George Balanchine, known as the father of American ballet, broke ground when he put his twist on traditional ballet standards and technique. Ballet Arizona’s Artistic Director, Ib Andersen, will present three interpretations of Balanchine’s work during All Balanchine, including one never before performed by Ballet Arizona.
Andersen is one of only a handful of artists worldwide entrusted by the Balanchine Trust to stage these masterpieces. Ballet Arizona will present five performances of All Balanchine from Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5 at Symphony Hall. All Balanchine is sponsored in part by Mayo Clinic and by G.G. Gems, Inc.
Ballet Arizona will present Balanchine’s Emeralds for the first time. Originally one part of a three-part Balanchine suite, Emeralds evokes the elegance and romanticism of 19th century France, presented with music by Gabriel Fauré.
Theme and Variations, presented with glorious choreography and glittering costumes, recalls the grandeur of classical ballet. An homage to Balanchine’s roots, the piece evokes a great period in classical dance when the Russian ballet flourished alongside Tchaikovsky’s music.
Square Dance combines the spirit and verve of an American folk dance with the precision and techniques of classical ballet, with music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli. This light and vibrant piece is one of the most technically-demanding ballets in the Balanchine repertoire and a playful uplifting delight that will energize audiences.