Wilde Times: Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine, and the Rise of New York City Ballet by Joel LobenthalWilde Times: Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine, and the Rise of New York City Ballet by Joel Lobenthal

Wilde Times: Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine, and the Rise of New York City Ballet

byJoel Lobenthal

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

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At eighty-seven, Patricia Wilde remains a grande dame of the ballet world. As a young star she toured America in the company of the Ballet Russe. In her heyday in the 1950s and ’60s, she was a first-generation member and principal dancer of New York City Ballet during the uniquely dramatic Balanchine era—the golden age of the company and its hugely gifted, influential, exploitative, and dictatorial director. In Wilde Times, Joel Lobenthal brings the world of Wilde and Balanchine, of Tanaquil Le Clercq, Diana Adams, Suzanne Farrell, Maria Tallchief, and many others thrillingly to life. With unfettered access to Wilde and her family, friends, and colleagues, Lobenthal takes the reader backstage to some of the greatest ballet triumphs of the modern era—and some of the greatest tragedies. Through it all Patricia Wilde emerges as a figure of towering strength, grace, and grit.

Wilde Times is the first biography of this seminal figure in American dance, written with the cooperation of the star, but wide-ranging in its use of sources to tell the full and intertwining stories of the development of Wilde, of Balanchine, and of American national ballet at its peak in the twentieth century.
JOEL LOBENTHAL is associate editor of the quarterly Ballet Review. He was chief dance critic for the New York Sun from 2005 until the paper closed in 2008. He has also written about dance, opera, theater, film, and books for Capital New York, City Arts, Playbill, Dance Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly S...
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Title:Wilde Times: Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine, and the Rise of New York City BalletFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:University Press Of New EnglandLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Eileen Simpson
The Estate
Depression and World War
Leaving Ottawa
Big City and Barn
The Marquis
Schooling American Ballet
Mexico City, 1945
Opening Night
On Tour
Balanchine’s Ballet Russe
No Safety Net
New Voices
Anniversary Season
Paris, 1949
Royal Opera House
Putting New York City Ballet on the Map
East Side, West Side
Grand Tour, 1952
In the Dressing Room
By the Seat of Her Tutu
The Poodle
Wedding Night
Expanding Horizons
Moving All Over
Le Clercq’s Last Dance
Zenith
The Far East
A Balanchine Swan
Raymonda Variations
The USSR
“You Can Always Come Back”
Children
American Ballet Theatre
Pittsburgh
Silver Sneaker
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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At eighty-seven, Patricia Wilde remains a grande dame of the ballet world. As a young star she toured America in the company of the Ballet Russe. In her heyday in the 1950s and ’60s, she was a first-generation member and principal dancer of New York City Ballet during the uniquely dramatic Balanchine era—the golden age of the company and its hugely gifted, influential, exploitative, and dictatorial director. In Wilde Times, Joel Lobenthal brings the world of Wilde and Balanchine, of Tanaquil Le Clercq, Diana Adams, Suzanne Farrell, Maria Tallchief, and many others thrillingly to life. With unfettered access to Wilde and her family, friends, and colleagues, Lobenthal takes the reader backstage to some of the greatest ballet triumphs of the modern era—and some of the greatest tragedies. Through it all Patricia Wilde emerges as a figure of towering strength, grace, and grit. Wilde Times is the first biography of this seminal figure in American dance, written with the cooperation of the star, but wide-ranging in its use of sources to tell the full and intertwining stories of the development of Wilde, of Balanchine, and of American national ballet at its peak in the twentieth century.“Joel Lobenthal’s account of the life and times of Patricia Wilde is a deeply enjoyable and important book. The openhearted spirit of its subject is conveyed throughout, via wise observations and astute quotes. The book offers as well reams of information about Balanchine’s early American choreography and the first years of New York City Ballet. A compelling rendition of a crucial, too-often-forgotten time in our cultural history.” - Elizabeth Kendall, author of Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer