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Balanchine and the Lost Muse
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Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer

Elizabeth Kendall


This book is a dual biography of the early lives of two key figures in Russian ballet: famed choreographer George Balanchine and his close childhood friend and extraordinary ballerina Liidia (Lidochka) Ivanova. Tracing the lives and friendship of these two dancers from years just before the 1917 Russian Revolution to Balanchine's escape from Russia in 1924, this book sheds new light on a crucial flash point in the history of ballet. The book weaves a fascinating tale about this decisive period in the life of the man who would become the most influential choreographer in modern ballet. Abandone ... More

Keywords: Russian ballet, George Balanchine, Lidia Ivanova, Russian Revolution, St. Petersburg, dancer, Bolshevik

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199959341
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Kendall, author
The New School