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30th Anniversary Celebration
Serenade (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky), Fancy Free (Robbins/Bernstein), The Rite of Spring (Aiello/Stravinsky)
With its fluid movement and high emotion, the neoclassical Serenade was the first piece George Balanchine created in the United States. This milestone in the history of dance is set to the grand, expressive music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet’s 28 dancers perform in blue costumes against a blue background, creating a visual that is truly memorable.
Fancy Free, the first ballet choreographed by the renowned Jerome Robbins, is a lively work filled with sailors, fistfights and fun. This popular ballet with music by Leonard Bernstein – set in a bar and the outside sidewalk in wartime New York City – was the basis for the movie On The Town, starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.
Originally choreographed by Nijinsky and scored by Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring celebrates its 100th year in 2013. The ballet’s avant-garde music and choreography reportedly caused a near riot in the audience when it was first performed in Paris. Today, it is recognized as the ballet that changed music and dance forever. Richmond Ballet will perform the version of The Rite of Spring created in 1993 with choreography by Salvatore Aiello.