(click on George Balanchine above to go to the link)
As I was researching the New York City Ballet, I came upon this video about George Balanchine, the creator and choreographer of the NYCB, and his extraordinary variety of work. It discusses his three main styles in which he developed ballets: romantic, classic, and modern. Although they are all very different, they all take root in the classical style. For example, during the modern ballet clips shown, they have the same black leotards and tights with classical technique (turned out legs and such), but he added flexed feet and palms with more staccato music. The video then discusses Balanchine’s history and how the school, New York City Ballet, came about. He was invited to America by Lincoln Kirstein, and they started the school together; it folded and there were a few things that held it back, but then they developed NYCB. Watching the video and seeing the different clips of the ballets really pulled my interest. In my personal opinion, these are some the most well trained and technical dancers we have watched this far. Some of the ballets included are Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Stars and Stripes, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Who Cares? I would thoroughly enjoy watching any of these ballets further, and I am ready to learn more about Balanchine and the New York City Ballet on Thursday!