Classical, Contemporary, and Comedic Converge in Works from NYCB’s Founding Choreographers
The ballets gathered here typify a rich variety of styles and tones from the Company’s founding choreographers. Balanchine is represented by the lushly romantic Walpurgisnacht Ballet, with its explosive sense of unfettered emotion expressed through classical steps; The Unanswered Question, an evocative and distinctive dance set to music from the American modernist Charles Ives, in which the lone ballerina is held aloft throughout the ballet; and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, originally created for the Rodgers & Hart musical comedy On Your Toes. Jerome Robbins’ minimalist Moves is a still-radical dance performed without musical accompaniment.
Ballets on this Program
Balanchine once famously said "ballet is woman," and in Walpurgisnacht Ballet he sends 24 women soaring across the stage with wild abandon.
The Unanswered Question
Forgoing elaborate costumes, set design, and even musical accompaniment, Moves enthralls with the unexpected intensity derived from sounds produced by the dancers themselves.
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
An audience favorite with showbiz glam, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is a vampy ballet about a jealous Russian premier danseur and his hoofing American rival.