Watch highlights from Program Three.
The Fairy’s Kiss
Ratmansky / Stravinsky
A major coup: A new narrative ballet by today’s most in-demand classical choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky. Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Ice-Maiden inspired what is perhaps Stravinsky’s loveliest score – a tribute to Tchaikovsky. Music that George Balanchine so loved that he set ballets to it three times!
With a large cast, striking new costumes and visual effects, and a powerful, moving story, The Fairy’s Kiss is a superb successor to Symphonic Dances, Ratmansky’s 2013 first triumphant new ballet for MCB.
Le Baiser de la fée
SET & COSTUME DESIGN
Balanchine / 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!
© The George Balanchine Trust
From Faust (1859, ballet music added in 1869)
Wheeldon / Ligeti
2001’s Polyphonia confirmed Christopher Wheeldon’s reputation as one of the leading young choreographers of our time. Four couples are seen in ten classically constructed yet bracingly contemporary episodes that explore the turbulent and compelling piano music of the modern master Györgi Ligeti.
Polyphonia is now performed by companies around the world, fulfilling Alastair Macaulay’s verdict in the New York Times that it is “just what the doctor ordered for ballet worldwide.”
Désordre from Etudes pour piano, Book 1
Arc-en-ciel from Etudes pour piano, Book 1
Musica Ricercata, No. 4: Tempo di Valse Invention
Musica Ricercata, No. 8: Vivace Energico
Three Wedding Dances, No. 2: Hopp ide tisztán
Musica Ricercata, No. 7: Cantabile molto legato
Musica Ricercata, No. 3: Allegro con spirito
Musica Ricercata, No. 2: Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale
Capriccio, No. 2: Allegro robusto