SOURCE NOTES cite rare published and archival information--and especially
information obtained from individuals--that clarifies or corrects programs
or constructs records for works for which programs do not exist or have not
been located. Programs and well-known or easily accessible publications
are not given in SOURCE NOTES, as they should be understood to have been
the starting point for all of the research.
The Catalogue is augmented by additional sections relating to Balanchine’s
choreographic output. The schematic Chronology of Life and Works is designed
to provide the user with an overview and context of works year by year, giving
the names of composers as well as the geographical location and Balanchine’s
company associations, and noting important events related to the progress of
his undertakings. Headings, organized chronologically, reflect his principal
locations, associations, and milieu: 1920-1924, Russia; 1925-1929, Europe
with Diaghilev; 1930-1933, Europe after Diaghilev; 1934-1945, the United
States and early companies; 1946-1948, Ballet Society; 1948-1964, New York
City Ballet--City Center; 1964-1982, New York City Ballet--New York State Theater.
Itineraries Undertaken by Balanchine’s American Companies During his Lifetime
lists seasons and tours in the United States and abroad by his American companies
from 1934 to 1983. While his first travels after leaving the Soviet Union, and
then with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and after, are partially indicated in the
Chronology, these earlier and less well known periods of his career remain open
to further study.
Festivals Directed by Balanchine lists the works of each performance
(including works by choreographers other than Balanchine) for five principal
festivals conceived by him and produced under his direction: the Stravinsky
Festival, 1937; the Stravinsky Festival, 1972; the Ravel Festival, 1976; the
Tschaikovsky Festival, 1981; and the Stravinsky Centennial Celebration, 1982.
Research Resources is an annotated list of the principal repositories
holding Balanchine material in various parts of the world. Virtually all of
these institutions have Web sites, providing the scholar and the general public
with broad access to Balanchine collections.
Roles Performed by Balanchine is a preliminary listing of roles he
danced from his student days until his death. This aspect of his professional
life has yet to be comprehensively researched.
The annotated Bibliography includes all writings known to have been published
by Balanchine, arranged chronologically, and a selection of books relating
to him, arranged alphabetically. For the general reader, the following titles
can be described as principal reference works: Balanchine’s Complete Stories
of the Great Ballets (with Francis Mason; Doubleday, 1977; several subsequent
editions); The New York City Ballet, by Anatole Chujoy (Knopf, 1953); George
Balanchine: The Ballet Maker, by Robert Gottlieb (HarperCollins, 2004); Thirty
Years: Lincoln Kirstein’s The New York City Ballet (Knopf, 1978); I Remember
Balanchine, complied by Francis Mason (Doubleday, 1991); Repertory in Review:
Forty Years of the New York City Ballet, by Nancy Reynolds (Dial, 1977); and
Balanchine: A Biography, by Bernard Taper (Macmillan, 1974; with new epilogue,
University of California Press, 1996).
The Videography lists tapes and DVDs available commercially, with their
distributors and dates of first issue. Since the original publication of the
catalogue in 1983, the growth of Balanchine’s videography--albeit still small
in comparison with his enormous output--together with the proliferation of entries
in the Bibliography, Television, and Stagings sections, attests
the continuing relevance of the Balanchine repertory.
(adapted from the 1983 Introduction by Leslie George Katz, Nancy Lassalle, and Harvey Simmonds)