Dance Appreciation Essay

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Veiga Dance Appreciation 10/5/2011 Chapter 5 question #2 George Balanchine moved to the United States in 1933. Here, he began the study of piano and musical theory which later turned into being able to interpret music into dance. His first debut in dancing was The Sleeping Beauty; He was the instructor of this dance and his role in the dance was cupid. Later, at the age of 17, he became a member of the corps de ballet; the one and only work that Balanchine staged for them was titled: Enigmas. Later on in his life, Balanchine suffered a severe knee injury which provoked to become a full-time dance choreographer. Balanchine eventually returned to Paris where he produced his own company of dancers and named it the American Ballet. Within the same year, The American Ballet was offered to become the resident dancer for the Metropolitan Opera, with Balanchine as the ballet master. Unfortunately, the funds weren’t up to par and instead Balanchine was only capable of creating two works “Orfeo and Eurydice" and Apollo. From the time until his death, Balanchine remained the artistic director of the New York Ballet, choreographing the majority of the productions. The major productions include: Firebird (1949); Bouree Fantasque (1949); La Valse (1951); The Nutcracker (his first full-length work for the Company), Ivesiana and Western Symphony, (1954); Allegro Brillante (1956); Agon (1957); The Seven Deadly Sins (a revival of the original Les Ballets 1933 production) and Stars and Stripes, (1958); Episodes (1959); Monumentum Pro Gesualdo and Liebeslieder Walzer (1960); A Midsummer Night's Dream (1962); Movements for Piano and Orchestra and Bugaku, (1963); Don Quixote (in three acts) and Harlequinade (in two acts), (1965); Jewels – his first and only full-length plotless ballet – (1967); and Who Cares?, (1970) (New

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