The zestily comic Western Symphony, Balanchine's playful tribute to the American Wild West – with toe shoes instead of tumbleweeds – highlights a quartet of dances that also includes Balanchine’s sweepingly romantic Valse Fantaisie, set to the music of his fellow Russian Glinka, Justin Peck’s spring gala premiere, and A Suite of Dances, a rare solo ballet originally created by Jerome Robbins for Mikhail Baryshnikov.
This brief but captivating ballet finds a principal couple and a corps de ballet of four women in a whirl of perpetual motion set to Glinka’s swooning melodies.
Performed with an onstage cellist, A Suite of Dances is a solo tour de force for a male dancer that is at once witty and pensive.
Bartόk Ballet (New Tanowitz)
New York-based choreographer Pam Tanowitz known for her post-modern treatment of the classical dance vocabulary will lead the Classic NYCB program this spring with her first premiere for the Company.
MAY 2 (World Premiere), 4, 9, 11, 12: Sara Mearns*, Sara Adams*, Emilie Gerrity, Russell Janzen*, Andrew Scordato*, Gilbert Bolden*
*First Time in Role
NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin Peck premieres his second creation of the 2018/19 Season at the Company’s 2019 Spring Gala.
Western Symphony is a rodeo of frisky fillies and lonesome cowpokes with a rousing, non-stop finale that brings the curtain down.