Bravo, Balanchine!

Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm

 

Ballet Chicago brings two of George Balanchine’s most beloved Masterworks to life. Concerto Barocco is widely recognized as one of the purest ballets of all time. This seminal example of neo-classic dancing is known the world over for its simplicity and beauty. Balanchine’s usage of rhythm, stage patterns, movement design and symmetry is unsurpassed, resulting in a work so clear in its construction that it actually enables the viewer to “see the music’. Divertimento No. 15, set to W. A. Mozart’s score of the same title, is Balanchine’s second treatment of what he considered the finest divertimento ever written. Incorporating many of the steps from his earlier work, Balanchine’s final Divertimento No. 15 is a work of classical brilliance and elegance widely regarded as a definitive illumination of Mozart’s exquisite score.

 

Concerto Barocco

Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music by J. S. Bach

Staged by Patricia Blair

Lighting by Margaret L. Nelson

Ballet Chicago Premiere: 1997

 

SIMONE MESSMER – JORDAN NELSON – NINA MONTALBANO

 

Maya Canestaro, Dana Coons, Eve Eismann, Brianna Moose, 

Lucie Richard, Ruby Sindelar, Mia Thompson, Emma Wittig

 

Choreography for Concerto Barocco by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust by

arrangement with the American rights holder, New York City Ballet. 

 

The Balanchine ® Ballet presented in this program is protected by copyright. Any unauthorized photography or recording is prohibited without the expressed written consent of The George Balanchine Trust and Ballet Chicago.

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Divertimento No. 15

Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music: Divertimento No. 15 in B-flat major, K.287 by W.A. Mozart

Original staging by Sandra Jennings

Ballet Masters: Daniel Duell, Patricia Blair, and Ted Seymour

Costume construction by Jordan Kiehle and Brennan Smith after original Karinska design

New York City Ballet Premiere: 1956

Ballet Chicago Premiere: 2011

 

Allegro

REBECCA BRUCH - EMILY FUGETT - MADELEINE KODAT - HANNAH ROSENFELD - SHEA SMITH

JORDAN NELSON - ANDREW WINGERT - ADSON ZOCCA

 

Meghan Behnke, Elizabeth Chlanda, Jade Eitner, Devin Johnson,

Lucy Ordman, Laura Palya, Taylor Richard, Hanna Stefansson

 

Theme and Variations

Theme: Jordan Nelson and Adson Zocca

First Variation: Shea Smith

Second Variation: Hannah Rosenfeld

Third Variation: Madeleine Kodat

Fourth Variation: Emily Fugett

Fifth Variation: Andrew Wingert

Sixth Variation: Rebecca Bruch

 

Minuet

Meghan Behnke, Elizabeth Chlanda, Jade Eitner, Devin Johnson,

Lucy Ordman, Laura Palya, Taylor Richard, Hanna Stefansson

 

Andante

Rebecca Bruch, Emily Fugett, Madeleine Kodat, Hannah Rosenfeld, Shea Smith

Jordan Nelson, Andrew Wingert, Adson Zocca

 

Finale

Full Cast

 

The Balanchine ® Ballet presented in this program is protected by copyright. Any unauthorized photography or recording is prohibited without the expressed written consent of The George Balanchine Trust and Ballet Chicago. 

 

This performance of Divertimento No. 15, a Balanchine ® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style ® and Balanchine Technique ®, service standards established and provided by the Trust.