Wednesday, October 08, 2008 - Sunday, October 12, 2008
One of "the most courageous projects in ballet today" (New York Times), The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs two Balanchine programs: Episodes with Ballet Austin, Ragtime, and Liebeslieder Walzer, plus "The Balanchine Couple."
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Suzanne Farrell, Artistic Director In Artistic Partnership with Ballet Austin, Stephen Mills, Artistic Director
"The Suzanne Farrell Ballet is one of the most courageous projects in ballet today…energy, scale, detailed nuance, and musical sophistication seldom found anywhere." --The New York Times
Through the Kennedy Center's own ballet company, Suzanne Farrell continues to share her intimate understanding of George Balanchine's vanguard body of work. In the newly renovated Eisenhower Theater, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet's two all-Balanchine programs will include many special projects unique to the Company and to Farrell's singular insight.
The first program opens with Liebeslieder Walzer. In this rarely performed ballet of Brahms waltzes set to poems by Friedrich Daumer and Goethe, the dancers are joined on stage by a vocal ensemble from the Master Chorale of Washington and two pianists on one piano, all in period costume. Beginning in a ballroom in formal evening wear, the dancers transform into ballet skirts under a starry sky before returning to their original dress. Suzanne Farrell then continues her acclaimed Balanchine Preservation Initiative by re-staging Ragtime, one of his "lost" treasures. Recreating the choreography from her own personal film footage, the new staging will feature Stravinsky's score performed by an onstage jazz band. Concluding the program is Episodes, an Artistic Partnership with Ballet Austin. Balanchine's homage to the music of Anton von Webern ends with the composer's tribute to J.S. Bach.
For the second program, the Company brings back its presentation of "The Balanchine Couple," last staged in 2003. Suzanne Farrell takes the stage as narrator, navigating audiences through the evolution of Balanchine's legendary pas de deux style. Beginning with the pas de deux from the early years of Apollo, La Sonnambula, Ivesiana, La Valse, and Agon…through to the "Farrell years" of Meditation, Don Quixote, and Diamonds…and concluding with the classic Stars and Stripes, this program is the perfect showcase for Balanchine's legacy, masterfully carried forth by his most celebrated muse.
All performances with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.
Oct. 8, 9, 11 eve., 12 mat. Liebeslieder Walzer Music by Johannes Brahms Ragtime Part of the Balanchine Preservation Initiative Music by Igor Stravinsky Episodes In Artistic Partnership with Ballet Austin Music by Anton von Webern
Oct. 10, 11 mat., 12 eve. "The Balanchine Couple" Narrated by Suzanne Farrell, to include pas de deux from: Apollo Music by Igor Stravinsky La Sonnambula Music by Vittorio Rieti, after Vincenzo Bellini "The Unanswered Question" from Ivesiana Music by Charles Ives La Valse Music by Maurice Ravel Agon Music by Igor Stravinsky Meditation Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pas de Mauresque from Don Quixote Music by Nikolas Nabokov Diamonds Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Stars and Stripes Music by John Philip Sousa