"FANFARE" - Company Premiere - Jerome Robbins' - CLASSICAL (yet playful and humorous) -- 34 dancers---18 minutes
Jerome Robbins' tribute to Queen Elizabeth II - its premiere took place on the night of her Coronation in 1953 - is an enchantingly bright and goofy take on Benjamin Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."
BUGAKU - (Balanchine/Mayazumi) --NEOCLASSICAL -- 10 dancers --24 minutes
Balanchine's most erotic ballet, a highly stylized Japanese mating ritual, Bugaku was created on Allegra Kent and Edward Villella. One critic said it had "the subtlety of Japanese painting on silk, the strength of Japanese wrestlers." Another described how "the lovers stalk each other with expressionless hunger." A third suggested that it might well have been called "The Deflowering."
Theme and Variations - (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky) --CLASSICAL -- 26 dancers
George Balanchine's Theme and Variatons, set to the last movement of Tchaikovsky's Suite no 3 in G major, Op. 55, is like a full-evening ballet compressed into twenty minutes of nonstop vurtuoso dancing.
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