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Balanchine | Millepied

Alongside Balanchine’s Palais de Cristal, set to music by Bizet, Benjamin Millepied adapts Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. Philippe Jordan will be accompanying the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time. This encounter between two great French composers and two choreographers from the New York City Ballet, its founder George Balanchine and former student Benjamin Millepied, highlights the similarities and dissonances between them.

In 1947, George Balanchine paid tribute to the company and to the French tradition with his first production for the Paris Opera Ballet, Le Palais de Cristal, in which he choreographed an early work by Georges Bizet, the Symphony in C. Characterized by its architectural design and sense of dialogue with the music, this ballet is a model of academic virtuosity, to which Christian Lacroix, an artisan of light and color, has brought new shape. Benjamin Millepied’s third creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, in collaboration with the conceptual artist Daniel Buren, revisits the myth of Daphnis and Chloé.

In the tradition of Balanchine, Millepied draws his inspiration from the rhythms and colors of Ravel’s “choreographic symphony” for chorus and orchestra. Accompanying the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time, Philippe Jordan conducts these masterpieces of French music.

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Sun, May 21 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Wed, May 24 7:30pm     Buy Tickets

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Ballet Hispanico

Carmen.Maquia & Club Havana

Ballet Hispanico will “whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot” (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired dancing at its best. In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

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Wed, May 31 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sun, Jun 4 1:00pm     Buy Tickets

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La Bayadére

The powerful story of the noble warrior Solor and the temple dancer Nikia, La bayadère is one of the great favourites of the ballet repertoire and a touchstone production for the Mariinsky Theatre ballet company. Choreographed by Marius Petipa and first premiered in 1877, it combines the exotic setting of 19th century India with the stunning virtuosity of Russian ballet technique.

Featuring the famous ‘Kingdom of the Shades’ – one of the most celebrated ballet scenes of all time – the Mariinsky Theatre’s La Bayadère was filmed live during the annual Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and is an unmissable cinema event for ballet fans everywhere.

Composer, Ludwig Minkus 
Choreographer, Marius Petipa

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Wed, Jun 7 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sun, Jun 11 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
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Royal Ballet:  Three Ballets

The Dream
Symphonic Variations
Marguerite and Armand

The Royal Ballet Brings It’s Celebrations Of 70 Years At The Royal Opera House To A Close With A Mixed Programme Of Works By Its Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton. This gorgeous mixed programmer demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton’s adaption of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion.  Symphonic Variations was Ashton’s first work after world War II, and one of the Company’s first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946.

With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton’s beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us all through Verdi’s opera La traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev in 1963.

Choreography, Frederick Ashton  Music, Felix Mendelssohn, Cesar Franck, Franz Liszt

Show Times
Wed, Jun 28 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Jul 2 1:00pm     Buy Tickets

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