All Balanchine III
OCT 4, 6, 7 mat, 8
CONTRASTING NARRATIVES USHER IN AN EBULLIENT OUTPOURING OF CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE
Apollo, a dance depicting the Greek god’s interaction with his muses, is the oldest Balanchine ballet in the repertory, created in 1928 in Paris. The dance marked the first significant collaboration between the choreographer and Igor Stravinsky, arguably his greatest musical muse. La Sonnambula, with its atmospheric sets and costumes, spins forth a mysterious dramatic world in its depiction of the sleepwalker of the title and the poet whom she bewitches, with tragic consequences. Completing the program is Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, one of Balanchine’s most resplendently beautiful homages to the grand classical tradition.
Ballets on this Program
Balanchine's first collaboration with Stravinsky and one of his earliest international successes, Apollo presents the young god as he is ushered into adulthood by the muses of poetry, mime, and dance.
Deceit, desire, and death shadow La Sonnambula's masked ball, haunting with the image of a beautiful sleepwalker and the misfortune in her wake.
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 is an ebullient outpouring of classical technique with tiaraed tiers of corps de ballet dancers.