Jim Steichen - "Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise"

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Jim Steichen

"...the writing style is welcoming and the research is excellent. Summing up: Highly Recommended"CHOICE

"Well-written and deeply researched, Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise challenges at almost every turn received wisdom about Balanchine's first decade in the United States and the nature of his relationship with Lincoln Kirstein."Lynn Garafola, Professor Emerita of Dance, Barnard College

Jim Steichen discusses Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the Book: In 1933 choreographer George Balanchine and impresario Lincoln Kirstein embarked on an elusive quest to found a ballet company and school in the United States. Though their efforts would eventually result in the creation of the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, the first decade of their collaborative efforts was anything but assured. Tracing the tangled histories of two of the most important figures in twentieth-century dance, Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise offers a fresh perspective on a pivotal period in cultural history. Deeply researched using sources only made available in recent years, the book challenges the mythologies surrounding the early years of the Balanchine-Kirstein enterprise. It also reveals the full extent of Kirstein's essential role and offers reconstructive analysis of lost works, as well as new and surprising details regarding some of Balanchine's most iconic ballets, including Serenade, Apollo, and Concerto Barocco. Capturing the full sweep of Balanchine and Kirstein's collaborative work across multiple genres and institutions, this book reveals their partnership in all of its exciting and ungainly complexity, showing how the 1930s Balanchine was not the artist that he would eventually become, and how the same was true of the institutions that he and Kirstein jointly created.

About the Author: James Steichen grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended the University of Virginia and University of Chicago before completing a PhD in musicology from Princeton University. Prior to his doctoral studies he worked for five years in the development office at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and he currently serves as Director of Individual Gifts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637