Looking For Pure Mr. B

“Dance is most clearly preserved in the living bodies of dancers, not in books or on films or videotapes. Even before Balanchine’s death in 1983, there was apprehension about preserving his works. Twenty-one years later, some critics swear that they are still performed as he would have liked; others find fault on a regular basis, saying that the New York City Ballet, the logical caretaker of his legacy, has not lived up to its responsibility, and look to other artistic directors and companies to preserve the work. Pacific Northwest Ballet co-director Francia Russell is one often looked to in this regard.”