Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century - Jennifer Homans in Conversation with Pamela Newkirk

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

Headshots of Jennifer Homans & Pamela Newkirk with the book cover of Mr. B.
Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


This program is offered as both an in-person and livestream event. Choose one:




Jennifer Homans
, the dance critic for The New Yorker, discusses her new book Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century, the first major biography of arguably the greatest choreographer of all time. Based on more than 100 interviews and research in archives across Russia, Europe, and the Americas, Mr. B brings to life Balanchine’s tumultuous life story and the making of his extraordinary ballets, including his iconic version of The Nutcracker. Homans, a former professional dancer who trained at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, is also the author of the widely acclaimed Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet. She joins in conversation with Pamela Newkirk, journalist, NYU professor, and author of Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business, a Time Magazine Must-Read Book of 2019. Newkirk’s previous book, Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, was completed while she was a Leon Levy Biography Fellow.

Presented with the Leon Levy Center for Biography.

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A video of this event will be posted a few days later on our YouTube Channel.

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