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 "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra." Now it salutes our 25th anniversary - and the return of Opus One Orchestra.
George Balanchine's most erotic ballet, a highly stylized Japanese mating ritual, Bugaku was created at New York City Ballet on Allegra Kent and (MCB Founding Artistic Director) Edward Villella. One critic described it as having "the subtlety of Japanese painting on silk, the strength of Japanese wrestlers." Another how "The lovers stalk each other with expressionless hunger." A third critic suggested it might well have been called The Deflowering.
Theme and Variations
Set in a spectacular 19th-century ballroom to the soaring music of Tchaikovsky, this is classical ballet at its grandest. The cast is large, the costumes lavish, the dancing elegant and joyous with strong, bold leaps and sharp, crisp moves. Long recognized as a George Balanchine masterpiece!
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