The Ballet Herald: Ballet Meets Broadway in Ballet Arizona’s “All Balanchine” Program

The Ballet Herald: Ballet Meets Broadway in Ballet Arizona’s “All Balanchine” Program

Ballet Arizona’s All Balanchine program is where ballet meets broadway on the Orpheum Theatre stage.

Opening night – March 24, 2022 – also boasts the first time George Balanchine‘s Bourrée Fantasque has ever been performed in Arizona. Artistic Director Ib Andersen has curated an evening of dance which also includes Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and Serenade that is sure to attract balletomanes and newcomers alike.

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue brings a Broadway twist to traditional ballet. Musical theater lovers will delight as Ballet Arizona’s talented dancers showcase additional acting skills. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue tells the story of a tap dancer who falls in love with a dance hall girl, who is shot and killed by her jealous boyfriend. Originally part of the Broadway hit On Your ToesSlaughter on Tenth Avenue kicks ballet formalities aside for big, theatrical performances. It is the first of four Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musicals choreographed by Balanchine.

Ballet Arizona will also present the Arizona premiere of Balanchine’s Bourrée Fantasque. Balanchine takes comic aim at many of the conventions that typify classical dance while providing glimpses of popular genres including the can-can and tango with a score by Emmanuel Chabrier. Bourrée Fantasque moves from comic absurdity, to dazzling hilarity with astounding shifts of geometric formations.

The first ballet Balanchine choreographed in America, Serenade is a romantic work of massive sweep set to a transcendent Tchaikovsky score, echoing themes of betrayal and alluding to images of protection.

Andersen is one of only a handful of artists worldwide entrusted by the Balanchine Trust to stage these masterpieces. His understanding of Balanchine’s work draws respect from revered dance critics across the country.

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