Program Three – Featuring PolyphoniaConcerts & Performances
Program Three includes The Fairy’s Kiss (World Premiere), Walpurgisnacht Ballet and Polyphonia. The Fairy’s Kiss is a major coup for MCB. A new narrative ballet by today’s most in-demand classical choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky. Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Ice-Maiden inspired what is perhaps Stravinsky’s loveliest score – a tribute to Tchaikovsky. Music that George Balanchine so loved that he set ballets to it three times! Walpurgisnacht Ballet features 24 girls stampeding across the stage – most of them in purple, their hair flowing – and a single man. Gounod’s passionate Faust music. A bravura ballerina role demanding both complete control and utter abandon (hand-tailored in 1980 for the great Suzanne Farrell). There’s no Faust, no Mephistopheles — just sheer impetuosity and startling virtuosity. This is Balanchine at his most outrageously popular – marrying classicism to kitsch! 2001’s Polyphonia confirmed Christopher Wheeldon’s reputation as one of the leading young choreographers of our time. Four couples are seen in ten classically constructed yet bracingly contemporary episodes that explore the turbulent and compelling piano music of the modern master Györgi Ligeti. Tickets from $20.
Friday, February 24 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, February 25 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 26 @ 1:00 PM