Dreamscapes Converge in Two Meditations on Love and Longing
Dance meets drama. Set to Prokofiev’s by turns plaintive, manic, and mysterious Violin Concerto No. 1, Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer opens as though awakening from a troubled sleep, then takes its dancers—and the audience—on a journey whose paths seem to lead constantly inward. Alexei Ratmansky’s Namouna, A Grand Divertissement combines a lightly sketched story, loosely drawing on a little-known ballet by Marius Petipa, with dazzling classical choreography, to both celebrate and play upon conventions of story ballets.
Ballets on this Program
Opus 19/The Dreamer
Set to Prokofiev’s feverish concerto, Opus 19/The Dreamer follows a male protagonist on a journey to find his elusive and ethereal counterpart.
Namouna, A Grand Divertissement
A truly monumental work, Ratmansky abstracts Édouard Lalo's comical 19th-century story ballet into a stylized series of witty and animated dances for seven featured performers and a large ensemble.