Hacia arriba

Danza Ballet



9 octubre, 2009

There will be a Memorial for Francis Mason on Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 2:00 pm at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street).

The speakers and program will be announced soon. It is open to the general public. Francis Mason (88), a cultural diplomat, editor, radio dance critic, writer, and dance devotee, died on Thursday, September 24 at his home in Rye, N.Y. He began his career as a dance writer in the 1950s, and for more than 50 years, he worked in the field of dance.

He was born on September 9, 1921 in Jacksonville, Fl. He received his bachelor’s degree from St John’s College in Annapolis. While serving in the Navy, he participated in D-Day. Cultures especially literature, music, movies and the visual arts were all early loves. In 1948, he was taken by a friend to the world premiere of “Orpheus,” with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Balanchine. This began his devotion and advocacy for dance.

In 1949 he began his radio career for WNYC, on the program “Today in Ballet.” In 1954 he was the principal editor and author of the highly successful book “Balanchine’s Complete Stories of the Great Ballets,” which has been reissued numerous times. This book reflects Mr. Balanchine’s account of his ballets, as well as presents the scenarios of a wide range of other internationally acclaimed ballet repertory.

Mr. Mason was cultural attaché to the United States embassies in Belgrade (1956-60), and in London (1960-65), where he successfully urged the American government to sponsor appearances by American dance companies. These presentations forged the British recognition of Balanchine, Graham and other American choreographers and helped to further these careers. These performances helped to establish the popularity of American dance troupes both in Europe and the United States. The success of New York City Ballet, the Graham, Merce Cunningham and Alvin Ailey companies in London in the 1960s made a great impression back in the United States and in other countries. Martha Graham and George Balanchine would remain life long friends. His attachment to Balanchine, Graham and their respective dance companies continued after their deaths.

Some of his other positions included in Washington as chief of East/West Exhibitions (1965-67); a year in New York as president of Experiments in Art and Technology, invited by its founders, Billy Kluver and Robert Rauschenberg; later as assistant to Arthur A. Houghton Jr. (president of Steuben Glass and chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art); and, in 1975, assistant director of the Morgan Library & Museum.

He served for decades as a member of the board of the Martha Graham company, twice as chairman, from 1974 to 1976 and from 2000 to 2007. And during this period, he lead the company through a trying period of lawsuits, fund-raising and advocacy.

In 1980, he became the third editor of Ballet Review, which was founded in 1965. He brought the magazine to its’ annual quarterly publication and for the last three decades served as editor until his death. Mr. Mason published “I Remember Balanchine,” (1991) an anthology of his personally conducted interviews with an extraordinary range of people whose contacts with Balanchine stretched from the 1920s to the 1980s. And until a few months ago he was dance critic for the radio station WQXR-FM,

His wife, Patricia, whom he married in 1952, died in 1997. He is survived by a daughter, Leslie, a real estate broker in Manhattan, and his son, Spencer Mason, an opera singer in Pforzheim, Germany; and two grandchildren.



en Danza Ballet

© 2006 – 2009 Danza Ballet


Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist   The Royal Ballet School is to host a Conference to mark the 10th Anniversary of the death of the Founder of The Royal Ballet School and Companies, Dame Ninette de Valois OM, CH, DBE (1898 - 2001). The Conference Committee will be chaired by ...
Los funerales de Isadora Duncan París, setiembre de 1927. Los funerales de Isadora Duncan Por César Vallejo A esta hora están quemando en el Columbarium de París un cuerpo natural. Mientras cuarenta mil unidades de la Legión Americana, desfilan del Arco del Triunfo al Hot...
Efemérides Danza Ballet® 12 de marzo Vaslav Nijinsky (12 de marzo de 1889 – 8 de abril de 1950) El «Dios de la danza» bailarín de ballet y coreógrafo ruso de origen polaco. Uno de los más dotados bailarines en la historia. Se hizo célebre por su virtuosismo y por la profundidad e inten...
Hommage à Gerard Mortier – Opéra national de Paris La reprise de Tristan et Isolde donnée à l'Opéra Bastille à partir du 8 avril lui sera dédiée. L’Opéra national de Paris a appris avec une grande tristesse la disparition de Gerard Mortier. Après avoir successivement dirigé La Monnaie, le Festival ...
Natalia Makarova (1940) Poseedora de una brillante técnica dancística y elocuencia dramática, la bailarina estadounidense, de origen ruso, Natalia Makarova, quien durante más de una década fue la primera bailarina del Ballet del Teatro Kirov, cumplirá este 21 de noviembre, ...
A solas con John Neumeier Con motivo de la próxima visita que el Ballet de Hamburgo realizara a Barcelona durante el mes de mayo para presentarse en el Gran Teatre del Liceu reproducimos a continuación una entrevista exclusiva a su director John Neumeier realizada por Agustin...

Ballet Barcelona - Carolina de Pedro Pascual

Uso de cookies

Este sitio web utiliza cookies y Google Analitycs para que usted tenga la mejor experiencia de usuario. Si continúa navegando está dando su consentimiento para la aceptación de las mencionadas, y de nuestra política de cookies, privacidad y RGPD ACEPTAR

Aviso de cookies