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May 05, 2021


What a wonderful appreciation of a great dancer. Thank you.

I well remember seeing Jacques d'Amboise partnering the great Suzanne Farrell in Balanchine's late masterpiece, Davidsbundlertanze, music by Schumann. It was at the end of his glorious career. When he carried Farrell offstage, the audience gasped. It was one of Balanchine's most breathtakingly beautiful and haunted moments. What genius! What divine dancers! I am so grateful that I got to see it.

The "Whispering Poetry" video is truly inspiring - don't miss it!

great article, thanks for posting

Emily, I heard d'Amboise discuss Davidsbunelertanze (which I've never seen, alas). He said it was one of the most difficult of the Balanchine ballets. The steps are quite complicated. He was such a lovely man and yes, a beautiful joyful dancer. Stacey

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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