All Balanchine V
OCT 10, 12, 14 mat & eve
THREE BALANCHINE SENSATIONS CONVERGE FOR ONE DYNAMIC PROGRAM
Serenade marked a turning point for Balanchine. The first ballet he made in America, created on students from the just-aborning School of American Ballet, it has remained a beloved highlight of the repertory ever since, with its haunting imagery and entrancing embrace of the shimmering Tschaikovsky score for strings. Exploring again the dance potential of Greek myth after 1928’s Apollo, Balanchine’s celebrated, intimate collaboration with Stravinsky subsequently brought forth Orpheus. And Balanchine returned to his cherished Tschaikovsky for Theme and Variations, a dazzling display of classical ballet culminating in an elegant polonaise.
Ballets on this Program
The first ballet Balanchine choreographed in America is a romantic work of immense sweep, set to a transcendent Tschaikovsky score.
An iconic Balanchine work that was part of NYCB’s inaugural performance in 1948, this highly-stylized, narrative ballet depicts Orpheus’ journey to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld.
Theme and Variations
A work that drips with gilded grandeur, Theme and Variations pays tribute to Balanchine’s imperial Russia with its regal structure and sumptuous Tschaikovsky score