"THIS IS A BALLET LOVER'S BALLET OF THE HIGHEST ORDER! Each of the works had its own particular spirit and atmosphere, always underscored with elegant style. A particular boon to followers of the art are Farrell's efforts to bring rarely performed works by Balanchine, her longtime mentor, back to the stage." -- Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post
"Renewing the Balanchine legacy with maximum luster" --Los Angeles Times
"Bringing fans back to ballet" (The Washington Post), renowned ballerina and Balanchine protégée Suzanne Farrell returns with her acclaimed company of dancers for a mixed-repertory program to include works by George Balanchine and Maurice Béjart.
Balanchine and Béjart
As the Kennedy Center's own ballet company, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet is claiming a place among the nation's finest ensembles and preserving classic works of the 20th century. The San Francisco Chronicle declares that Farrell "seems to be reinventing the art of ballet itself."
With her intimate knowledge of the Balanchine canon, the company will dance a number of his masterworks in two mixed repertory programs, including Scotch Symphony to music by Mendelssohn, Mozartiana to music by Tchaikovsky, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue to music by Richard Rodgers. The engagement will also feature the DC premieres of two reconstructed works as part of Farrell's Balanchine Preservation Initiative, the Adagio from Concierto de Mozart to music by Mozart and Divertimento Brillante to music by Glinka.
Also on both programs is a work by innovative French choreographer Maurice Béjart, who worked closely with Suzanne Farrell in the early 1970s. The company will dance the scène d'amour from Béjart's 1966 version of Romeo and Juliet--which speaks to the themes rather than the narrative of the story--set to French composer Hector Berlioz's dramatic symphony. Part of the citywide festival Shakespeare in Washington.
Program A (Wed., June 6, Thu., June 7, & Sat., June 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 10 at 1:30 p.m.): Scotch Symphony (Balanchine/Mendelssohn) Adagio from Concierto de Mozart (Balanchine/Mozart) Scène d'amour from Romeo and Juliet (Béjart/Berlioz) Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Balanchine/Rodgers, orch. Kay)
Program B (Fri., June 8 & Sun., June 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 9 at 1:30 p.m.): Mozartiana (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky) Scène d'amour from Romeo and Juliet (Béjart/Berlioz) Divertimento Brillante (Balanchine/Glinka) Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Balanchine/Rodgers, orch. Kay)
PROGRAM CHANGE (as of Mar. 28, 2007): Béjart's Rite of Spring has been replaced with Balanchine's Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.