Ancient Airs and Dances

Choreography by: Richard Tanner

Music by: Ottorino Respighi

The choreographer in discussing this work has said, "I've chosen excerpts from orchestral suites by Respighi. I love that music. It's so beautifully arranged. Although Respighi based his themes on Renaissance melodies, I'm using no steps from that period. I tried putting a few into the ballet, but they just stuck out."


Social Media Buttons


Ancient Airs and Dances (1917-1931)
May 29, 1992, 1992 Diamond Project, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Valentina Kozlova, Heather Watts, Wendy Whelan, Philip Neal, Jock Soto, Damian Woetze

26 Min.
Costumes by
Barbara Matera
Lighting by
Mark Stanley