In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir

In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir

by Barbara Fisher

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Overview

During her twelve years with Ballet Society and the New York City Ballet, Barbara Milberg worked under the direction of George Balanchine. She rose from corps de ballet to soloist, danced leading roles in Swan Lake and Illuminations, and performed in celebrated world premieres. In this observant and poignant memoir, she shares her recollections of Balanchine, his craft and his values, and lends insight into surprising aspects of his personality. Fisher gives readers a rare glimpse inside Balanchine’s artistry, including vivid accounts of the makings of such important ballets as Schoenberg’s Opus 34, AGON, and the world-famous Nutcracker. Told through the eyes of a young dancer in what seemed a truly magical place and time, In Balanchine’s Company is ideal for ballet fans young and old. Rich in anecdote, insight, and humor, it offers a unique perspective on one of the twentieth century’s cultural giants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819568076
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 10/03/2006
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

BARBARA MILBERG FISHER performed with Ballet Society and the New York City Ballet from 1946 to 1958, and then joined Jerome Robbins' newly formed Ballets: USA as one of its principal dancers. She is professor emeritus of English at the City College of New York, and remains addicted to baroque music and murder mysteries.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Arlene Croce
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Balanchine’s Company
Schools
Introducing Stravinsky
Politics
An Unexpected Turn
A Prodigal Fall
On Tour, 1952: Catalonian Extremes
On Tour, 1952: A View from the Wings
On Tour, 1952: Vespa Riders
The Russian Easter Bribe
Opus 34 and the Loopies
Mr. B Gets Mad
Of Rats and Mice and Candy-Canes
Mostly Mo - tz - art
A Pep Talk
Nightmare in Copenhagen
A Class of One’s Own
Agon: Point Counterpoint
Epilogue: Our revels now are ended
Notes
Index

What People are Saying About This

Francia Russell

“I am in awe–speechless, moved to tears, and utterly incapable of finding words for all my feelings about (this) book. Every word was a pleasure to read. … It is unfathomable to me how effortlessly (Fisher) combines important historical documents with (her) own graceful and often funny personal story. … (The author) wears (her) terrifying erudition like a gossamer cape. (This) book is in a class all its own; there is no other written by a Balanchine dancer or colleague that approaches it.”

From the Publisher

"Clear and vivid, this book covers Balanchine's process, his special talent as a teacher, the unique community that characterized the early New York City Ballet, and the cultural forces that shaped the dance world in the 1950s. It is a joy to read."—Ellen Graff, director of programs at Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance

"I am in awe–speechless, moved to tears, and utterly incapable of finding words for all my feelings about (this) book. Every word was a pleasure to read. It is unfathomable to me how effortlessly (Fisher) combines important historical documents with (her) own graceful and often funny personal story. (The author) wears (her) terrifying erudition like a gossamer cape. (This) book is in a class all its own; there is no other written by a Balanchine dancer or colleague that approaches it."—Francia Russell, retired Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director & Director of School

"I stayed up all night and read In Balanchine's Company from cover to cover. As a dancer who lived through those years, I can say that Barbara Fisher's recollections, insight and writing style are impressive."—Arthur Mitchell, Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Former Principal Dancer, NYCB; and Kennedy Center Honoree

Ellen Graff

“Clear and vivid, this book covers Balanchine’s process, his special talent as a teacher, the unique community that characterized the early New York City Ballet, and the cultural forces that shaped the dance world in the 1950s. It is a joy to read.”

Arthur Mitchell

“I stayed up all night and read In Balanchine's Company from cover to cover. As a dancer who lived through those years, I can say that Barbara Fisher's recollections, insight and writing style are impressive.”

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In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book! Anyone who buys it on the Nook should beware that the digital version DOESN'T INCLUDE ANY PICTURES! Somehow Barnes and Noble isn't making that information easy to find.
jenn976 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After all these years, I've finally gotten around to appreciating Ballanchine's work. The author, former ballerina for his company, writes a very interesting book about the ABT in the early years when she was a dancer. There are good stories about the other dancers and, of course, on Ballanchine himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Intended or not I was on my way to becoming a dancer. I was going to perform in cities all over Europe and across America. I was going to perform before crowned heads, and be part of the first group of Americans dancers ever to perform in the White House. I was going to become a soloist in Balanchine¿s company. I was going to see the world.¿ This, the true story of an unforgettable life and remarkable life for a young and inexperienced but naturally skilled dancer, Barbra Milberg. Barbara Milberg lived on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Dorchester Road in Brooklyn, NY, and first started dancing at the ¿Miss Selma¿s School of Dance¿. Once the school closed down, Miss Selma recommended Barbara to the elite School of American Ballet in Manhattan. Barbara Milberg was a very fast learner, and she had to be because of all the tours and the new ballets the Mr. Balanchine (Mr. B) would masterfully create. Barbara Milberg was very busy traveling around the world on tours that she would be involved in, and then would come right back and perform more and more productions, in NYC. Some of the ballets that she was involved in are the Nutcracker, firebird, Agon, Opus, and many more. Therefore, if you¿re interested in ballet and would want to learn more about the history of ballet, then this is a perfect read for you
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it