Choreography by George Balanchine: A Catalogue of Works, an expanded
and updated electronic version of the book of the same name published in 1983, is an
online searchable database of all known dances created by Balanchine, giving details
of the first performance, major revisions, stagings, and visual records in a condensed
form. Other searchable content includes Roles that Balanchine performed and a
Chronology of his life and work, as well as a Bibliography, a
Filmography, a Videography, and a listing of major archival sources.
Research for the project, begun in 1977, involved
archival study in the United States and Europe as well as correspondence and interviews
with associates and dancers in many parts of the world. Until his final illness,
Balanchine’s own participation in the effort was invaluable.
Catalogue records are numbered in chronological order. These numbers are the primary
reference indicators of the database and, in addition to the Catalogue,
will be found in the Chronological Title List and in the alphabetical listing of
Titles by Category. After the TITLE, catalogue records are organized by
fields: MUSIC, CHOREOGRAPHY, PRODUCTION, PREMIERE, CAST, and where appropriate, a NOTE,
REVISIONS, NEW PRODUCTIONS, OTHER VERSIONS, FILM, VIDEO/DVD, and ARCHIVAL VIDEO. They
conclude with cross references in italics, with an asterisk indicating a work’s primary
entry. STAGINGS, TELEVISION, and SOURCE NOTES (referring to sources other than common
printed materials such as programs and reviews) are accessed by links.
In the 20 years since the first edition of the
Catalogue, the advent of the World Wide Web, the widespread use of video,
the accessibility of archives long closed in Russia, and new information uncovered in
Popular Balanchine, a research project of The George Balanchine Foundation specializing
in his commercial work, have enabled a significant enlargement of the original volume.
Over time, some dozen concert works by Balanchine, unknown in 1983, have come to light.
The Web version of Choreography by George Balanchine, a project of The
George Balanchine Foundation, provides the public with unrestricted access to this
information. Updates, corrections, and other new material (accompanied by documentation)
are invited: (firstname.lastname@example.org).