knew and admired, whose life story was almost as dramatic as some of the seminal performances he created for stage and screen. Founder of the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet, Balanchine came to America from Russia in the early 1930s and married five times. His forays into films and musicals, as well as his reinterpretations of ballet classics, revolutionised the look of modern dance to such an extent that he remains a paramount influence in the dance world.

Building on a biographical tradition that can be traced back to Aubrey’s ‘Brief Lives’, Dr Johnson's ‘Lives of the Poets’ and Lytton Strachey's ‘Eminent Victorians’, this exciting and groundbreaking new series pairs great biographers, historians and novelists with iconic subjects, the writing bristling with original and distinctive points of view. ‘To preserve a becoming brevity which excludes everything that is redundant and nothing that is significant,’ wrote Strachey. ‘That, surely, is the first duty of the biographer.’

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Written by the gifted author, editor, and dance critic Robert Gottlieb, George Balanchine describes the life and art of the celebrated, revolutionary ballet choreographer. Here is a necessary and singular look at the life of one of the great figures of the 20th Century: the dynamic Balanchine, founder of The New York City Ballet, collaborator of Stravinsky, and inspiration to countless fans over the course of his long and storied career. George Balanchine is another engaging entry in the HarperCollins Eminent Lives series of biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figures."

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George Balanchine Part of the "Eminent Lives Series", this biography describes the life of the dynamic George Balanchine, the foremost contemporary choreographer in ballet. It presents the life and achievement of this great choreographer who both summed up everything that proceeded him in ballet, and extended the art form into radical yet inevitable fresh paths. Full description

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