City Ballet Presents Timeless Works by Balanchine
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The program consists of Balanchine’s “Apollo” and “Rubies” (from “Jewels”), both set to music by longtime Balanchine collaborator Igor Stravinsky, plus the award-winning “Enigma,” a multimedia work created by resident choreographer Elizabeth Rowe Wistrich to the music of Michael Cretu in 2000. (All programs are subject to change without notice.)
As a company, City Ballet has a strong connection with Balanchine. Artistic Director Steven Wistrich performed with “Mr. B” in the 1970s, and the company is one of a few around the country given permission by the Balanchine Trust to present the master’s works. Former New York City Ballet dancer Elyse Borne will be in San Diego in February to stage the works with City Ballet company members.
Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, with one 15-minute intermission
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine (1928)
Staged by Elyse Borne
The inspiration for this work is Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, whose powers of song and music also associate him with the Muses, goddesses who represented the different arts. The three Muses represented were selected for their appropriateness to the choreographic arts. In the words of the composer, “Calliope personifies poetry and its rhythm; Polyhymnia represents mime; Terpsichore, combining in herself both the rhythm and the eloquence of gesture, reveals dancing to the world and thus among the Muses takes the place of honor beside Apollo.”
“Rubies” from the ballet “Jewels”
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine (1967)
Staged by Elyse Borrne
Balanchine always loved jewels; he liked the color of the gems and the beauty of the stones. He set his ballet “Jewels” to music by three different composers to depict three different jewels: emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. Balanchine selected Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra as the music for “Rubies.”
Music: Michael Cretu
Choreography: Elizabeth Wistrich (2000)
This award-winning multimedia work is a large ensemble piece in four parts, with video projected on four large screens that compliment the dancers on stage. Elizabeth Wistrich received a Tommy Dance Award for her choreography of “Enigma,” and videographer Peter Oliver also received a Tommy Dance Award for his scenic design.
Programming, musical selections and artists are subject to change.