Saturday, May 14th, 2016
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM




Harris Theater for Music and Dance
HarrisTheaterChicago.org / 312•334•7777 / 205 E. Randolph Dr.




Square Dance
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli

In this spirited and sensitive work, Mr. Balanchine draws inspiration from both classical ballet and the American folk form of square dancing. Balanchine wrote: “The American style of classical dancing, its supple sharpness and richness of metrical invention, its superb preparation for risks, and its high spirits were some of the things I was trying to show in this ballet.” Originally presented in 1957 with a chamber string orchestra and a square dance caller onstage, Square Dance was revised in 1976 with the caller eliminated, the string orchestra placed in the pit, a lyrical and sensitive solo added for the principal male dancer, and the entire stage given over to the dancing, thus expanding the scale of movement in the work and revealing in grander dimension its richness of design. This remains the version performed by Mr. Balanchine’s company, the New York City Ballet. This version of Square Dance was last seen in Chicago in 1993 when Ballet Chicago performed it on the stage of the Civic Opera House to critical acclaim.

First performed by members of the New York City Ballet in 1958 in New York City
Ballet Chicago Studio Company Harris Theater Premiere, May 2016


Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: John Philip Sousa, arr. Kay

Stars and Stripes evokes Fourth of July parades and is one of Balanchine’s salutes to his adoptive country. This central pas de deux is often done on its own because of its brilliance and excitement.  It is a boisterous, virtuosic romp that features "El Capitan" and "Liberty Bell" in a rip-roaring Americana-Style Grand Pas de Deux.

First performed by members of the New York City Ballet in 1958 in New York City
Ballet Chicago Studio Company Harris Theater Premiere, May 2016

Celestial Rites
Choreography by Ted Seymour
Music: P. I. Tchaikovsky

Celestial Rites was conceived for Ballet Chicago's honoring of the brilliance of P.I. Tchaikovsky. The ballet is a space odyssey set in a distant nebula. An abstract narrative unfolds about a pair of space angels, the pro and the novice. It is a story of teaching a society's history to the youth and, in turn, passing the responsibility of universe on to them. The sweeping patterns of the corps de ballet and unique lighting design by Margaret Nelson transport you to this galaxy far away.”
Ted Seymour

First performed by the Ballet Chicago Studio Company in May 2013 at the Harris Theater

World Premiere
Secrets de Printemps

Choreography by Ted Seymour
Music: Maurice Ravel

Secrets de Printemps is an energetic ballet, bringing Maurice Ravel's orchestral version of his ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin’ to life. The style and rhythmic intricacies of the score inspired a new world to be created. The progression of the ballet brings you deeper into the community that lives there. The work can be seen as a richly detailed fantasy novel told through movement. The first movement depicts the guardians of the realm, the second, the creatures inside, the third is the kingdom, and the fourth movement is the festival.”
Ted Seymour

These performances of Secrets de Printemps are dedicated to the memory of the great French ballerina, Violette Verdy, whose internationally acclaimed career spanned many decades including her years with Mr. Balanchine for whom she created numerous signature roles.

Harris Theater Premiere, May 2016


Saturday, May 14th, 2016
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM




Harris Theater for Music and Dance
HarrisTheaterChicago.org / 312•334•7777 / 205 E. Randolph Dr.




 

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