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Receives the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Award for his service and devotion to the cause of the American dancer.

1957 December 1
Premiere of Agon, Balanchine's ballet to music commissioned by him and Lincoln Kirstein from Stravinsky.

With the Rockefeller Foundation commissions the opera Panfilo and Lauretta from Carlos Chavez and Chester Kallman.

New York City Ballet tour to Japan and Australia.

Lives in Japan for the first of several periods.

Receives the Distinguished Service Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

1958 December 4
First performance, by the New York City Ballet, of the revival of the Weill/Brecht Seven Deadly Sins with Lotte Lenya, who appeared in Balanchine's original production for Les Ballets 1933; translation commissioned by Lincoln Kirstein from W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

The Division of the Humanities and the Arts of the Ford Foundation, under the leadership of W. McNeil Lowry, Vice President of the Foundation, provides a grant to Ballet Society for a survey of the teaching of ballet in America; subsequent grants to the School of American Ballet make possible a reduced and more selective student body, with scholarship assistance allowing gifted dancers from throughout the country to attend the School.

With the support of Dag Hammarskjöld invites Gagaku, the musicians and dancers of the Japanese Imperial Household, to appear during the New York City Ballet season.

Produces The Play of Daniel with Noah Greenberg's Pro Musica Antiqua in the Romanesque Court of The Cloisters, New York City.

Is active in and becomes an officer of the American Dressage Institute, Saratoga Springs, New York.

Arranges the American tour of the Japanese Grand Kabuki.

1960 September 27
Awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Fourth Class, by the Japanese Government, for his outstanding contribution to the cultural exchange between the two nations.

Appointed a member of the Advisory Committee on the Arts by President John F. Kennedy.

1961 October 4
Produces a Shakespeare Evening in the East Room of the White House following a state dinner for President Ibraham Aboud of the Sudan.

Commissioned by the Seattle World's Fair to arrange a demonstration of traditional Japanese ritual sports; New York City Ballet performs at the Fair.

First New York City Ballet tour to the Soviet Union; series of visits with Sergei Eisenstein's widow, Pera Atasheva.

1962 December
Honored by New York City for distinguished and exceptional service following the tour to the Soviet Union.

First of continuing grants to the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet from the Division of the Humanities and the Arts of the Ford Foundation.

Appointed a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York by Mayor Robert F.Wagner.

Publication of Rhymes of a PFC, republished in an expanded edition as Rhymes and More Rhymes of a PFC in 1966.

Publication of Pavel Tchelitchew, catalogue of the exhibition shown at the Gallery of Modern Art, New York City.

1964 April
The New York City Ballet takes up permanent residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and opens the New York State Theater, designed by Philip Johnson working closely with George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. For the Grand Promenade Lincoln Kirstein arranges the installation of monumental figures carved after small original sculptures by Elie Nadelman.

Takes part in the Alabama civil rights marches.

New York City Ballet tour to Europe, Israel, and England.

1966 July
First of continuing seasons at the newly founded Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York, which is designed in close consultation with the New York City Ballet.

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