George Balanchine, known as the father of American ballet, broke ground when he put his twist on traditional ballet standards and technique. Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona’s artistic director, presents five performances of Balanchine’s work during All Balanchine, including one never before performed by Ballet Arizona, from May 2 through May 5, at Symphony Hall. Andersen is one of only a handful of artists worldwide entrusted by the Balanchine Trust to stage these masterpieces.
Ballet Arizona presents Balanchine’s Emeralds for the first time. Originally one part of a three-part Balanchine suite, Emeralds evokes the elegance and romanticism of 19th century France, presented with music by Gabriel Fauré.
Theme and Variations, presented with glorious choreography and glittering costumes, recalls the grandeur of classical ballet. An homage to Balanchine’s roots, the piece evokes a great period in classical dance when the Russian ballet flourished alongside Tchaikovsky’s music.
Square Dance combines the spirit and verve of an American folk dance with the precision and techniques of classical ballet, with music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli. This light and vibrant piece is one of the most technically demanding ballets in the Balanchine repertoire and a playful uplifting delight that will energize audiences.
Andersen’s understanding of Balanchine’s work draws respect from dance critics across the country.
“One of the most striking developments in modern ballet is that there is now a trans-American, even trans-global, Balanchine diaspora. Ballet Arizona ranks among the most significant,” Alastair Macaulay from The New York Times says.
To celebrate the Ballet Arizona premiere of Emeralds this May, G.G. Gems, Inc created a one-of-a-kind designer pendant featuring two magnificent emeralds, each emerald cut. The emeralds are connected by a line of diamonds and the pendant is suspended from an 18-inch platinum chain together weighing approximately 5 carats.
Designer Glenna Gibbons received her inspiration for this work of art from the romantic Parisian influence in the choreography and costumes created by the legendary Balanchine. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. For a chance to win, visit balletaz.org or contact Natalie Salvione at 602-343-6522. The raffle drawing will be held on May 5.
May 2 – 5
Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix
For more information/tickets, visit balletaz.org.