DO IT FOR LOVE
FEBRUARY 10 at 7:30pm
FEBRUARY 11 at 7:30pm
FEBRUARY 12 at 3:30pm
Allegro Brilliante by Balanchine with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
By Any Other Name by Amy Seiwert with music by J.S. Bach
Untitled New Work by Gen Horiuchi with original music by Toya
Runtime: 1 hour 26 min plus a 20 min intermission
Just in time for Valentine’s Day – a weekend of performances that demonstrate LOVE and the powerful combination of music and movement. Saint Louis Ballet is pleased to perform its annual February repertory program at the beautiful new Kirkwood Performing Arts Center.
Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi had a special relationship with New York City Ballet’s renowned George Balanchine, considered by dance scholars to be the “father of American ballet”. Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, which he called “everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes” is set to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3, and exhibits an expansive Russian romanticism. The ballet was first performed in 1956 by New York City Ballet.
Do It For Love also features the work of San Francisco’s Amy Seiwert, one of today’s most creative and sought-after contemporary ballet choreographers. Seiwert, whose career includes performances with several west coast ballet companies, is highly regarded for her willingness to take risks to innovate classical ballet choreography. The San Francisco Bay Guardian said Seiwert "...is quite possibly the Bay Area’s most original dance thinker, taking what some consider a dead language and using it as a 21st-century lingo to tell us something about who we are.” Her By Any Other Name, set to music by J.S. Bach, premiered in San Francisco in July, 2022.
Finally, Gen Horiuchi is set to present a new work, choreographed to original music by TOYA. This is Horiuchi’s
third collaboration with the talented keyboardist, composer, musical director, and producer who has worked with some of the top recording artists in the country.
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By Any Other Name
Choreography by Amy Seiwert
Music: J.S. Bach
Premiered August 27, 2021 ODC Theater, San Francisco
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Tchaikovsky; Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 75 (1892)
Premiere: March 1, 1956, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama
George Balanchine called the exuberant Allegro Brillante “everything I know about classical ballet in thirteen minutes."
One of George Balanchine’s most joyous, pure dance pieces, Allegro Brillante is characterized by what Maria Tallchief — the ballerina on whom the bravura leading role was created — called "an expansive Russian romanticism."
The ballet is set to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3, a work that the composer created from sketches for a composition that was intended to be his Sixth Symphony, but which instead served as a single movement work which was published posthumously in 1894.
Balanchine described this ballet as a concentrated essay in the extended classical vocabulary, in which a maximum amount of choreographic development is contained within a rather restricted area of time and space.
~ From: nycballet.com/discover/ballet-repertory/allegro-brillante/
Anatomy of a Dance
Megan Fairchild of New York City Ballet takes us into the musical world created by Tchaikovsky's score in Balanchine's dazzling classic Allegro Brillante.
Untitled New Work
Choreography by Gen Horiuchi