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Swan Lake II

FEB 12–20

Four Favorites Featuring Balanchine's Retelling of Ballet's Beloved Classic

Balanchine’s Swan Lake, which premiered in 1951 with ballet legends Maria Tallchief and André Eglevsky in the leading roles, is based on Lev Ivanov’s original choreography for the lakeside scenes of this ballet classic and employs music from Acts II and IV of Tschaikovsky’s beloved composition. This unique one-act production caps a program including Peter Martins’ Black Swan Pas de Deux, excerpted from his full-length version of the darkly romantic story ballet; Balanchine’s rarely seen Sonatine, which evokes the polished simplicity and elegance of the French artists on which it was made; and The Four Temperaments, a plotless neoclassical work loosely inspired by the ancient belief that human behavior is defined by four elements, or “humors”: the melancholic, the sanguinic, the phlegmatic, and the choleric.

*FEB 13 matinee begins at 2 PM.

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