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January 26, 2018

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When you're alone with your feelings of the most beautiful dances to dance alone in your head when you dance something very beautiful, thank you.

Both Balanchine tributes are delightful homages to his birthday!!

About the photos: The lovely Fred Fehl one for David's article isn't from "Don Quixote" but from the 1968 "Pithoprakta" (performed as part of an avant-garde ham-and-eggs production called "Metastaseis&Pithoprakta"), to a Xennakis score. That particular moment of the man's hand (Arthur Mitchell's, I think, in the performance I saw)floating under the ballerina's was never resolved into a handhold; the float was a theme in the choreography. There is a much-published Fred Fehl shot from the 1965 "Don Quixote" that shows Balanchine and Farrell, both in full costume, in a similar configuration, but he is holding her hand and leading her forward. The moment from "Pithoprakta" was another idea.

And Stacey's tribute has one of the remarkable photos by Tanaquil Le Clercq of her husband rehearsing their beloved cat Mourka. You've covered the bases for Mr. B's high summer of love!!

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