George Balanchine , John Neumeier , Jerome Robbins

Balanchine | Neumeier | Robbins


This performance brings together four exquisit ballets by George Balanchine, John Neumeier and Jerome Robbins. It starts with Balanchine's "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" which is seen as one of the main works of the russian-american choreographer. Together with "Themes and Variations" it builds the basis of his neoclassical ballets. The evening will be completed by John Neumeier's sparkling "Bach Suite III" and Jerome Robbin's entertaining "The Concert".
16 March 2018
19:30 - 21:45
1 intermission
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Cast | 16.03.2018

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Conductor Simon Hewett
Choreography George Balanchine
Musik Igor Strawinski
Solovioline Albena Danailova
Tänzerin 1 Ketevan Papava
Tänzerin 2 Liudmila Konovalova
Tänzer 1 Eno Peci
Tänzer 2 Mihail Sosnovschi

Thema und Variationen

Conductor Simon Hewett
Choreography George Balanchine
Musik Peter I. Tschaikowski
Costumes Christian Lacroix
Einstudierung Nanette Glushak
Solistin Kiyoka Hashimoto
Solist Masayu Kimoto

Bach Suite III

Conductor Simon Hewett
Choreographie und Kostüme John Neumeier
Musik Johann Sebastian Bach
Solistin 1 Maria Yakovleva
Solist 1 Roman Lazik
Solistin 2 Nikisha Fogo
Solist 2 Richard Szabó

The Concert

Conductor Simon Hewett
Choreography Jerome Robbins
Musik Frédéric Chopin
Orchestrierung Clare Grundman
Set design Saul Steinberg
Costumes Holly Hynes
Lighting Ronald Bates
Klavier Igor Zapravdin
Die Ballerina Maria Yakovleva
Der Ehemann Eno Peci
Die Ehefrau Franziska Wallner-Hollinek
Ein schüchterner Jüngling Arne Vandervelde


In the ballet “The Concert”, which concludes the “Balanchine | Neumeier | Robbins” evening, the choreographer Jerome Robbins affectionately makes fun of the way an audience behaves while listening to a piano concert. Stimulated by the music of Chopin, the listeners allow their fantasies to come to life. Their imaginings lead them to envisage a scenario in which the evening’s choreographers and composers – who are artistes from entirely different historical periods and countries – gather together in a unique meeting!

The first choreographer to arrive is George Balanchine. None of his colleagues would dispute his supreme position, either in terms of quantity (he created more than 400 works) or quality. At his side, and totally in harmony with him, are the composers Balanchine loved: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky. Balanchine, who actually studied music, regarded it as an act of courtesy to leave the names of the compositions he used – Tchaikovsky’s “Theme and Variations” and Stravinsky’s “Violin Concerto” – as the titles of his ballets also.

The imaginary meeting is joined by two men whose birth dates are separated by more than 250 years. First of all comes the awe-inspiring figure of Johann Sebastian Bach, and behind him, taking his time and meeting the great master with his own particular dignity, John Neumeier. Born in America, he has now almost become a naturalised German, and he pays tribute to the composer in his “Bach Suite III”.

Finally, the last pair to join the meeting: Jerome Robbins and Frédéric Chopin. Even the optimistically forward-looking attitude of the American choreographer cannot dispel the melancholy aura that surrounds the Polish composer he so much admired. And just as the audience’s fantasies in “The Concert” are caught like butterflies, the thoughts that circle around the evening’s choreographers and composers flutter away into nothing.