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1957-1966

1957
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.

1958
With the Rockefeller Foundation commissions the opera Panfilo and Lauretta from Carlos Chavez and Chester Kallman.

1958
New York City Ballet tour to Japan and Australia.

1958
Lives in Japan for the first of several periods.

1958
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.

1959
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.

1959
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.

1959
Produces The Play of Daniel with Noah Greenberg's Pro Musica Antiqua in the Romanesque Court of The Cloisters, New York City.

1960s
Is active in and becomes an officer of the American Dressage Institute, Saratoga Springs, New York.

1960
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.

1961
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.

1962
Commissioned by the Seattle World's Fair to arrange a demonstration of traditional Japanese ritual sports; New York City Ballet performs at the Fair.

1962
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.

1963
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.

1963
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.

1964
Publication of Rhymes of a PFC, republished in an expanded edition as Rhymes and More Rhymes of a PFC in 1966.

1964
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.

1965
Takes part in the Alabama civil rights marches.

1965
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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