The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, 10th Anniversary Season Suzanne Farrell, Artistic Director
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra Emil de Cou, conductor
"Farrell has...inspired them to take risks, to rethink and discover, and leave just enough to chance so that each performance was imbued with a feeling of newness." --The Washington Post
Two All-Balanchine Programs Including Diamonds with The Sarasota Ballet
Celebrating its 10th anniversary season, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center with two thrilling all-Balanchine programs. Called "undeniably one of the classiest" of Washington's cultural gems by the Washington Post, the company has received widespread critical acclaim touring nationally and internationally in addition to annual engagements at the Kennedy Center. Undertaking the immense responsibility of preserving Balanchine's great works, it achieves so much more by bringing these works fresh, new life that soars beyond where memory leaves off.
In its fourth Artistic Partnership, the company will collaborate with The Sarasota Ballet to perform Diamonds, part of Balanchine's full-length Jewels, on both programs. One of his most famous ballets, Diamonds features music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and was created for Suzanne Farrell in 1967. "This is quite an honor for our dancers and the entire community," says The Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb, who has revitalized the 20-year-old The Sarasota Ballet with an infusion of widely diverse repertoire building on the company's technical and dramatic strengths.
The 10th anniversary repertoire also includes the company premiere of Concerto Barocco.
Read Suzanne Farrell's notes on some of the ballets the company will dance this October--including Diamonds, as well as the Divertimento from Baiser de la Fée and Concerto Barocco. Then come be a part of our tenth anniversary performances.
Program A (Wed., Thu., & Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 1:30 p.m.) (Timing: 124 minutes) Serenade (Tchaikovsky) (31 min., followed by a 20-min. intermission) Concerto Barocco (Bach) (20 min., followed by a 20-min. intermission) Diamonds with The Sarasota Ballet (Tchaikovsky) (33 min.)
Program B (Fri. & Sun. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 1:30 p.m.) (Timing: 121 minutes) Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée (Stravinsky) (24 min., followed by a 20-min. intermission) Sonatine (Ravel) (13 min., followed by a 3-min. pause) Pithoprakta (Xenakis) (8 min., followed by a 20-min. intermission) Diamonds (33 min.)