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Balanchine Catalogue

Symphony in Three Movements
Choreography by George Balanchine
(c) The George Balanchine Trust

Choreography by George Balanchine: A Catalogue of Works provides a complete premiere-performance record of Balanchine’s creative output.  Published to critical acclaim in a limited edition in 1983, and revised in 1984 for a broader release, this listing has now been expanded, updated, and converted into a searchable database accessible to all.  The Catalogue, compiled by scholars and researchers in many parts of the world and prepared with Balanchine’s participation, covers a period of more than sixty years–from La Nuit at the Petrograd Theater Ballet School, choreographed in 1920 or earlier, to a revision of Stravinsky’s Variations for Orchestra for the New York City Ballet in 1982, his final production.

Pëtr Gusev and Olga Mungalova
in Waltz and Adagio.
Music and Choreography by George Balanchine
(c) The George Balanchine Trust.  Courtesy St. Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music

Unlike the world of visual arts, where the catalogue raisonné has a long history, the dance world has not traditionally provided its scholars with such resources.  Choreography by George Balanchine was the first, and to our knowledge remains the only, such work devoted to a choreographer.

The Catalogue covers every known work staged or choreographed by Balanchine–including ballets, opera dances, operettas, movies, staged choral works, musicals, straight plays, concert works, television, and circus–over 400 in all.  Records give full details of music, production, and opening-night cast, with notes on the work, revisions, stagings by other companies, and televised performances.  Also included are an extensive bibliography, a videography, a filmography, source notes, a chronology of Balanchine’s professional life, roles he danced, festivals he directed, tours undertaken by his American companies, and a guide to further research.  A complete description of the organization of the Catalogue will be found in the Introduction.

The George Balanchine Foundation welcomes questions as well as corrections and additional material (with documentation, please).  Contact us at information@balanchine.org.

Felia Doubrovska in Prodigal Son.
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Courtesy NYCB Archives Ballet Society Collection.

The Jerome Robbins Foundation, by a generous gift made in recognition of Mr. Robbins’s great respect and affection for George Balanchine, has made the electronic edition of the Catalogue possible.

Additional funding for this edition has been provided by Furthermore: A Program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special thanks to Peter Kayafas and the Eakins Press Foundation and to the project directors of the original print editions, Leslie George Katz, Nancy Lassalle, and Harvey Simmonds.

© 1983, The Eakins Press Foundation.  Revised and updated electronic edition © 2007, The George Balanchine Foundation, Inc.      Preface © 1983, Lincoln Kirstein.

Alexandra Danilova and Frederic Franklin in La Sonnambula.
Credit: Maurice Seymour. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Courtesy NYCB Archives.
 

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