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NYCB Vol. 4 No. 8 - Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Tonight we'll see Stravinsky Violin Concerto on stage. One of the two principal women on whom this ballet was choreographed, Karin Von Aroldingen, spoke of the acrobatic elements in this ballet:


"When I was little I was more on my hands than on my feet. On the street I did cartwheels. When Balanchine made Violin Concerto for me he asked me if I could do a bridge, and I did one. And then he said, "Where do you fall from there?" So I twisted myself out of this very strange bridge which I remember doing as a child. It was easy for me, and he liked it and put it in a ballet. He does that a lot when he choreographs. It's like a suit being tailored to you."

--Balanchine's Ballerinas by Robert Tracy (affiliate link)



(top left) Karin Von Aroldingen and Jean-Pierre Bonnefous. Photo by Martha Swope, 1972.

(top right) Karin Von Aroldingen and Bart Cook. Photo by Martha Swope, 1980.

(bottom left) Karin Von Aroldingen and Jean-Pierre Bonnefous. Photo by Martha Swope, 1973.

(bottom right) Balanchine rehearsing Violin Concerto with Karin. Photo by Martha Sope, 1971.



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