Performed with an onstage cellist, A Suite of Dances is a solo tour de force for a male dancer that is at once witty and pensive.
Towards the end of his life, Jerome Robbins was especially inspired by his love for Bach’s music, and he choreographed three of his late works to Bach. A Suite of Dances is set to the Six Suites for Solo Cello, composed when Bach served as Kappellmeister in Cöthen. Known for their warmth and intimacy, the suites cover a broad range of emotional territory. In the early 1990s, when Mikhail Baryshnikov expressed interest in working with Robbins again, the choreographer called to say he had “an idea for a little dance,” and the result is this charming, naturalistic ballet. In it, the solo dancer and cellist act as partners, seeming to play off of each other in an atmosphere of easy-going camaraderie.