All Balanchine 2017
An evening of works by the father of American Ballet, George Balanchine. Ib Andersen is one of a handful of artists worldwide authorized by The Balanchine Trust to stage Balanchine’s masterpieces.
Western Symphony – Infused with humor, character, and charm, Western Symphony showcases a large ensemble of cowboys and cowgirls out on the town. Balanchine’s characteristic love of America is on full display in this ballet where playful and fun versions of traditional steps prove that everything is bigger, better, and faster in the West. Arranged by Hershey Kay, the folk music in this joyous ballet is based on traditional western songs.
Square Dance – A Ballet Arizona premiere. An energetic and lively ballet, Square Dance uses patterns of traditional social dances and quick footwork to pay homage to American folk dance. Music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli.
Agon – One of Balanchine and Stravinsky’s most famous collaborations, Agon, meaning contest, shows the deep connection between choreography and music. Extreme, provocative, and sensual, Agon uses ballet’s raw elements of music, dancers, and choreography, to showcase feats of human athleticism.
“One of the most striking developments in modern ballet is that there is now a trans-American, even trans-global, Balanchine diaspora. Ballet Arizona ranks among the most significant.”
– Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
Choreography: George Balanchine
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