With Best of Balanchine, the Dutch National Ballet presents a beautiful cross-section of the work of the greatest dance pioneer of the twentieth century, George Balanchine (1904-1983). Though varied in style and technique, the Russian-American choreographer’s more than 150 creations are always exceptionally musical and charged with expressive freedom.
New in Dutch National Ballet's repertoire is Ballet Imperial, set to Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 and described by Balanchine as ‘a modern-day tribute to Marius Petipa, the father of classical ballet’. Trained in St Petersburg, Balanchine's homage to the Imperial Russian Ballet's illustrious nineteenth-century choreographer, with new costumes by François-Noël Cherpin, revives the majestic grandeur of bygone days in a luxuriant tutu ballet.
Balanchine also created quite a few choreographies for Broadway that left a clear stamp on his work for the New York City Ballet, which he established in 1948. In Who Cares?, set to 16 songs by George Gershwin, he evokes the chic glamour, light-hearted humour and effervescent joie de vivre of old Broadway.
Three ballets of a genius
Ballet Imperial (Nederlandse première), Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski
Symphony in Three Movements, Igor Stravinsky
Who Cares?, George Gershwin
Het Balletorkest o.l.v. Fayçal Karoui