Concerto for Two Solo Pianos (Martins)

Choreography by: Peter Martins

Music by: Igor Stravinsky

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Credits

Music
Concerto for Two Solo Pianos (1935)
Premiere
June 13, 1982, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Heather Watts, Ib Andersen, Jock Soto

Length
22 min.

Concerto for Two Solo Pianos is a ballet for three soloists — one woman and two men — with a corps of 12 women. The music, composed by Stravinsky and performed with two onstage pianos, is a complex, percussive arrangement matched by intricate steps and partnering by the lead dancers. Originally choreographed for New York City Ballet’s 1982 Stravinsky Celebration, choreographer Peter Martins explores classical technique in a modern, edgy style. The central female dancer in a white unitard is pulled between the forces of two male dancers — one in red, the other in black — each representing a piano theme. In the end the musical themes are united in a final pas de trois.