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NYCB Vol. 3 No. 6 - Serenade

Updated: Apr 4

Two Serenade moments to share with you today. Descriptions come from Toni Bentley's book Serenade: A Balanchine Story

Susan Hendl, Kay Mazzo, Karin von Arnoldingen, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. Photos by Martha Swope, 1970

“Are these the three Muses of Apollo, taking over—or making cameos in—the Serenade? The Olympian Graves summoned by Tschaikovsky? A romantic triad? Balanchine never spoke of, much less explained, the suggestive dynamics he created here”

“The evident emotional scenario here has been subject to more analysis over the decades than any other single section of Serenade ... And even [Mr. B], speaking in 1960 after a performance of Serenade, told a friend: “It’s like fate. Each man going through the world with his destiny on his back [the Dark Angel]. He sees a woman [the Waltz Girl] —he cares for her—but his destiny has other plans.”


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