Costas photograph of George Balanchine rehearsing two ballet dancers, circa late 1970s-early 1980s

Guide to Costas photograph of George Balanchine rehearsing two ballet dancers C0465


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Costas
Title Costas photograph of George Balanchine rehearsing two ballet dancers
Date circa late 1970s - early 1980s
Physical Characteristics .01 Linear Feet
Abstract Costas photograph of George Balanchine rehearsing two ballet dancers, taken by the dance photographer Costas, circa late 1970s or early 1980s.
Collection Number C0465
Language English

Biographical and Historical Note

George Balanchine is one of the greatest dancers, choreographers, and performing arts giants of the 20th century. Born in 1904 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Balanchine's career started in the Imperial School of Ballet in the renowned Mariinsky Theatre. In addition to ballet training, Balanchine also had professional musical training, which later informed his choreography abilities. In 1924 Balanchine was invited to join the Ballets Russes by another giant of the dance world, Sergei Diaghilev, and his career grew from there. In 1948 Balanchine made his greatest contribution to the dance world, the founding of the New York City Ballet. As Artistic Director of the company, Balanchine choreographed classic and new, interpretive ballets alike. His versions of traditional ballets, such as The Nutcracker, are now considered classics of their own.

Costas Cacaroukas - known by the mononym Costas - was a Greek-American dance photographer. He was the photographer in residence for the New York City Ballet for the majority of his career and was closely associated with George Balanchine. He was also the photographer in residence for American Ballet Theatre. In additon to the New York City Ballet, Costas photographed many other dance companies, both national and international.

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Scope and Content

Black and white matted photograph of George Balanchine rehearsing two ballet dancers, taken by the dance photographer Costas, circa late 1970s or early 1980s. In the photograph Balanchine demonstrates his choreography to a presumably female and male pair of ballet dancers. It is unknown which ballet they are rehearsing for. The photograph is signed on the matte by Costas and is stamped on the verso with the text "Choreographed by George Balanchine - Choreography [Registered] - The George Balanchine Trust[.]"

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Arrangement

This is a single item collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish the Costas photograph of George Balanchine rehearsing two ballet dancers must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center also holds the Costas photograph of Jerome Robbins rehearsing "Circus Polka" with young ballet dancers, as well as other materials pertaining to George Balanchine, the New York City Ballet, and ballet in general.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Balanchine, George

Subjects:

Ballet
Photography

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Costas photograph of George Balanchine rehearsing two ballet dancers, C0465, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Steve Gerber from Schubertiade Music on January 26, 2010.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Amanda Brent in February 2021. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in February 2021. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215

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Bibliography

The George Balanchine Foundation. "Biography," 2002. Accessed January 27, 2021. http://www.balanchine.org/01/bio.html.

New York City Ballet. "George Balanchine." Accessed January 27, 2021. https://www.nycballet.com/discover/our-history/george-balanchine/.

The New York Public Library Archives and Manuscripts Division. "Costas dance photographs 1966 - 2016." The New York Public Library, Accessed January 19, 2021. http://archives.nypl.org/dan/24253.

Walker, Katherine Sorley. "George Balanchine." Encylopaedia Britannica, January 18, 2021. Accessed January 27, 2021, http://www.balanchine.org/01/bio.html.

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