An American in Paris

Choreography by: Christopher Wheeldon

Music by: George Gershwin

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An American in Paris
May 4, 2005, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Carla K├Ârbes, Jenifer Ringer, Damian Woetzel

21 Min.
Costumes by
Holly Hynes
Set by
Adrianne Lobel
Lighting by
Natasha Katz

Christopher Wheeldon presents his own take of the romantic encounter between a brash American painter and a lovely young Parisienne in this ballet. A large ensemble ballet interspersed with pas de deux; this sweeping panoramic piece is filled with the vibrant sounds, rhythms, and colors of urban Paris life. The cast of 31 includes beatniks, fashion models, tourists, schoolgirls, gendarmes, and even a Tour de France bicyclist in a yellow jersey. Set designer Adrienne Lobel has created backdrops inspired by Picasso and Braque that provide a skewed Cubist perspective of a "postcard" City of Lights, including stone bridges and picturesque streets, the banks of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower.