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Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine

Andrea Harris


George Balanchine’s arrival in the United States in 1933, it is widely thought, changed the course of ballet history by creating a bold and original neoclassical style that is celebrated as the first successful “American” manifestation of the art form. Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine intervenes in the prevailing historical narrative and rebalances Balanchine’s role in dance history by revealing the social, cultural, and political forces that actually shaped the Americanization of neoclassical ballet. Situating American ballet within a larger context of literary, ... More

Keywords: George Balanchine, Lincoln Kirstein, Edwin Denby, American ballet, modernism, neoclassical ballet, choreographic analysis, Eugene Loring, Agnes de Mille, Billy the Kid, Rodeo, Western Symphony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199342235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199342235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Harris, author
Assistant Professor of Dance, University of Wisconsin-Madison