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OCTOBER 12–13, 2024

Soft blue tutus…

a sweeping Tchaikovsky score. 

Next – a western saloon and

cowboy hats. 

George Balanchine’s iconic ballets – Serenade and Western Symphony -- look nothing alike, yet both demonstrate Balanchine’s ability to evoke powerful emotions. Finally, After the Rain Pas de Deux, created for New York City Ballet by Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon (MJ The Musical), honors the great master

WESTERN SYMPHONY

BY GEORGE BALANCHINE

SERENADE

BY GEORGE BALANCHINE

AFTER THE RAIN

BY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

WESTERN SYMPHONY

Western Symphony is a rodeo of frisky fillies and lonesome cowpokes with a rousing, non-stop finale that brings the curtain down.

Western Symphony is a striking example of Balanchine’s fascination with American themes. Set on a rugged Old West street populated by cowboys and dance hall girls, the ballet nevertheless is very much a classical work.  Balanchine used steps from the traditional ballet vocabulary, but he infused them with the formations and gestures of American folk dancing.  The lively and familiar score consists of Hershy Kay’s orchestrations of classic American folk songs, including “Red River Valley,” “Good Night Ladies,” and “Oh Dem Golden Slippers.”

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SERENADE

A ROMANTIC WORK OF IMMENSE SWEEP, SET TO A TRANSCENDENT TSCHAIKOVSKY SCORE.

Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet George Balanchine created in America, and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory. Balanchine began the ballet as a lesson in stage technique and worked unexpected rehearsal events into the choreography; a student’s fall or late arrival to rehearsal became part of the ballet. After its initial performance by SAB students on June 9, 1934, on the grounds of the Warburg estate in White Plains, N.Y., Serenade was reworked several times. In its present form there are four movements: “Sonatina,” “Waltz,” “Russian Dance,” and “Elegy.” The last two movements reverse the order of Tschaikovsky’s score, ending the ballet on a note of sadness. Balanchine had a special affinity for Tschaikovsky. 

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NOVEMBER 30–DECEMBER 2
& DECEMBER 19–23, 2024

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HOLIDAY FAVORITE!

The Nutcracker drew record crowds in 2023.  Saint Louis Ballet returns to the stage for its Thanksgiving previews of the Nutcracker and in mid-December for more amazing dancing, music and spectacle.  But due to scheduling issues at the venue, Nutcracker tickets will be in greater demand for fewer performances before the Christmas holiday.  Don’t delay! Secure your Nutcracker seats now and take part in what has become a great Saint Louis holiday tradition!

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FEBRUARY 14–16, 2025

Saint Louis Ballet celebrates love at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center with IN CREASES, an intriguing ballet of shifting shapes and geometric forms that was first performed by the Joffrey Ballet.  Peck is a Tony Award-winning choreographer (Carousel), director and resident choreographer with New York City Ballet.  The dancers perform to music by renowned composer Phillip Glass.

 

Former New York City Ballet principal CHRISTOPHER D'AMBOISE creates a NEW BALLET set to memorable tunes by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

 

To Love! culminates with a NEW BALLET by Artistic Director GEN HORIUCHI and longtime collaborator TOYA.

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IN CREASES
BY JUSTIN PECK

Like a puzzle of shifting shapes and formations, Peck's first ballet for NYCB showcases his keen eye for manipulating bodies to form complex geometric structures and unique patterns.
 

In Creases is the first work Justin Peck, a former soloist with New York City Ballet, created for the Company. The ballet is set to Philip Glass’ "Four Movements for Two Pianos," and received its world premiere in July 2012 during NYCB’s annual summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York. Peck has since created 18 works for NYCB, and was named the Company’s Resident Choreographer in 2014 and Artistic Advisor in 2019.

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APRIL 25–27, 2025

CAROUSEL (A DANCE)

This charming distillation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic Carousel recalls the poignant romance and thrilling drama of the celebrated Broadway production. 
 

In 2002, New York City Ballet devoted its opening night performance to the music of Richard Rodgers, to honor the composer’s centennial. For his contribution to the program, Christopher Wheeldon used an arrangement of Rodgers’ “The Carousel Waltz” and “If I Loved You” from the 1945 musical Carousel. The ballet is a distillation of Carousel’s central romance, and it is evocative of the “dream ballets” found in many musicals of that era.

Many award-winning choreographers have created ballets for both the Broadway stage and for ballet companies to perform on their own. Don't miss this opportunity to see Saint Louis Ballet celebrate the "essence" of  American musical theatre with these remarkable ballets that project the style, energy and rhythms of the Broadway stage.  With accompaniment by full orchestra – the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for the third consecutive year.

 

CAROUSEL (A DANCE)
BY CHRISTOPER WHEELDON

 

INTERPLAY

BY JEROME ROBBINS

 

WHO CARES?

BY GEORGE BALANCHINE

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INTERPLAY

Interplay’s young dancers take part in lighthearted competition as they revel in the exuberant yet cool melodies of the ballet’s jazz-infused score.
 

Interplay was the second ballet that Jerome Robbins choreographed, after his huge success with Fancy Free. It debuted in 1945 for Billy Rose's Concert Varieties at the Ziegfeld Theater and entered the New York City Ballet repertory in 1952. Using the interplay of classical and vernacular choreography, Robbins experimented with choreographic patterns and the interactions of dancers in various formations. Originally titled American Concertette, Morton Gould's score, full of humor and jazzy orchestration, revels in the swingtime rhythms of the 1940s. At the center of Interplay is a bluesy pas de deux that stands in bold relief to the joyfully competitive spirit of the ballet.

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WHO CARES?

Gershwin’s radiant melodies serve as the basis for syncopated group dances and balmy, romantic duets.

Balanchine had an early opportunity to work with George Gershwin: In 1937 Gershwin asked Balanchine to come to Hollywood to work with him on Goldwyn’s Follies(released 1938), which included a Romeo and Juliet number with a mock duel between ballet-dancing Montagues and tap-dancing Capulets. Thirty-three years later, Balanchine choreographed Who Cares? to 16 songs Gershwin composed between 1924 and 1931. Balanchine used the songs not to evoke a particular era but as a basis for a dynamic that is uniquely American and, more specifically, evocative of New York City: Balanchine’s choreography brings out the exuberance of city life.

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