The Seven Deadly Sins

Choreography by: Lynne Taylor-Corbett

Music by: Kurt Weill

An ironic morality play, The Seven Deadly Sins was composed by Kurt Weill to a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht.  It was the last major collaboration between the two artists, and was written in 1933, the year that Weill’s music was banned in Germany. The story, which Weill and Brecht devised in just a week, is the tale of Anna, a single person split in two, who is portrayed by both a singer and a dancer, "we’re really one divided being even though you see two of us."

Although written as a commentary on the decadence of Berlin in the early 1930s, Weill and Brecht decided to set the piece in America, a country they had not yet visited. The ballet was first performed at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris on June 7, 1933, and was produced, directed and choreographed by George Balanchine. The original production starred Weill’s wife Lotte Lenya as the singer and Tilly Losch as the dancer. In 1958 Balanchine revived the production for New York City Ballet with Lenya recreating her original role and Allegra Kent as the dancer.

For NYCB’s 2011 Spring Season the acclaimed director and choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett completely re-imagined the work in an all-new staging featuring Broadway legend Patti LuPone and NYCB Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan as Anna 1 and 2.

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The Seven Deadly Sins. Text by Bertolt Brecht, English translation by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. Arrangement for low voice by Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg.
May 11, 2011, New York City Ballet, David H. Koch Theater
Original Cast
Patti LuPone+, Wendy Whelan, Raymond Jaramillo McLeod+, Eric Michael Gillett+, Kevin Earley+, Andrew Stenson+, Sara Mearns, Craig Hall, Andrew Scordato, Justin Peck, Vincent Paradiso, Giovanni Villalobos (+ guest artist)

37 Min.
Costumes by
Judanna Lynn
Set by
Beowulf Boritt
Lighting by
Jason Kantrowitz