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Introduction to the Database

Preface by Lincoln Kirstein

Chronology: Life and Works
Roles Performed By Balanchine

Chronological Title List
Titles By Category

Festivals Directed By Balanchine

Itineraries Undertaken by
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Updated from the 1983 Catalogue by Susan Au et al.

I. Writings by Balanchine


Balanchine's Complete Stories of the Great Ballets.  Edited by Francis Mason. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1954.

Balanchine's New Complete Stories of the Great Ballets.  Edited by Francis Mason. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1968.

Histoire des mes ballets.   Translated by Patrick Thêvenon. Paris: Fayard, 1969.
Based on the 1968 New Complete Stories of the Great Ballets, but including only ballets choreographed by Balanchine.

101 Stories of the Great Ballets   (with Francis Mason). Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1975. Intermediary work between the 1968 and 1977 editions of the Complete Stories of the Great Ballets; adds fifty-one ballets choreographed between 1968 and 1974.

Balanchine's Complete Stories of the Great Ballets (with Francis Mason). Revised and enlarged edition. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1977.

By George Balanchine.  Edited by Thomas W. Schoff. New York: San Marco, 1984. Collection of short quotations from Balanchine's public statements.


'Marginal Notes on the Dance.' In The Dance Has Many Faces,  edited by Walter Sorrell. Cleveland/New York: World, 1951, pp. 31-40. Second edition, revised and expanded, New York: Columbia University Press, 1966, pp. 93-102.

Preface to The Classic Ballet: Basic Technique and Terminology,  by Lincoln Kirstein and Muriel Stuart. New York: Knopf, 1952.

Preface to Labanotation,  by Ann Hutchinson. New York: New Directions, 1954. Revised and expanded edition, New York: Theatre Arts, 1970.

Introduction to Ballet in Action.  Photographs by Paul Himmel. Text by Walter Terry. New York: Putnam, 1954. Rapid-action photographic records of New York City Ballet repertory, including Balanchine's Swan Lake, Serenade, and Sylvia.

'Ballet in America.' In The Book of Knowledge 1955 Annual,  pp. 145-48. New York/Toronto: The Grolier Society, 1955.

'The Purpose of Ballet Society' and 'A Summing Up.'  In A Conference on Ballet--A National Movement, pp. 9-12, 58-62. New York: Ballet Society, 1960.


'The Non-Commissioned Officer's Widow, or How A. L. Volinsky Whipped Himself.'  Teatr 13 (25 December 1923), 7.

'Dance Your Way to Health.' Sunday Chronicle  (London), 7 July 1929. Excerpts reprinted in Dancing Times n.s. 227 (August 1929), 434-35.

'How I Arrange My Ballets and Dances.'  Dance Journal (London) n.s. 3 (1931), p. 464.

'Les Ballets 1993.' Excelsior  (Paris), 4 June 1933.

'Ballet Goes Native.' Dance  [East Stroudsburg, Pa.] 3:3 (December 1934), 13.

'Dance Will Assert Its Importance.' Dance  [East Stroudsburg, Pa.] 6:1 (April 1939), 10.

'Ballet on Record.' Listen  1:4 (February 1941), 6-7.

'Balanchine Defines Dance as Visual Art.' As told to Robert Sabin. Musical America, . 64:5 (25 March 1944), 27.

'The American Dancer.' Dance News  4:4 (April 1944), 3, 6.

'Ballet in Films.' Dance News  5:4 (December 1944), 8.

'Notes on Choreography.' Dance Index  4:2, 3 (February-March 1945), 20-31.

'The Dance Element in Strawinsky's Music.' In 'Strawinsky in the Theatre: A Symposium,' edited by Minna Lederman. Dance Index 6:10, 11, 12 (October-December 1947), 250-56. Reprinted in Stravinsky in the Theatre, edited by Minna Lederman. New York: Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1949, pp. 75-84.

'Diaghileff and His Period.' Dance News  15:2 (August 1949), 6.

'Recording the Ballet.' Dance Observer  17:9 (November 1950), 132-33.

'Création d'un ballet.' [7 October 1931]. Revue chorégraphique de Paris  (May 1952), 9.

'La Peinture et la danse.' Le Figaro  (Paris), 10-11 May 1952.

'The Met at Work: Directing a Rake.'  House program, Metropolitan Opera, New York, 16 February 1953 et seq.

'George Balanchine Writes' [guest columnist, Dorothy Kilgallen's syndicated Voice of Broadway]. Times-Herald  (Olean, New York), 24 June 1954.

'From There I See Patterns...' Greek Theatre Magazine  (Los Angeles) 19-31 July 1954.

'Ivesiana.' Center  1:5 (August-September 1954), 5.

'George Platt Lynes.' Souvenir program, New York City Ballet, 1956. Reprinted in George Platt Lynes: Photographs 1931-1955, by Jack Woody. Los Angeles: Twelvetrees Press, 1983.

'A Word from George Balanchine.' Playbill  (New York), 25 November 1957 et seq. Reprinted in Dance Magazine 32:1 (January 1958), 34-35.

'A Letter from George Balanchine.' Ballet Annual  15 (1961), 55. A tribute to Frederick Ashton.

'At Last Congress Listens' (with others). Dance Magazine  36:2 (February 1962), 34-35.

'Balanchine Talks to Russia about His Artistic Credo.' Dance News  41:4 (December 1962), 5. Excerpted from The Soviet Artist (Moscow), October 1962.

Now Everybody Wants to Get Into the Act.' Life  58 (11 June 1965), 94A-98, 100, 102.

'From Ballet into Movie: Balanchine Tells How.' World Journal Tribune  (New York), 16 April 1967.

'La Mauvaise Musique inspire...' and 'La Musique de Stravinsky et la danse.' House program, Paris Opéra, 7 April 1978 et seq.

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