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Lincoln Kirstein’s Social Modernism and the Cultural Front

Andrea Harris

in Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199342235
eISBN:
9780190265816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199342235.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

This chapter takes a biographical approach to Lincoln Kirstein’s creation of a modernist theory of ballet to situate its development in the 1930s cultural wing of the Popular Front and explore its ... More


Making an American Ballet Institution in the Cultural Cold War in Europe

Andrea Harris

in Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199342235
eISBN:
9780190265816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199342235.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

Chapter 4 examines the circumstances leading to the final success of Lincoln Kirstein’s American ballet in 1963, when Ford Foundation philanthropy made George Balanchine’s neoclassicism a national ... More


1937–1938 (II)

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Dance

After its debut season Ballet Caravan became an increasingly independent organization led by Lincoln Kirstein that pursued an aesthetic agenda more explicitly American than the productions of the ... More


1933

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter revisits how George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein first met and began their collaborative enterprise to found an American ballet company and school in 1933. In addition to seeking out ... More


A New Beginning: Kirstein, America, and Jeu de Cartes

Charles M. Joseph

in Stravinsky and Balanchine: A Journey of Invention

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300087123
eISBN:
9780300129342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300087123.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses the changes caused by Diaghilev's death in Venice on 19 August 1929. For all of the internal squabbling and political posturing dividing their house, the Ballets Russes had ... More


Passage to Orpheus

Charles M. Joseph

in Stravinsky and Balanchine: A Journey of Invention

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300087123
eISBN:
9780300129342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300087123.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on an approaching well-backed competitor to Lincoln Kirstein, even as he pleaded his case for contemporary classical dance in the competitive ballet world of New York. Using the ... More


1936

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter chronicles the formation and first season of the dance company Ballet Caravan, revealing the troupe’s close ties to the American Ballet and School of American Ballet. Contrary to prior ... More


Introduction

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

This introduction explains that the early collaborative efforts of George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein have been written about in ways that misrepresented the true character of their activity ... More


Modernism and American Ballet

Andrea Harris

in Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199342235
eISBN:
9780190265816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199342235.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

This chapter explores the international and interdisciplinary backdrop of Lincoln Kirstein’s efforts to form an American ballet in the early 1930s. The political, economic, and cultural conditions of ... More


Dancing Marines and Pumping Gasoline: Coded Queerness in Depression-Era American Ballet

Jennifer L. Campbell

in Queer Dance

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780199377329
eISBN:
9780199377350
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377329.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance

This essay offers close readings of two of Depression-era ballets that arts impresario Lincoln Kirstein developed for his troupe The Ballet Caravan. Because of Kirstein’s integrated method of ballet ... More


1934–1935

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter examines the March 1935 performances of the American Ballet at the Adelphi Theater in New York City, the official premiere of the company and its new repertoire. Preparations for the ... More


Introduction

Andrea Harris

in Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199342235
eISBN:
9780190265816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199342235.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

The introduction presents the core historiographical problem that Making BalletAmerican aims to correct: the idea that George Balanchine’s neoclassical choreography represents the first successful ... More


1935

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter revisits the circumstances by which the American Ballet became the resident dance company at the Metropolitan Opera in 1935. Many accounts have construed this engagement as a surprise ... More


1937

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Dance

In 1937 Balanchine and Kirstein’s collaborative efforts achieved many successes. Balanchine created dances for the Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms, working with a youthful cast that included ... More


1934

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter chronicles the first public performances by dancers from the School of American Ballet in 1934. Although these performances have been construed as previews prior to the company’s ... More


Making Ballet 1: Billy the Kid, 1938

Andrea Harris

in Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199342235
eISBN:
9780190265816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199342235.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

Making Ballet 1 provides a choreographic analysis of the ballet Billy the Kid, produced by Ballet Caravan in 1938 with choreography by Eugene Loring, music by Aaron Copland, design by Jared French, ... More


From Goloopchik (1945) to The Guests (1949)

Howard Pollack

in Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199791590
eISBN:
9780199949625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter considers Blitzstein’s few years of co-habitation with Bill Hewitt; his continued leftist activities, including his involvement with the American-Soviet Music Society and his support for ... More


“Here came these five beautiful Littlefield girls, good dancers all.”: Yvonne Patterson

Sharon Skeel

in Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190654542
eISBN:
9780190654573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190654542.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Dance

Lincoln Kirstein brings George Balanchine to America to start a ballet school (SAB) and professional company (the American Ballet). Needing dancers, Balanchine visits the Littlefield School and ... More


Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

James Steichen

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

George Balanchine is today one of the most celebrated figures in twentieth-century ballet and is closely identified with the two institutions he helped found in collaboration with Lincoln Kirstein: ... More


1935–1936

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter details the activities of the American Ballet during their first year at the Metropolitan Opera as well as the start of Balanchine’s career as a Broadway choreographer. The American ... More


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