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Walpurgisnacht Ballet

Walpurgisnacht Ballet

(1975)

Choreography

George Balanchine

Music

Charles Gounod

Twenty-four girls stampeding across the stage – most of them in purple, their hair flowing – and a single man.  Gounod’s passionate Faust music. A bravura ballerina role demanding both complete control and utter abandon (hand-tailored in 1980 for the great Suzanne Farrell). There’s no Faust, no Mephistopheles – just sheer impetuosity and startling virtuosity. This is Balanchine at his most outrageously popular – marrying classicism to kitsch!

MCB Premiere: February 10, 2017, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami, FL.

The original Palm Beach production of Walpurgisnacht Ballet was made possible by the generous support of Rita Stein*.

The performance of Walpurgisnacht Ballet, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

Program Credits

Choreography

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music

Charles Gounod, From Faust (1859, ballet music added in 1869)

Staging

Ben Huys

Costume Design

Karinska

Lighting Design

John Hall