An American in Paris

Choreography by: Christopher Wheeldon

Music by: George Gershwin

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Credits

Music
An American in Paris
Premiere
May 4, 2005, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Carla Körbes, Jenifer Ringer, Damian Woetzel

Length
21 min.

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.