In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir

In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir

by Barbara Fisher
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In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir by Barbara Fisher

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.

Ebook Edition Note: All illustrations have been redacted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819574473
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 1,069,657
File size: 3 MB

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.

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In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 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.
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
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