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City Ballet The Podcast

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Welcome to City Ballet The Podcast, an exploration of New York City Ballet where we'll journey through our history, delve into our new and existing repertory, and reveal insider tidbits.Each season of City Ballet The Podcast features episodes that span three topics: New Combinations hosted by Associ… read more


Episode 2.1: Hear the Dance: A History of New York City Ballet (Part 1)

How did New York City Ballet come to be? Join Corps de Ballet Member Silas Farley as he goes deep into the history of Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine’s groundbreaking company. (30:30)

All music performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Ballets discussed in this episode:

Sleeping Beauty
Concerto Barocco
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony in C


Quotations from the writings of Lincoln Kirstein are © 2019 by the New York Public Library (Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations).


Reference Books for the Entire Season

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century by Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick

Reference Books for Hear the Dance: A History of New York City Ballet, Parts 1 & 2

Thirty Years: New York City Ballet by Lincoln Kirstein

By With To & From: A Lincoln Kirstein Reader Edited by Nicholas Jenkins

Repertory in Review: Forty Years of The New York City Ballet by Nancy Reynolds

Dance for a City: Fifty Years of The New York City Ballet Edited by Lynn Garafola with Eric Foner

Balanchine and Kirstein’s American Enterprise by James Steichen

Balanchine: A Biography by Bernard Taper

Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins by Amanda Vaill

Far From Denmark by Peter Martins

In Balanchine’s Company: A Dancer’s Memoir by Barbara Milberg Fisher

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