Symphonic Dances

Choreography by: Peter Martins

Music by: Sergei Rachmaninof

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Credits

Music
Symphonic Dances, Opus 45
Premiere
February 3, 1994, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Darci Kistler, Nikolaj Hübbe

Length
33 min.

Grounded by Rachmaninoff’s colorful melodies, Symphonic Dances alternates between powerful ensemble sections and wistful pas de deux for its lead couple.

Symphonic Dances is a large work for a principal couple, four soloist couples, and a corps of 16. Rachmaninoff's lush, complex, and turbulent score provides an opportunity for buoyant ensemble dances set in contrast to two expressive pas de deux for a principal couple that give this work its emotional resonance. The costumes were designed by Santo Loquasto, and the lighting designer was Mark Stanley.