Divertimento No. 15 Balanchine/Mozart
George Balanchine loved Mozart’s 15th divertimento so deeply – he regarded it as the greatest divertimento ever composed – that he created two different ballets to it. The second, from 1956, remains in the repertories of ballet companies around the world – beloved for its elegance, its charming relaxed classicism, its melodic fluency. And for its five virtuoso ballerina roles.
“This is a ballet of the aristocracy,” wrote dance historian Nancy Reynolds. “Cut crystal rather than diamond glitter characterizes the ballet’s delicate sparkle. It is one of Balanchine’s purest dance creations – a string of dances, solos, ensembles, pas de deux – with muted emotional overtones.” Here is style without affectation, feeling without self-dramatization. And from the start, regarded as a Balanchine masterpiece.
Arden Court Taylor/Boyce
One of Paul Taylor’s best-loved works, Arden Court returns to MCB after 11 years - rushing, leaping, cavorting through space to the exhilarating Baroque music of William Boyce. It’s easy to see why, since its 1981 premiere it has been one of Taylor’s biggest critical and popular triumphs.
Who Cares? Balanchine/Gershwin
In 1970 George Balanchine created this rousing ballet to the songs of his friend and collaborator George Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “The Man I Love,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” and over a dozen more. One suave guy, three sexy ballerinas, a big bunch of chorus boys and girls, the great Gershwin, the great Balanchine, Who Cares? is sophisticated and nostalgic!