Program Four


The 2017/18 season will conclude with the company premiere of acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s inventive and exciting ballet Concerto DSCH, set to a seething Dmitri Shostakovich piano concerto. Two beloved Balanchine classics close out the season: in La Valse, 34 dancers waltz in a mysterious ballroom to gripping music by Maurice Ravel that projects a mood of impending doom, and Apollo, Balanchine’s first great masterwork, which literally transformed the art of 20th-century ballet with its revolutionary neoclassical approach to dance.

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Apollo

Balanchine / Stravinsky


Apollo, George Balanchine’s first great masterwork, literally transformed the art of 20th-century ballet. With its neoclassical approach to dance, this narrative ballet follows the young god of music, beauty and light, and three muses – Calliope, Polyhymnia and Terpsichore, the muse of dance – who compete for his attention as they dance to Igor Stravinsky’s supremely elegant score.

CHOREOGRAPHY
George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

MUSIC
Igor Stravinsky

 

Concerto DSCH

Ratmansky / Shostakovich


COMPANY PREMIERE
About this amazingly inventive and exciting ballet, set to a seething Dmitri Shostakovich piano concerto, Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times had this to say: “Its dances pour forth in a continuous stream of galvanizing excitement and affectionate intimacy … The most captivating classical ballet I have seen in years.”

CHOREOGRAPHY
Alexei Ratmansky

MUSIC
Dmitri Shostakovich

 

La Valse

Balanchine / Ravel


In a dark and mysterious ballroom, 34 dancers waltz to gripping music by Maurice Ravel that projects a mood of impending doom. The haunting, gripping work culminates with the appearance of a dark figure of Death, who claims the life of a woman in white as the horrified onlookers swirl about her upraised body.

CHOREOGRAPHY
George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

MUSIC
Maurice Ravel