All Balanchine II
Bask in the splendour of two fantastic Balanchine ballets. Lighten your mood with the spirited Donizetti Variations, which is a dance that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Filled with Italian charm, the frisky ballet is a stark contrast to Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a powerful and serious composition that exemplifies the glory of Imperial Russia.
Why You Should Watch All Balanchine II
Donizetti Variations, which was initially called Variations from "Don Sebastian", is a ballet that was conceived for the New York City Ballet program called ‘Salute to Italy’. It commemorated 100 years since the unification of Italy. This playful work by Balanchine is designed to be extremely light-hearted and joyful.
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 was first staged by Balanchine in May 1941 for the American Ballet Caravan. This was a piece that had a more contemporary style as opposed to Balanchine’s other works. It was originally created under the commission of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. Balanchine wanted a classical ballet to be presented, however, he did not feel inclined to revive any existing ballet. Instead, he recreated this work in a completely modern style. While the style varied, Balanchine ensured that the choreography retained its essence and remained as vivacious as ever.
The show opens with Donizetti Variations, a lively ballet that spans nearly half an hour. It has a very cheerful dance to match the equally buoyant music from Don Sebastien. It presents a couple of technically demanding, yet highly coveted roles for bravura dancers. It also has a set of three supporting trios. This ballet is sure to keep you in high spirits with its well thought out presentation. The choreography is gentle and exquisite, while also laced with humour. The ballet invokes the style of August Bournonville, the legendary Danish choreographer, as well as an Italian appeal that makes this one of Balanchine’s finest works.
It is followed by Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, which is an exuberant cascade of the classical method. While the original work was created as an allusion to Imperial Russia, Balanchine found the idea outdated. He believed that the ballet was good enough to stand on its own, in relation to the score alone. Thus, he modified the decor and simplified the costumes. The Director of Costumes at the New York City Ballet has redesigned all the costumes for the Winter season. The costumes and headpieces have been created with ample support from Swarovski, featuring thousands of crystals from the Austrian producer of crystal.
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Suitable for all ages. No entry for children below age 4.
The David H. Koch Theatre has a seating capacity of 2586.
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