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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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Compiled by Monica Moseley

This guide concentrates primarily on George Balanchine's work for the ballet stage. See notes about Balanchine's work for Broadway and films at the end of the list. Major international centers for dance research are given below. They contain published and/or video sources about Balanchine's career, even though not all have archival sources about him. Every large library in the United States contains published works about Balanchine as well as published criticism describing his ballets. The American libraries listed here are those containing significant collections of original materials relating to Balanchine.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library
Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study
333 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Reference collection for film studies, especially American, including production photographs. Those relating to Balanchine's work in Hollywood are reproduced in the Popular Balanchine dossiers. See notes on the Popular Balanchine Project at the end of this guide.

Archives de la ville de Genève
Geneva City Archives
Palais Eynard
4, rue de la Crois-Rouge
CH-1211 Geneva 3, Switzerland

Papers and photographs of the ballet company of the Grand-Théâtre, of which Balanchine was artistic advisor in the late 1960s and most of the 1970s.

Backstage: A Performing Arts Gateway for the U.K.

The title says it well: an online guide to institutions in the U.K. and an integrated catalogue search capacity.

Bakhrushin Theater Museum. See Gosudarstvenny Tsentralny Teatralny Muzei im. Bakhrushina

The Benesh Institute
36 Battersea Square
London SW11 3RA, United Kingdom

Benesh notation scores of 20 Balanchine works are available on-site in the library, with referrals to the libraries of dance companies that own 37 additional scores.

Beverly Hills Public Library
444 North Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This is one of the first public libraries in America that began to collect dance in depth. General dance literature is supplemented by the archival Dorathi Bock Pierre Collection.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Bibliothèque de l'Opéra de Paris
Place Charles Garnier
FR-75009 Paris, France


Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal
Département des Arts du Spectacle
1, Rue du Sully
FR-75004 Paris, France


Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Quai François-Mauriac
FR-75706 Paris Cedex 13

The Bibliothèque de l'Opéra has archives of the Paris Opera Ballet, including Balanchine's repertory in the company, and the Boris Kochno Collection documenting his years in the Diaghilev Ballets Russes. The Mitterrand building contains the newspaper archives and periodicals for reviews. The Arsenal building has the Rondel collection, covering the years up to the mid-1930s, and other more recent performing arts sources.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Maison Jean Vilar
8, Rue du Mons
FR-84000 Avignon, France

This branch of the National Library in Avignon has general collections on the performing arts and archival collections about performances at the Avignon Festival.

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
4/5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE, United Kingdom

Archive of Les Ballets 1933, the company headed by Balanchine during its brief existence.

British Film Institute
21 Stephen Street
London W1P 1PL, United Kingdom

BFI owns the only known print of Dark Red Roses, one of the first talking films made in Britain, which contains a dance sequence choreographed by George Balanchine in which he also appears as a performer.

British Library Newspapers
Colindale Avenue
London NW9 5HE, United Kingdom

This section of The British Library provides access to newspaper reports and reviews, including those of New York City Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival and in London.

Butler Ballet Collection of Ballet Russe Scenery and Costumes
Butler University
Jordan College of Fine Arts
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Painted scenery designed by Eugene Berman for Balanchine's Bourgeois Gentilhomme and by Alexandre Benois for Raymonda, which was staged for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo by Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova.

Centre National de la Danse
1, Rue Victor Hugo
FR-93507 Pantin Cédex (Paris), France

A newly expanding resource center for dance which includes library facilities and mediathèque.

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Costume drawings by Eugene Berman for Balanchine's Danses Concertantes and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

La Cinémathèque de la Danse
La Cinémathèque Française
51, Rue de Bercy
FR-75012 Paris, France

Under the umbrella of La Cinémathèque Française, the Cinémathèque de la Danse is organized primarily to present frequent public screenings of dance films but also tries to accommodate individual researchers.

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