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Balanchine and the Lost MuseRevolution and the Making of a Choreographer$
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Elizabeth Kendall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959341.001.0001

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The Young Ballet

The Young Ballet

(p.173) Nine The Young Ballet
Balanchine and the Lost Muse

Elizabeth Kendall

Oxford University Press

This chapter first describes Fyodor Lopukhov's ballet, TanzSymphonia, which can be viewed as the most radical dance experiment in the early NEP, maybe in the whole decade of the 1920s. Georges was a willing participant in this ballet experiment set to Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, which would later influence his work. The discussions then turn to the emergence of NEP-style cabarets all over the city; Georges' marriage to paramour and dancing partner Tamara Geva on October 24, 1922; and the establishment of the small dance group, the Molodoi Balet or Young Ballet by Georges and his friends. The Young Ballet began as a kollektiv in the pure revolutionary sense. Dancers picked their own numbers for its opening concert. The concert's second act, consisting of Georges' group ballet to Chopin's Marche Funèbre, that would mark his breakthrough as ballet master.

Keywords:   Fyodor Lopukhov, ballet, TanzSymphonia, NEP, cabarets, George Balanchine, Tamara Geva, Molodoi Balet

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