Walton Cello Concerto

Choreography by: Peter Martins

Music by: Sir William Walton

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Credits

Music
Concerto for Violacello and Orchestra (1956)
Premiere
January 22, 1999, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Alexandra Ansanelli, Miranda Weese, Damian Woetzel

Length
29 min.

A mysterious and dramatically intense ballet for three dancers — a man and two women — Walton Cello Concerto contains a series of solos, pas de deux and pas de trois that are by turn dreamlike, elegant and fiery. The ballet, danced on a stage bathed in blue light, is filled with striking images, including a recurring motif of the women falling or bending backward over the man's outstretched arms.