Balancing Acts: An Evening of George Balanchine
As one of a handful of professional companies in the United States that champion the technique and works of George Balanchine, Indianapolis Ballet is honored to open its first full season by celebrating “the father of American ballet.”
Presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust, IB will feature three iconic Balanchine ® Ballets at The Toby at Newfields during its first 2018/19 main-stage production from September 28-30: Raymonda Variations, Serenade, and The Four Temperaments.
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Indianapolis Ballet is proud to work with The George Balanchine Trust to bring three of his most iconic ballets to life on stage at The Toby at Newfields. The following program notes for the three ballets (to be performed in listing order during the residency performances) are taken from the official website of The George Balanchine Trust; for more details on these ballets, visit www.Balanchine.com.
Throughout his life, Balanchine was attracted to Alexander Glazounov’s music for Raymonda. He loved what he called the music’s “grand and generous manner, its joy and playfulness.” As a student in St. Petersburg, Balanchine danced in the Maryinsky Theater production that had originally been choreographed by Marius Petipa. After leaving Russia, Balanchine and the ballerina Alexandra Danilova mounted the full-length Raymonda for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1946. At New York City Ballet, Balanchine produced three works to portions of the Raymonda score: Pas de Dix, Cortège Hongrois, and Raymonda Variations. The music in Pas de Dix and Cortège Hongrois was taken mostly from the last act of Raymonda. For Raymonda Variations, Balanchine drew on music from the first act. Click here for the full program notes for Raymonda Variations.
Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory. After its initial presentation in 1934, Serenade was reworked several times. In its present form there are four movements — “Sonatina,” “Waltz,” “Russian Dance,” and “Elegy.” Click here for the full program notes for Serenade.
Balanchine choreographed The Four Temperaments for the opening program of Ballet Society, the forerunner of New York City Ballet. It is one of his earliest experimental works, fusing classical steps with a lean and angular style. The ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that human beings are made up of four different humors that determine a person’s temperament. Each temperament was associated with one of the four classical elements (earth, air, water, and fire), which in turn were the basis of the four humors (black bile, blood, phlegm, and bile) that composed the body. Click here for the full program notes for The Four Temperaments.