Dancers are instruments..

Quote from Balanchine and image of Crystal Pite's Tempest Replica

Quote from Balanchine and image of Kidd Pivot’s The Tempest Replica

This week’s inspirational dance quote, from George Balanchine, is; ‘Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays’.


After watching Balanchine stage a new version of Ballets Russes Le Chant de Rossingol, Diaghilev made Balanchine Ballet Master. This was a fortuitous appointment for Balanchine; a knee injury soon limited his dancing and engendered an increase in his commitment to becoming a full time choreographer. Balanchine stayed in this position with Ballets Russes until the company was dissolved as a result of Diaghilev’s death in 1929.


 I will be posting a dance photograph and dance quote and a little related history every Friday this year. If you would like your favourite quote included then please let me know.