All Balanchine I
Enjoy a set of three ballets by the legendary Balanchine. Enjoy the spry Rubies, a piquant and dazzling ballet set to jazz-influenced music, and Divertimento from ‘Le Baiser de la Fée’, which encapsulates a deeply despondent idea of ardour and misery. Witness La Valse, a ballet that depicts a young woman who keeps dancing towards the edge of the chasm.
Why You Should Watch All Balanchine I
The Fairy’s Kiss or Le Baiser de la Fée was a full-length ballet choreographed by Balanchine in 1937. It was composed for his American Ballet at the MET Opera House and was set to a charming score by Stavinsky. He continued to work on this ballet over the years, until in 1974, he created what he considered was perfect. This version of Le Baiser de la Fée had an extra movement added to it and remains to be the outstanding version of the ballet, which is called Divertimento from ‘Le Baiser de la Fée’ today.
The legendary composer Ravel was fascinated by the decline of the waltz form, so he imagined La Valse, a waltz set in the Imperial Court of Vienna in the mid-19th Century. He referred to the score as a poem depicted through choreography and a culmination of the waltz from Vienna. The score was commissioned by Serge Diaghilev for his Ballets Russes. Balanchine, however, felt that the score needed some additions when he worked on La Valse in 1951. He proceeded to merge it with Valse Nobles et Sentimentales by Ravel, which featured a set of eight short waltzes. This set the tone of the ballet to be one of frivolous glee and the feeling of impending destruction.
Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée' is set to a score that has its roots in a dark Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. This chilling score paints a foreshadowing picture with Divertimento, setting the mood for Balanchine’s dextrous choreography.
Another masterpiece by Banalchine, Rubies has dancers gliding across the stage to an electrifying piano capriccio by Stravinsky. It ventures out from its Jewels equivalent to create a medley of two famous Balanchine ballets which are filled with their own uniquely evocative ambience. The score is laden with rich hints of jazz which are heightened by a tangy attack and bold style. It is a three-movement Capriccio that was composed for Piano and Orchestra in 1928. It was designed to have him appear as a concert pianist, and also to have a change in palate from the usual Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments which was the norm for over half a decade. The second movement of the piece was set as a pas de deux for the main dancers by Balanchine, while they would be joined by the corps de ballet in different combinations for the other movements.
This ballet is followed by La Valse, another beautiful choreography by Balanchine. It is set to the dark and brooding music of Maurice Ravel, which does wonders to portray the feeling of impending disaster. It showcases a beautiful woman who waltzes to the masterful choreography of Balanchine, edging towards the abyss with every step, ending in devastation. Ravel himself stated in his notes to the score that they were dancing at the edge of a volcano.
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