Program Three: Firebird

Feb 14 – Mar 1, 2020

Three thrilling, inventive ballets featuring iconic music, each one radiating super-human charisma and adventure.

The premiere of Firebird, a fantastical fairy tale set to Stravinsky’s masterpiece, is brought to life with magical special effects. Be seduced by the elegance of Nine Sinatra Songs, as swirling couples dance to Frank Sinatra’s hits. In the irrepressible Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, 15 men and one female dancer enhance Aaron Copland’s beloved American score with an infectious sense of play and joy.


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Program Three: Firebird*

Balanchine, Robbins / Stravinsky

Alive with color, excitement, and spectacular effects, Firebird is a fantastical and thrilling story about magic, love, danger, and liberation – one of the greatest of all fairytales. This newly commissioned Firebird features the thrilling collaboration between Balanchine and Robbins with elaborate costume and set designs with music by the brilliant Stravinsky.

Prince Ivan, a young hunter, strays into a mystical forest and becomes spellbound by the exotic, immortal Firebird. She gives him an enchanted feather that will summon her when he is in dire need. When Ivan falls in love with a beautiful Princess who is under the control of the evil sorcerer Kaschei and his monstrous minions, he calls the Firebird, and this bewitching tale unfolds…

“Compelling and mysterious… a masterpiece of musical narration.” New York Times

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Jerome Robbins
Igor Stravinsky

Nine Sinatra Songs

Tharp / Sinatra

This inventive and elegant work was created by trio of legendary artists – be seduced by Twlya Tharp’s choreography, seven swirling couples in costumes by Oscar de la Renta, and of course, the best of Frank Sinatra’s swinging hits including My Way, That’s Life and One for My Baby (One More For The Road).


Twyla Tharp
Frank Sinatra


Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes*

Peck / Copland

With a cast of 15 men and one female dancer, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes is a ground-breaking work that challenges conventions and showcases the power of MCB’s exceptional male dancers. Tony Award-winning Justin Peck’s thrilling choreography works together with Copland’s beloved American score to make “many people rejoice watching dance in the 21st… Its effect on the audience is inspiring.” New York Times


Justin Peck
Aaron Copland


*Company Premiere




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