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Serenade : a Balanchine story

By: Bentley, Toni.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2022Edition: First edition.Description: 283 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780593316399; 0593316398.Subject(s): Bentley, Toni | Balanchine, George | New York City Ballet | Serenade (Choreographic work : Balanchine) | Ballerinas -- Bolshevik -- Russia -- Biography | Ballerinas -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography | Choreographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Serenade
Contents:
Audience -- Initiation -- Mr. B -- Sixteen -- Turnout -- Pointe -- The great run -- John's geometry -- Stonehenge -- Waltz -- Little Georgi -- The American -- The Composer -- Transitions -- Legacy -- Hopping -- Anarchists: Wilis, Virgins, Sylphs -- After the fall -- Maria's arabesque -- Vetruvian man -- Charlie's Angels -- Destiny.
Summary: "A ballerina tells the story of George Balanchine's iconic masterpiece, Serenade, and what it is like to be one the young women who danced it, lived it, during his lifetime. At age seventeen, Toni Bentley was chosen by Balanchine, then in his final years, to join the New York City Ballet. From backstage and onstage, she carries us through both the serendipitous history and physical intricacies and demands of Serenade-its dazzling opening, with seventeen women in a double-diamond pattern; its radical, even jazzy, use of the highly refined language that is ballet; its place in the choreographer's own dramatic story of emigration to the U.S. from Bolshevik Russia; its profound influence on the art form internationally. Bentley takes us inside the rarefied, intense and thrilling world Balanchine created through his lifelong devotion to celebrating and expanding female beauty and strength-a world that, inevitably, passed upon his death. An intimate elegy to grace and loss and the imprint of a towering artist and his transcendent creation on her life, Serenade: A Balanchine Story is a rich narrative by a woman artist about the nature of art itself at its most fleeting, dynamic, and glorious"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Audience -- Initiation -- Mr. B -- Sixteen -- Turnout -- Pointe -- The great run -- John's geometry -- Stonehenge -- Waltz -- Little Georgi -- The American -- The Composer -- Transitions -- Legacy -- Hopping -- Anarchists: Wilis, Virgins, Sylphs -- After the fall -- Maria's arabesque -- Vetruvian man -- Charlie's Angels -- Destiny.

"A ballerina tells the story of George Balanchine's iconic masterpiece, Serenade, and what it is like to be one the young women who danced it, lived it, during his lifetime. At age seventeen, Toni Bentley was chosen by Balanchine, then in his final years, to join the New York City Ballet. From backstage and onstage, she carries us through both the serendipitous history and physical intricacies and demands of Serenade-its dazzling opening, with seventeen women in a double-diamond pattern; its radical, even jazzy, use of the highly refined language that is ballet; its place in the choreographer's own dramatic story of emigration to the U.S. from Bolshevik Russia; its profound influence on the art form internationally. Bentley takes us inside the rarefied, intense and thrilling world Balanchine created through his lifelong devotion to celebrating and expanding female beauty and strength-a world that, inevitably, passed upon his death. An intimate elegy to grace and loss and the imprint of a towering artist and his transcendent creation on her life, Serenade: A Balanchine Story is a rich narrative by a woman artist about the nature of art itself at its most fleeting, dynamic, and glorious"-- Provided by publisher.

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