Balanchine and Beyond
Masters of the Past and Present
City Ballet of San Diego takes great pride in presenting two works by the great Russian choreographer George Balanchine; a San Diego Premiere and first-time ballet by former New York City Ballet co-director, Jerome Robbins; and a company premiere by Peter Martins, Artistic Director of the New York City Ballet.
With The City Ballet Orchestra, John Nettles conducting
George Balanchine’s high regard for Leo Delibes led him to choreograph a pas de deux from ‘Sylvia’ in 1960 which he then expanded into a divertissement in 1965. The lovely, eye-catching and imaginative, classical version of “La Source” uses music from two of Leo Delibes ballets, ‘Naila’ and ‘Sylvia’, and includes parts of the earlier pas de deux and divertissement.
Music by Leo Delibes Choreography by George Balanchine
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
When Tchaikovsky composed his ballet ‘Swan Lake’ some of the music did not fit in with the plans of Petipa, his choreographer, and was discarded. When George Balanchine learned that this music had been discovered in the Bolshoi Theater’s archives, he was very interested in hearing it. In 1960, Balanchine created this famous pas de deux for the New York City Ballet using this previously unknown music. It is a classical, virtuoso display piece for two principal dancers that challenge their technique and artistry and never fails to electrify the audience. Prepare to be thrilled and awed!
Music by Peter Tchaikovsky Choreography by George Balanchine
The Afternoon of a Faun – San Diego Premiere
With music by Claude Debussy, the great American choreographer Jerome Robbins created this iconic pas de deux for the New York City Ballet in 1953. Mr. Robbins has created a contemporary, mesmerizing pas de deux that is danced by great ballet companies all over the world. The scene is a room with a mirror, very much like a modern ballet studio, with one wall a mirror that the dancers can watch themselves. The mirror wall is an imaginary wall toward the audience, so that the dancers stare out as they are really looking at their own reflections. Prepare to be transported!
Music by Claude Debussy Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Hallelujah Junction – Company Premiere
Peter Martins, Artistic Director of the New York City Ballet, has set his high energy ballet to a score by John Adams. The music was written for two pianos and named after a small truck stop near the California-Nevada border. The propulsive vitality of the work centers on delayed repetition between the two pianos, creating an effect of echoing sonorities. The main rhythms are based on the rhythms of the word ‘hal – le – lu – jah.” The ballet was originally created for the Royal Danish Ballet and currently is danced by New York City Ballet. The ballet is like a living locomotive of energy and innovation. City Ballet of San Diego is proud to present its first ballet by Peter Martins.
Music by John Adams Choreography by Peter Martins
Dates and Times
Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8pm
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2pm
Spreckels Theater in Downtown San Diego
121 Broadway, Downtown San Diego
Special Thanks to Our Season Sponsor
Financial support for City Ballet is provided in part by the City of San Diego
Commission for Arts and Culture.