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NYCB Vol. 8 No. 15 - Who Cares?

Updated: Mar 30

Balanchine choreographed “Who Cares?” in 1970 to sixteen Gershwin tunes.


“The real hero of the piece is a simple, good-natured, fun-loving fellow portrayed by d’Amboise—an artist of exceptional charm who renders the varying moods of his personage to perfection. […] In this portrayal both the ballet master and the dancer restored to the dance its most important and precious attribute—inspiration.”—Yuri Slonimsky, 1972



(top left) Jacques d’Amboise & Karin Von Aroldingen. Photo by Fred Fehl, 1970. Harry Ransom Center.

(top right) Jacques d’Amboise & Patricia McBride. Photo by Fred Fehl, 1970. Harry Ransom Center.

(bottom left & right) Jacques d’Amboise & Marnee Morris. Photo by Fred Fehl, 1970. Harry Ransom Center


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“We started ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythm.’ He played it on the piano. Then he choreographed it so fast—and danced it so well, much better than I ever could. The middle section, especially, I could never do the way he did. There are intricacies in the variation from beginning to end. It’s a brilliant thing. I come out looking cute; then it goes into something else, where you’re another person. In the middle you’re slow and sexy. You should have seen Mr. B doing that! He was divine!”




(top row & bottom left) Jacques d’Amboise & Patricia McBride. Photo by Martha Swope, 1970.

(bottom right) Jacques d’Amboise & Patricia McBride. Photo by Martha Swope, 1976.



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