Episode 12.1 : Balanchine's Early Life (Part 1)


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In an extended conversation with Silas Farley, cultural scholar Elizabeth Kendall, author of the 2013 book Balanchine & the Lost Muse Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer, discusses her extensive research into Balanchine's childhood and youth in in pre- and post-Revolutionary Russia. The first half of this two-part Hear the Dance episode on Balanchine's early life focuses on Georgi Balanchivadze's origins — including the lives of his parents, his early childhood years in the Finnish countryside, and the beginnings of his dance training at the Imperial Theater School. (42:52)

Continue listening to Part 2 of this episode.

MusicWily Tamara by Meliton Balanchivadze The Sleeping Beauty by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

Reading List (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2) Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer by Elizabeth Kendall Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky: Interviews with George Balanchine by Solomon Volkov Balanchine’s Complete Stories of the Great Ballets by George Balanchine and Francis Mason Choura: The Memoirs of Alexandra Danilova By Alexandra Danilova Split Seconds: A Remembrance by Tamara Geva

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