You are warmly invited to the Melbourne launch of Music Made Visible: A Biography of George Balanchine by Jessica L. Wilkinson (Vagabond Press, 2019)

The launch will feature Nathan Juriansz (violin) and Chris Nankervis (piano) playing two short pieces that Mr. Balanchine used for his choreography, and Jess will read a few poems. There will also be a small vodka surprise. All welcome!

6pm Wednesday August 7
The Butterfly Club
5 Carson Place
Melbourne CBD

Music Made Visible is a poetic biography on the life and works of George Balanchine, one of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century. Jessica L. Wilkinson explores the possibilities and imaginative leaps that poetry can offer to the writing of a life. Her poetic series of Balanchine ‘ballets’ unfold from his early life as a student at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg, through his engagement at Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, to his later co-founding and development of the New York City Ballet. Wilkinson’s poems are attuned to the ephemeral qualities of music and movement that were so vital to her subject’s life. Jessica L. Wilkinson is the author of marionette: a biography of miss marion davies (2012) and Suite for Percy Grainger: a biography (2014), both published by Vagabond Press. She co-edited Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (Hunter Publishers, 2016) and is the founding editor of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at RMIT University, Melbourne.

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