Kick Up Your Heels / Baila, Baila!

Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm

 

This inspired program joins together two works that are sure to bring a smile to your face.  Danzon!, by Ballet Chicago Resident Choreographer Ted Seymour, brings you a fun filled trip to a warm street corner in Mexico. Set to the rhythmic and rich score of Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, this dance work combines the use of Latin ballroom styles with classical ballet. Originally choreographed in 2014 in collaboration with the Lakeview Orchestra, Danzon! has been exciting audiences and inspiring them to move. Who Cares?, George Balanchine’s jazzy romp  through the songs of George Gershwin, was first performed in February 1970 by the New York City Ballet. Arranged for a large cast supporting three ballerinas and their partners, the ballet features ingenious, rhythmic footwork and high technical demands. Its duets are charmingly romantic in a decidedly American vein, and its closing movement, set to Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Rhythm,” sizzles with irrepressible brio.

 

Danzon!

Choreography by Ted Seymour

Music by Arturo Marquez

Costume Design by Ted Seymour

Lighting Design by Margaret L. Nelson

World Premiere – May 30, 2015

DANA COONS – NINA MONTALBANO – EMMA WITTIG

ELLIOTT NUÑEZ - PARIS STIGGER

 

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Who Cares?

Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music by George Gershwin

Staged by Daniel Duell and Patricia Blair

Lighting by Margaret L. Nelson

New York City Ballet Premiere: 1970

Ballet Chicago Premiere: 2006

 

REBECCA BRUCH – EMILY FUGETT – SHEA SMITH 

JORDAN NELSON – TED SEYMOUR – ANDREW WINGERT

 

Strike up the Band (1927)

Ladies & Gentlemen

 

Sweet and Low Down (1925)

Meghan Behnke, Alexia Boyd, Kelsey Calhoun, Grecia Reyes Delgado, Jade Eitner, Rylan Joenk, 

Devin Johnson, Madeline Miller, Nina Montalbano, Taylor Richard

 

Somebody Loves Me (1924)

Maura Bell, Emma Burton, Elizabeth Chlanda, Madeleine Kodat, Catherine Lasak

 

Bidin’ My Time (1930)

Cyrus Bridwell, James Heeney, Jordan Nelson, Hamilton Nieh, Matthew Renko

 

The Man I Love (1924)

Rebecca Bruch and Ted Seymour

 

I’ll build a Stairway to Paradise (1922)

Shea Smith

 

Embraceable You (1930)

Emily Fugett and Jordan Nelson

 

Fascinatin’ Rhythm (1924)

Rebecca Bruch

 

Who Cares?  (1931)

Shea Smith and Ted Seymour

 

My One and Only (1927)

Emily Fugett

 

Liza (1929)

Andrew Wingert

 

I Got Rhythm (1930)

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 Who Cares?, 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.