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The Fairy’s Kiss

Ratmansky / Stravinsky


WORLD PREMIERE
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.

CHOREOGRAPHY
Alexei Ratmansky

MUSIC
Igor Stravinsky
Le Baiser de la fée

SET & COSTUME DESIGN
Jérȏme Kaplan

PROJECTION DESIGN
Wendall Harrington

LIGHTING DESIGN
James Ingalls

Walpurgisnacht Ballet

Balanchine / Gounod


COMPANY PREMIERE
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!

CHOREOGRAPHY
George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust

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

COSTUME DESIGN
Karinska

LIGHTING DESIGN
John Hall

Polyphonia

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.

CHOREOGRAPHY
Christopher Wheeldon

COSTUMES
Holly Hynes

LIGHTING DESIGN
Mark Stanley

MUSIC
György Ligeti
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