All Balanchine | May 4-7, 2023
- Raymonda Variations by George Balanchine
- Emeralds by George Balanchine
- The Four Temperaments by George Balanchine
Three different ballets by The Father of American Ballet, George Balanchine, including a work never before performed by Ballet Arizona.
Set to a melodic and enchanting musical score, Raymonda Variations is a bustle of precise ballet technique that materializes into a spectacle of dance, with a succession of remarkable solos at its center.
Breaking with convention, Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments is an experimental work that portrays the medieval concept of the four personality types (Melancholic, Sanguinic, Phlegmatic, and Choleric). Brilliantly choreographed and filled with arresting solos and ensembles, The Four Temperaments introduced new possibilities for ballet that continue to challenge dancers and audiences equally.
Emeralds (from the full length Jewels) evokes the elegance and romanticism of 19th century ballet. With a lush score by Fauré and dancers dressed in Romantic-length tutus, Emeralds is a window into the nostalgia inherent in much late 19th-century art, with its idealized view of the Middle Ages, chivalry, and courtly love.