PROGRAM THREE: Year of the Rabbit, Sunset, Bourrée FantasqueConcerts & Performances
Alluding to the cyclical nature of life, Justin Peck’s acclaimed Year of the Rabbit channels diverse encounters through the corps de ballet in a stunningly architected array of movement. Enhanced by Michael Atkinson’s new orchestration (based on Sufjan Stevens’ 2002 electronic album Enjoy Your Rabbit), the work marks a significant artistic milestone as classical ballet transitions into the 21st century. Profoundly eloquent and deeply affecting, Paul Taylor’s masterpiece Sunset prompted the New York Observer to call it “one of the few great dance works of the past quarter-century.” With moving introspection, the work suggests the complexities of love, camaraderie and the poignancy of separation as experienced by six soldiers and the girls they leave behind. “Delicately presented, achingly sad…I’m always startled to meet people who aren’t moved to tears by it.” C’est magnifique! One of George Balanchine’s most charming works, the ebullient Bourrée Fantasque is set to the sparkling music of Emmanuel Chabrier and alluringly dressed in chic Karinska-inspired costumes. Delightfully melodic, vibrant and comic, this joyful fusion of French style and choreographic dynamism provides pure pleasure. Tickets start at $25.