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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Updated from the 1983 Catalogue by Susan Au et al.

Jordan, Stephanie (ed. and intro.), Fedor Lopukhov: Writings on Ballet and Music.  Translated by Dorinda Offord. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2002. Includes selections from The Ballet Master and his Art (also known as Paths of a Ballet Master) and Choreographic Revelations. Theoretical writings by a Russian choreographer who influenced Balanchine.

Joseph, Charles M. Stravinsky & Balanchine: A Journey of Invention.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.

        

Jowitt, Deborah. Dance Beat: Selected Views and Reviews, 1967-1976.  New York: Dekker, 1977. Includes reviews of New York City Ballet performances.

Jowitt, Deborah. Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance.  London/New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. A detailed, extensively researched biography of the great American-born choreographer, who spent many years with the New York City Ballet and whose life and work intersected with Balanchine's on many occasions.

Jowitt, Deborah. Time and the Dancing Image.  New York: William Morrow, 1988. The chapter 'Forward to Petipa' includes an analysis of Balanchine's choreography.

Kameneff, Vladimir. Russian Ballet through Russian Eyes.  London: Russian Books and Library, 1936. Includes brief comments on La Chatte, Cotillon, and La Concurrence, pp. 21-22, 31; description of the first scene of Apollon Musagète, p. 33.

Kanin, Garson. Hollywood.  New York: Viking, 1974. Includes reminiscences of Balanchine's meetings with Samuel Goldwyn during the filming of The Goldwyn Follies, pp. 108-13.

Kaye, Elizabeth. The American Ballet Theatre: A 25-Year Retrospective. Text by Elizabeth Kaye; foreword by Clive Barnes. Kansas City: Andrews McNeel Pub., 1999. Includes photographs and text on Balanchine ballets in the repertory.

        

Kendall, Elizabeth, Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Balanchine's early life in the Soviet Union placed in the larger political and cultural context of the times. Includes detailed new material about his family, his schooling, and his first choreography. The 'muse' is Lydia Ivanova, a promising dancer who drowned under mysterious circumstances just as she, Balanchine, and a few others were preparing to leave the country in 1924.

Kent, Allegra. Once a Dancer . . . .  New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997. Autobiography of a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet.

Kirkland, Gelsey. Dancing On My Grave.  Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1986. Includes an account of the author's training at the School of American Ballet and her years with the New York City Ballet.

        

Kirstein, Lincoln. Ballet: Bias & Belief: 'Three Pamphlets Collected' and Other Dance Writings of Lincoln Kirstein.  With Introduction and Comments by Nancy Reynolds. Brooklyn, New York: Dance Horizons, 1983. A selection of Kirstein's writings from 1930 to 1978, with Postscript (1982).

Kirstein, Lincoln. Blast at Ballet: A Corrective for the American Audience. New York: Lincoln Kirstein, 1938. Reprinted in Three Pamphlets Collected, Brooklyn, New York: Dance Horizons, 1967. Includes information on Balanchine's early years in America and the activities of the American Ballet, including its association with the Metropolitan Opera.

Kirstein, Lincoln. By With To & From: A Lincoln Kirstein Reader.  Edited by Nicholas Jenkins. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991. In this collection of essays, the section headed 'Dance' contains discussions of Balanchine.

Kirstein, Lincoln. Dance: A Short History of Classic Theatrical Dancing.  New York: Putnam, 1935. Reprinted, Brooklyn, New York: Dance Horizons, 1969. Anniversary edition, Princeton: Dance Horizons/Princeton Book Company, 1987. With an appreciation by Nancy Reynolds. Discusses Balanchine's early life in Russia, his years with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, his work for the Royal Danish Ballet and de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, Les Ballets 1933, and his early work in America, pp. 309-11, 314-24.

Kirstein, Lincoln. Flesh Is Heir: An Historical Romance.  New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932. Reprinted, Carbondale and Edwardsville, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1975. The chapter 'Flesh Was Fair: 1929' includes a description of Le Fils Prodigue, pp. 197-99.

Kirstein, Lincoln. 'For John Martin: Entries from an Early Diary.'  Dance Perspectives 54 (1973). Describes Balanchine during the Paris and London seasons of Les Ballets 1933 and the discussions leading to his coming to America.

Kirstein, Lincoln. Lincoln Kirstein: A First Bibliography.  Compiled by Harvey Simmonds, Louis H. Silverstein, and Nancy Lassalle. New Haven: Yale University Library, 1978/New York: Eakins. Complete listing of Kirstein's writings up to 1978 includes many about Balanchine.

Kirstein, Lincoln. Mosaic: Memoirs.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994. Includes his reminiscences of his first contacts with Balanchine in 1933.

Kirstein, Lincoln. Movement and Metaphor: Four Centuries of Ballet.  New York: Praeger, 1970. Reprinted as Four Centuries of Ballet: Fifty Masterworks, New York: Dover, 1984. Includes chapters on Apollon Musagète, Orpheus, and Agon.

Kirstein, Lincoln. The New York City Ballet.  With photographs by George Platt Lynes and Martha Swope. New York: Knopf, 1973. A history drawn from Kirstein's diaries, lavishly illustrated. Rev. ed., expanded to include years 1973-1978, issued without photos as Thirty Years: Lincoln Kirstein's The New York City Ballet. New York : Knopf, 1978.

Kirstein, Lincoln. Portrait of Mr. B: Photographs of George Balanchine.  With additional material by Peter Martins, Edwin Denby, and Jonathan Cott. A Ballet Society Book. New York: Viking, 1984.

        

Kirstein, Lincoln. Program Notes. Edited by Randall Bourscheidt. New York: Eakins Press Foundation/Alliance for the Arts, 2009. Essays and program notes, 1934-1991, including many on Balanchine Ballets.

        

Kirstein, Lincoln. Thirty Years: Lincoln Kirstein's New York City Ballet.  New York: Knopf, 1978. Text of the 1973 publication (without photographs) expanded to cover the period through 1978.

Kirstein, Lincoln. Union Jack: The New York City Ballet.  New York: Eakins, 1977.

        

Kochno, Boris. Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.  New York: Harper & Row, 1970. (Diaghilev et les Ballets Russes. Paris: Fayard, 1973.) Includes discussions of Balanchine's work for the company.

        

Kochno, Boris and Luz, Maria. Le Ballet.  Paris: Hachette, 1954. Discusses Balanchine's ballets for Diaghilev, pp. 265-81; for de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, pp. 293-98; for Les Ballets 1933, pp. 300-301; and for the Paris Opéra in 1947, pp. 338-39.

        

Koegler, Horst. Balanchine und das moderne Ballett.  Velbe bei Hannover: Friedrich, 1964.

        

Koegler, Horst. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet. 2d edition, with corrections. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. 5,000 entries covering all aspects of ballet.

Kragh-Jacobsen, Svend. Ballettens Blomstring ude og hjemme (The Flowering of the Ballet at Home and Abroad).  Copenhagen: R. Naver, 1945. Includes section on Balanchine.

        

Kristy, Davida. George Balanchine: American Ballet Master.  Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., 1996. Biography for young-adult readers.

Krokover, Rosalyn. The New Borzoi Book of Ballets.  New York: Knopf, 1956. Includes descriptions of many Balanchine ballets.

La Fosse, Robert. Nothing to Hide: A Dancer's Life.  By Robert La Fosse with Andrew Mark Wentink. New York: D. I. Fine, 1987. Includes chapters on his experiences as a member of New York City Ballet.

Lawrence, Greg. Dance with Demons: The Life of Jerome Robbins.  New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2001. Includes discussions of his work as dancer, artistic director, and ballet master with New York City Ballet.

Lawrence, Robert. The Victor Book of Ballets and Ballet Music.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1950. Includes descriptions of many Balanchine ballets.

        

Lawson, Joan. A History of Ballet and Its Makers.  London: Pitman, 1964. Includes sections 'George Balanchine and the Neo-classical Ballet' (covering his work for Diaghilev) and 'George Balanchine and the Neo-classical Ballet in America.'

        

Lee, Carol. Ballet in Western Culture: A History of Its Origins and Evolution.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999. Includes a section on George Balanchine and Neoclassicism.

Leonard, Maurice. Markova: The Legend.  London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1995. Includes discussions of Alicia Markova's creations in ballets made by Balanchine for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, among them Le Chant du Rossignol and La Chatte.

        

Levinson, André. La Danse d'aujourdhui: Études— Notes—Portraits.  Paris: Éditions Ducharte et Van Buggenhoudt, 1929. Discusses Balanchine's work for Diaghilev in the chapter 'Grandeur et décadence des Ballets Russes'; Le Chant du Rossignol and Apollon Musagète are also discussed in the chapter 'Stravinsky et la danse théâtrale.'

Levinson, André. Les Visages de la danse.  Paris: Éditions Bernard Grasset, 1933. Includes chapters 'Derniers ballets de Diaghilew'; 'Les Ballets Nemtchinova (1928 1930),' 'Aubade,' pp. 62-63; 'Georges Balanchine à Mogador: Offenbach et Les Ballets Russes d'Orphée aux Enfers'; Les Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo (Ire saison 1932) (Cotillon, La Concurrence, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, pp. 70-76); 'Les Ballets 1933 de Georges Balanchine.'

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