Saturday, 18 December 2010

Dances and Movements

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Manifestly Gurdjieff is not in debt to classical ballet, nor to any Western schools of dance, eurythmics or movement. The reverse possibility - of Gurdjieff's (unintentional) influence on modern ballet - cannot be dismissed so easily. Diaghilev pressed Gurdjieff, unavailingly, to include the Sacred Dances as a novelty item in one of his Ballets Russes seasons. Lincoln Edward Kirstein, founder (1934) and director (1940) of the prestigious School of American Ballet, was a Prieuré pupil from 1927, and apropos his work with George Balanchine, outspokenly acknowledged Gurdjieff's sovereign influence (in dedicating his book Nijinsky Dancing, Kirstein writes: 'As in everything I do, whatever is valid springs from the person and ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff.

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