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Wednesday May 13, 2020 7:30 PM

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Comparative rarities from the Company’s founding choreographers lead off a program of vividly diverse ballets. Piano Pieces finds Jerome Robbins turning to a favorite Balanchine composer, Tschaikovsky, for one of the dance-maker’s last ballets. Balanchine’s Sylvia: Pas de Deux, returning to the repertory after a quarter century, features bravura steps originally created for great American ballerina Maria Tallchief, set to an excerpt from the titular Delibes ballet. Completing the program is The Four Temperaments, Balanchine’s astringently compelling exploration of complex human emotion.

Location:
David H. Koch Theater
Running Time:
1 hr 50 min

MASTERS AT WORK: BALANCHINE & ROBBINS

  • Piano Pieces

    • Music by: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
    • Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

    Displaying Robbins’ penchant for crafting diverse emotional atmospheres to solo piano pieces, this folk-tinged ballet for three couples, a male soloist, and a corps de ballet contrasts delicate solemnness with congenial amusement.

  • Sylvia: Pas de Deux

    • Music by: Léo Delibes
    • Choreography by: George Balanchine

    Returning to the repertory after more than two decades, this delightfully romantic pas de deux is made all the more charming by fairy tale costumes and Léo Delibes’ soothing strings.

  • The Four Temperaments

    • Music by: Paul Hindemith
    • Choreography by: George Balanchine

    A ballet with unceasing appeal, The Four Temperaments references the medieval concept of psychological humors through its classically grounded but definitively modern movement.

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