All Balanchine III
Witness three magnificent ballets created by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine himself. It features Barocco; a classic concerto set to Bach, Kammermusik No. 2; an effervescent dance that showcases an all-male corps, and Vienna Waltzes; Balanchine’s commemoration of the immensely popular dance style.
Why You Should Watch All Balanchine III
Concerto Barocco was created as an exercise at the School of American Ballet and was initially performed in 1941 for the American Ballet Caravan’s Latin American tour. The first-ever appearance of it in modern ballet, developed by Balanchine, had its dancers dressed in just practice clothing! Concerto Barocco showcases a marriage of the rich but barebones classical choreography of Balanchine, and impeccable music of Bach. It was featured in 1948, in the first performance of the New York City Ballet, joined by Orpheus by Balanchine and Symphony in C.
Kammermusik translates to ‘chamber music’ in German. The score for Kammermusik No. 2 is one of the seven chamber music pieces that were composed by Hindemith when the composer had a taste for echoing the Baroque with his classical style.
The waltz was a dance style that Balanchine explored extensively in his works. However, none of them matched the grandeur of the Vienna Waltzes from 1977. It featured a number of ornate costumes and brilliantly designed sets. They are the last ones created for the NYCB by Barbara Karinska, the principal costume-maker at the New York City Ballet and a longtime friend of Balanchine.
Showcasing music from across three centuries, the three ballet performances show us the range of Balanchine’s musical palate.
Concerto Barocco is one of the greatest masterpieces ever choreographed by Balanchine. It features a duet by two poised and graceful ballerinas, with each one portraying one of the instrumental soloists in this bravura double violin concerto. It is widely considered to be the essence of Balanchine’s choreography and is a perfect match to the score, Double Violin Concerto in D Minor by Bach. The critically acclaimed performance has sweeping athleticism, passionate musicality and touching poetry. This ballet show is followed by a piece that demands agility, speed and accuracy.
Characterised by its stunning choreography, Kammermusik No. 2 highlights the complexities of its modern score with sharp movements and chic gestures. It is so technical and precise that it has, in fact, been compared to a computer, by the original cast. The ballet features a pair of couples and an ensemble that comprises eight men who vigourously dance to the intense piano passages.
The next ballet performance that you will witness is the mammoth finale, one of Balanchine's finest works, the Vienna Waltzes. It is a five-piece show that is set in the forests of Austria and the grand ballrooms of Vienna. The ever-changing scenery is created by Rouben Ter-Arutunian and is a testament to the majesty of the golden age of waltzes. The music for every section of the ballet transforms in tandem with the scenery, depicting the gradual metamorphosis of the waltz through society. This is a breathtaking set of performance that showcases the pinnacle of Balanchine's work.
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Know Before You Go
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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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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