A genius choreographer: George Balanchine

The Balanchine series of the Hungarian National Ballet, on stage from 24 October, takes the audience to the magical world of one of the greatest ballet masters, who introduced a new style in ballet. The Balanchine Evening, which premièred in 2009, will be performed in the Opera House on four occasions.


George Balanchine (1904–1983) staged hundreds of ballets during his long and productive life, worked for Hollywood and Broadway, and created choreographies even for elephants. The Russian-born American master’s greatest innovation was the symphonic ballet. His choreographies were inspired by the pieces of music themselves––he sought to translate the structure and the atmosphere of music into the language of dance. The choreographer was a great admirer of women, especially of ballet dancers. All his choreographies were centred around ballerinas, and he staged a number of ballets for his four wives, several loves and muses. Each of his productions has a crystal clear structure with a pure and elegant stage design. Movements include elements from classical ballet, but they are always enriched with new elements and ideas.

Debate continues as to whether there is a special Balanchine dance technique. It is certain though that Balanchine’s style requires a considerable flair for music and exceptional swiftness and gracefulness from the dancers. George Balanchine was one of the most prominent figures in the world of ballet. Dance was everything for him; he always looked ahead and strove for novelty. For the preface to the book The Classic Ballet of 1951 he attached the following quotation: “The only way to get to like ballet is going to the theatre frequently, and as frequently as possible.”

The Balanchine-evening, a Balanchine Ballet®, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust™ and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and the Balanchine Technique® Service Standards established and provided by the Trust.