• Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

Apr 29 – May 22, 2022

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A program of four energetic and beautiful ballets with something for everyone, including a classic story, two fresh company premieres, and an innovative world premiere that blends dance and technology.


Program includes:


Prodigal Son

This is a tale of sin and redemption, the story of a young man’s hunger for adventure. It features two legendary roles – the rebellious Son and the beautiful Siren. Their partnership culminates in one of the most sensual pas de deux ever to be seen on stage.

In this masterpiece, Balanchine borrowed from the worlds of gymnastics and circus. Fearless acrobatics, soaring leaps and feats of strength punctuate Prodigal Son’s powerful themes. You’ll feel every beat of this adventure – every high spirit, ferocious battle and devastating blow.
“Gauche and cruel, funny and naive, lascivious and tender… It moves with dramatic force through fantastically perceptive and daring episodes, to a conclusion of irresistible emotional conviction.” The New York Times

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Sergei Prokofiev


Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux*

How much fun can two dancers have on stage? Even more than usual in mini-skirts designed by Gianni Versace. In this ”gorgeous, edible piece”, the dancers show how much they love to dance and invite you along for the ride (The Guardian). World-renowned choreographer William Forsythe crafts complex steps, reckless shifts of weight and moments of laugh-out-loud humor. This is a pas de deux where our extraordinary dancers shine: showing off their playfulness, bravery and technical attack.

William Forsythe
Thom Willems


After The Rain Pas de Deux*

Two dancers move slowly, precisely, falling into each other and performing lifts of gorgeous geometry. This soft, melting duet is a window into a relationship full of tenderness. You’ll fall in love with the MCB premiere of this Wheeldon classic “that feels like one long, sweet exhalation” (The Standard, UK).

Christopher Wheeldon
Arvo Pärt


World Premiere*

Claudia Schreier’s second world premiere for MCB, after 2020’s Places, blends ballet with technology to explore a landscape of shifting perspectives. Expect a rich and thoughtful journey from this collaboration between the “skilled and sophisticated” Schreier and innovative director Adam Barish (The New York Times).

Claudia Schreier
Adam Barish


*Company Premiere

Prodigal Son, After the Rain and the world premiere are performed to live music.
Recommended for ages 4 and up
Duration: 2hr 19min (including 2 x 20 min intermissions)



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Read More: Return of the Son
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