Why See New York City Ballet: Balanchine's Short Stories?
the best of Balanchine
The New York City Ballet present three of ballet master George Balanchine's most compelling narrative ballets in this new program for Winter 2017. From a 19th century macabre romance to the redemptive arc of prodigal sun, finally ending on the high spectacle of Firebird, you'll see the incredible company pay tribute to his adept storytelling, choreographic talent and the genius that makes him a revered figure and still one of the art form's most influential voices.
Reitti and Bellini
At a mysterious masked ball, the Poet doesn't realised what he lets himself in for when he becomes enamoured of the Host's mistress, the dazzling Coquette. But soon he finds himself alone in the dark, when a the ethereal Sleepwalker, the Host's wife steals his heart and senses. An intriguing and deeply moving tale, Balanchine captures the high 19th century melodrama in this supernatural romance.
Demanding his inheritance early, the farmer's son leaves home to live out a life of debauchery and vice, away from the shadow of his family. Hitting dire straights earlier than he plans, he accepts his humility and sets out to rejoin his loving father. Based on the Biblical parable, this piece for 16 dancers brings the power with expressive, gymnastic movement and cirque inspired drama,
Stravinsky/Balanchine & Robbins
Based on Russian fairytales about a mythical bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner, Firebird sees Prince Ivan team up with the avian wonder to battle the Kaschei and save his bewitched Princesses. A love story with daring adventure, this work is a true delight with magnificent costumes and design from Marc Chagall and of course, Balanchine and Robbins' unforgettable incredible choreography.
Opening night: 17 January 2017
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