For the very first time, Saint Louis presents one of George Balanchine’s iconic ballets – Rubies. The ruby red costumes and romantic nature of the ballet are well suited to Valentine’s weekend. Performed by major companies throughout the world, Rubies is set to music by Igor Stravinsky and is the “jazziest”, most accessible, and most often performed of Balanchine’s “jewel” ballets. (Saint Louis Ballet’s Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi was a protégé of the famed choreographer, and was selected by Balanchine to join New York City Ballet where he became a principal dancer in the late 1980’s.)
Also featured are two signature works of Chicago’s acclaimed Joffrey Ballet – Reflections and Light Rain by Gerald Arpino. Saint Louis Ballet joins professional ballet companies throughout the world in marking the 10th anniversary of the passing of Arpino and the 30th of Robert Joffrey by presenting masterworks by these American dance innovators.
Saint Louis Ballet’s annual Valentine’s Weekend program concludes with a premiere by artistic director Gen Horiuchi. For the fourth time, Horiuchi has selected a piece by jazz great Claude Bolling – this time featuring piano, bass and percussion.
Behind the Scenes Rehearsal Footage
PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 AT 7:00PM
IN THE TOUHILL LOBBY
Répétiteur for George Balanchine’s Rubies
Ms. Borne began her dance training in her native Los Angeles and finished at the School of American Ballet in New York. As a recipient of a Ford Foundation scholarship, she joined the New York City Ballet where she danced for more than 13 years, and was promoted to Soloist. She performed numerous principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins and shared a debut in The Nutcracker with Mikhail Baryshnikov. During this time, she also made several television appearances and traveled on concert tours with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Martins, Suzanne Farrell, Edward Villella, Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefous.
Ms. Borne served as Ballet Mistress for the Miami City Ballet for eight years and San Francisco Ballet for six years. Currently, she devotes her time to staging ballets nationally and internationally on behalf of the George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins Trusts, as well as works by Hans van Manen and Helgi Tomasson. She has staged ballets at the Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Central Ballet of China, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Ballet Nacional de Danza
(Mexico), Alberta Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and many others.