|Born||Georgi Melitonovitch Balanchivadze
January 22, 1904
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
|Died||April 30, 1983
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Creutzfeldtâ€“Jakob disease|
|Occupation||dancer, choreographer, actor, director|
|Spouse(s)||Tamara Geva (1921â€“1926; divorced)
Vera Zorina (1938â€“1946; divorced)
Maria Tallchief (1946â€“1952; annulled)
Tanaquil LeClercq (1952â€“1969; divorced)
In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell… we can't dance synonyms.
In my ballets, woman is first. Men are consorts. God made men to sing the praises of women. They are not equal to men: They are better.
God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it – from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do.
Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.
The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.