Cloth $27.95 ISBN: 9781611688030 Published June 2016
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Wilde Times

Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine, and the Rise of New York City Ballet

Joel Lobenthal

Wilde Times

Joel Lobenthal

Distributed for University Press of New England

312 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $27.95 ISBN: 9781611688030 Published June 2016
E-book $24.99 ISBN: 9781611689433 Published June 2016
At eighty-seven, Patricia Wilde remains a grande dame of the ballet world. As a young star she toured America in the company of the Ballet Russe. In her heyday in the 1950s and ’60s, she was a first-generation member and principal dancer of New York City Ballet during the uniquely dramatic Balanchine era—the golden age of the company and its hugely gifted, influential, exploitative, and dictatorial director. In Wilde Times, Joel Lobenthal brings the world of Wilde and Balanchine, of Tanaquil Le Clercq, Diana Adams, Suzanne Farrell, Maria Tallchief, and many others thrillingly to life. With unfettered access to Wilde and her family, friends, and colleagues, Lobenthal takes the reader backstage to some of the greatest ballet triumphs of the modern era—and some of the greatest tragedies. Through it all Patricia Wilde emerges as a figure of towering strength, grace, and grit. Wilde Times is the first biography of this seminal figure in American dance, written with the cooperation of the star, but wide-ranging in its use of sources to tell the full and intertwining stories of the development of Wilde, of Balanchine, and of American national ballet at its peak in the twentieth century.
Contents
Introduction • Eileen Simpson • The Estate • Depression and World War • Leaving Ottawa • Big City and Barn • The Marquis • Schooling American Ballet • Mexico City, 1945 • Opening Night • On Tour • Balanchine’s Ballet Russe • No Safety Net • New Voices • Anniversary Season • Paris, 1949 • Royal Opera House • Putting New York City Ballet on the Map • East Side, West Side • Grand Tour, 1952 • In the Dressing Room • By the Seat of Her Tutu • The Poodle • Wedding Night • Expanding Horizons • Moving All Over • Le Clercq’s Last Dance • Zenith • The Far East • A Balanchine Swan • Raymonda Variations • The USSR • “You Can Always Come Back” • Children • American Ballet Theatre • Pittsburgh • Silver Sneaker • Acknowledgments • Notes • Bibliography • Index
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