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NYCB Vol. 4 No. 13 - Apollo

Updated: Apr 4

Balanchine choreographed Apollo in 1928 when he was just 25 years old. In 1951, he revived it and cast André Eglevsky (aged 34) as Apollo.

P.W. Manchester wrote in a review "[Eglevsky's] build inevitably makes him a Hercules rather than an Apollo. Apollo was created for a nineteen-year-old Lifar in the full glow of his adolescent beauty, and until such another can be found, the part will never be fully realized." (affiliate link)

As we know, just such a dancer came along in the form of Jacques d'Amboise (aged 23) who became the definitive Apollo in 1957.

Maria Tallchief as Terpsichore, Tanaquil LeClercq as Polyhymnia, and Diana Adams as Calliope.

Andre Eglevsky as Apollo.

Fred Fehl, 1950.

Harry Ransom Center


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