New York City Ballet Pays Homage to Founding Choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins
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Founding Choreographers Program Schedule:
October 2, 2010 at 8:00pm: _
Serenade_ – Tschaikovsky/Balanchine – The first ballet Balanchine choreographed in America is a romantic work of immense sweep, set to a transcendent Tschaikovsky score.
Opus 19/The Dreamer – Prokofiev/Robbins – Set to Prokofiev’s feverish concerto, Opus 19/The Dreamer focuses on a male protagonis’s interactions with his ethereal counterpart.
Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet – Brahms, orchestrated by Schoenberg/Balanchine – A sweeping and romantic work for 55 dancers, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet ends in an intoxicating gypsy finale.
*October 8, 2010 at 8:00pm: *
_Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet _- Brahms, orchestrated by Schoenberg/Balanchine – A sweeping and romantic work for 55 dancers, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet ends in an intoxicating gypsy finale.
Glass Pieces – Glass/Robbins – Expansive in scope and streamlined in style, Glass Pieces captures the pulsating heartbeat of metropolitan life with its charged, urban choreography.
Stars and Stripes – Sousa, adapted and orchestrated by Kay/Balanchine – Set to Sousa’s buoyant marches and dressed in Karinska’s delightful all-American costumes, Stars and Stripes contains as much pure dancing as many full-length classical ballets.
October 9, 2010 at 8:00pm:
Chaccone – Gluck/Balanchine – Chaconne is by turns elegiac and courtly, beginning with a dreamlike prologue and concluding with a grand series of classical dances.
Concerto Barocco – Bach/Balanchine – One of Balanchine’s greatest masterpieces, Concerto Barocco embodies Bach’s double violin concerto with brilliant but understated virtuosity.
Tarantella – Gottschalk, reconstructed and orchestrated by Kay/Balanchine – An invigorating pas de deux with Neapolitan flair, this ballet showcases two dancers as they display great virtuosity and humor.
Glass Pieces - Glass/Robbins – Expansive in scope and streamlined in style, Glass Pieces captures the pulsating heartbeat of metropolitan life with its charged, urban choreography.
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