Oct. 21-23, 2016 | Ohio Theatre
Friday, 10/21 Senior Dress Rehearsal
Friday, 10/21 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10/22 8 p.m.
Sunday, 10/23 2 p.m.
Choreography: George Balanchine, Edwaard Liang, Val Caniparoli
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Ezio Bosso, Johann Sebastian Bach and traditional African music
A moonlit night. A flock of birds. An African sunrise. Nature will be the foundation of Night and Day: A Collection of Short Ballets. George Balanchine’s iconic and classical Serenade takes on the glow of a dance done by moonlight, while Edwaard Liang’s Murmuration finds its roots in the breathtaking twilight flight patterns of starling birds. Lambarena, choreographed by Val Caniparoli, uniquely marries the high energy of West African dance with Bach on a sun-soaked stage.
Audiences have known and loved George Balanchine’s Serenade since it first premiered in 1934. It’s a glowing, romantic work, set to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C.” Dramatic movement weaves the transformative story of a day in the life of a dancer—she arrives late for class, scurrying to her spot; she falls with fervor as she leaves the stage. Known for being the very first ballet Balanchine choreographed in the U.S., Serenade is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory.
Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena features the unique marriage of classical ballet and African dance. Inspired by a score of the same name, Caniparoli set the work to traditional West African rhythms blended with Johann Sebastian Bach. African dancers Zakariya Sao Diouf and Naomi Geo Johnson-Washington acted as advisors throughout the process of choreographing Lambarena to ensure its authenticity. Requiring intense physicality and endurance, the ballet features stomping and clapping alongside arabesques and pirouettes.
Murmuration, choreographed by BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang, takes its roots in the mysterious, yet lovely, flight patterns of starling birds. Set to Ezio Bosso’s “Violin Concerto No. 1,” Liang created movements that are swirling, cohesive and pulsating. The dancers shift in beautiful, seamless sequences, never breaking formation. “This is the kind of dance that makes you wish you could hit the rewind button on a live performance,” wrote the Houston Chronicle.