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Article on Balanchine Centenary from The Guardian.

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On January 22 1904, Marius Petipa wrote despairingly in his diary that all his work had been "reduced to ashes". The once deified ballet master was 85 years old and feeling bitterly sidelined from the art form he had masterminded in St Petersburg. On that same day, Georgi Balanchivadze was born; three decades later, calling himself George Balanchine and living on the other side of the globe, he would remake Petipa's classical vision for the 20th century.
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The man who put the rush in Russian
This year the world celebrates the centenary of George Balanchine, the choreogrpher who brought classical ballet into the 20th century. By Debra Craine for The Times:


GEORGE BALANCHINE liked to think of himself as the first Russian defector. In 1924 — some 37 years before Rudolf Nureyev’s famous leap to freedom — a young Balanchine convinced the Soviet authorities to let him take a small troupe of dancers on a brief European tour.

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Balanchine 100
By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian

George Balanchine was not only one of the world's most inventive choreographers he was one of the most prolific, with a catalogue running to hundreds of works. Given that choice, it's disappointing that the Royal hasn't been more adventurous in its current centenary tribute.
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Stars dim the lustre. By Zoe Anderson for The Independent

It's worth struggling through the snow for the Royal Ballet's celebration of choreographer George Balanchine's centenary: it is a triple bill of masterpieces. Prodigal Son was made in 1929 for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes; Agon for Balanchine's own New York City Ballet in 1957 and Symphony in C, the perfect closing ballet, for the Paris Opéra in 1947.

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Balanchine 100
By Debra Craine for The Times


WE HAVE the birth of George Balanchine — 100 years ago this month — to thank for the Royal Ballet’s latest triple bill. It’s unlikely we would be seeing three of his ballets on a single night at Covent Garden were it not for the centenary, and this showcase is long overdue.

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Stars shine for a genius
Ismene Brown for The Daily Telegraph reviews the Royal Ballet's Balanchine Tribute at Covent Garden.

Colossal and fascinating, the genius of George Balanchine is hailed worldwide, and worldwide are the celebrations of his centenary this year. But Britain always had an intriguingly sidelong relationship with the 20th century's greatest ballet choreographer.

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Balanchine triple bill
By Clement Crisp for The Financial Times


It was good to hear the cheers and sense the enthusiasm that greeted the Royal Ballet's Balanchine tribute on Wednesday evening.Agon, Prodigal Son and Symphony in C were given alert performance in Patricia Neary's revivals - how different from the sometimes pallid reception that greeted Balanchine's ballets when they came to Covent Garden in 1950.

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A Royal Ballet triple bill pays homage to George Balanchine and a century of breathtaking creation. By Jann Parry for The Observer

Ballet companies around the world are saluting George Balanchine on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Since his prolific output spanned much of the last century, there's plenty to choose from. Only the biggest classical companies, though, can muster the 48 dancers (plus reserves) needed for Symphony in C, his showcase Bizet ballet from 1947.

Symphony in C, given by his New York City Ballet the night he died (30 April 1983), triumphantly concludes the Royal Ballet's current tribute.

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Review from The Independent.

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By the end of 2004 every dance lover in the land ought to be better acquainted with the work of George Balanchine, prolific choreographer, modernist, educator, and founder of American ballet. Given time, even Radio 3 presenters might learn to pronounce his name properly (to rhyme with "sheen" not "shine" as I heard one night last week). He was born 100 years ago, died 20 years ago, and his vast body of work - some 440 ballets made in the course of half a century - remains unrivalled in its stylistic range and distinctiveness. The man they called Mr B must also hold some kind of record for the sheer number of his ballets dubbed "masterpiece". The word has attached to so many of them that it ceases to mean very much.

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Balanchine 100 – A Celebration
By John Percival for The Stage

How to commemorate the centenary of the 20th century's great choreographic innovator George Balanchine? His own New York City Ballet is spending 200 performances and more than a year celebrating his memory.

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Balanchine triple
By Jann Parry for The Observer

Balanchine knew better than to abandon classical ballet steps when he created his quintessentially modern Agon, a dance contest to the music of Stravinsky. Wednesday's Royal Ballet cast paired Zenaida Yanowsky with Carlos Acosta in the central pas de deux, a match of equals. Their coupling is fiercely erotic, pitting their wits and bodies against each other. The technical skill and restraint involved make it all the more disturbing.

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Three steps to heaven
The Royal Ballet’s triple tribute to Balanchine sends David Dougill home with a rosy glow in The Sunday Times.


The Royal Ballet’s contribution to the inter- national celebrations marking the centenary of the birth of George Balanchine — who bestrode 20th-century ballet like a colossus, unrivalled in his prolific and prodigious genius — is the current triple bill of Agon, Prodigal Son and Symphony in C.

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