Interplay

Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

Music by: Morton Gould

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Credits

Music
Interplay (Original title, American Concertette) (1945)
Premiere
June 1, 1945, Billy Rose's Concert Varieties, Ziegfield Theatre, New York
NYC Ballet Premiere
December 23, 1952, City Center of Music and Drama
Original Cast
Janet Reed, John Kriza, Harold Lang

NYC Ballet Original Cast
Janet Reed, John Kriza, Harold Lang
Length
17 Min.
Costumes by
Santo Loquasto
Lighting by
Ronald Bates

Interplay’s young dancers take part in lighthearted competition as they revel in the exuberant yet cool melodies of the ballet’s jazz-infused score.
 





Interplay was the second ballet that Jerome Robbins choreographed, after his huge success with Fancy Free. It debuted in 1945 for Billy Rose's Concert Varieties at the Ziegfeld Theater and entered the New York City Ballet repertory in 1952. Using the interplay of classical and vernacular choreography, Robbins experimented with choreographic patterns and the interactions of dancers in various formations. Originally titled American Concertette, Morton Gould's score, full of humor and jazzy orchestration, revels in the swingtime rhythms of the 1940s. At the center of Interplay is a bluesy pas de deux that stands in bold relief to the joyfully competitive spirit of the ballet.

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