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The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - Sunday, November 11, 2012


The Kennedy Center's own The Suzanne Farrell Ballet presents two mixed programs, including four company premieres by Balanchine, Valse-Fantaisie, Danses Concertantes, Prodigal Son, and Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet.

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The Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Suzanne Farrell, Artistic Director
with the
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Program A (Nov. 7, 8, 10 eve., 11 mat.)  (1 hour, 45 min.)
Danses Concertantes (Balanchine/Stravinsky)  (21 min., plus 20-min. intermission)
Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Balanchine/Brahms, orch. Schoenberg)  (10 min.)
Valse-Fantaisie (Balanchine/Glinka)  (10 min, plus 20-min. intermission)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Balanchine/Rodgers, arr. Kay)  (25 min.)
Program B (Nov. 9, 10 mat., 11 eve.)  (2 hours, 12 min.)
Divertimento No. 15 (Balanchine/Mozart)  (32 min., plus 20-min. intermission)
Prodigal Son (Balanchine/Prokofiev)  (35 min., plus 20-min. intermission)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Balanchine/Rodgers, arr. Kay)  (25 min.)
"Risk-taking… musically satisfying…as impressive as ever"
--The Washington Post
The Kennedy Center's own The Suzanne Farrell Ballet returns in their 11th annual season for seven dazzling performances. A renowned ballerina and George Balanchine protégée, Suzanne Farrell has become a "tireless Balanchine preservationist and one of the foremost interpreters of the great choreographer's work" (The New York Times). Her company, with Balanchine in its pedigree, carries forth his legacy with two unforgettable all-Balanchine programs, including company premieres of the nuanced and mesmerizing Valse-Fantaisie, the sweepingly romantic Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, and Balanchine's iconic 1929 masterpiece of biblical sin and redemption, Prodigal Son.
The engagement also brings the company premiere of the inventive Danses Concertantes, a rarely performed work featured as part of the Balanchine Preservation Initiative. Additionally, the sublimely choreographed Divertimento No. 15, frequently excerpted for performances, will be presented by the company as a full ballet for the first time since 2005. Brimming with elegance, Divertimento No. 15 "creates an ideal realm in which courtesy, chivalry, brilliance, serenity, and expansiveness coexist and give off light" (The New York Times).
Both programs will close with Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, the ballet featured in Richard Rodgers's musical On Your Toes. The first of several collaborations with Rodgers, Balanchine expanded Slaughter on Tenth Avenue into a stand-alone ballet, complete with gangsters, tap-dancing, and drama.

Read Suzanne Farrell's notes on some of the ballets the company will dance this November, including Danses Concertantes, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Valse-Fantaisie, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.

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