George Balanchine

Live
Location
Palais Garnier
Duration
1:45
Interval
1
Ballet
George Balanchine
Music
George Gershwin,
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Musical direction
Mikhail Agrest

Les Étoiles, les Premières Danseuses, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra

Photo Balanchine
Photo credit
© Béatrice Matet/VOZ'Image

Main informations

Created in 1970 by the New York City Ballet, Who cares? is a suite of dances to songs by George and Ira Gershwin - including the “classic” that gives the piece its name and I Got Rhythm - against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Who cares? combines an ensemble of dancers in various formations, followed by four soloists. All come together in a playful finale in which Balanchine wanted to show the musical genius and melodic beauty of Gershwin’s compositions through classical dance. A tribute to the grandeur of Imperial Russia, Ballet Impérial was created in 1941 by the American Ballet Caravan to Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto. A work in which George Balanchine brilliantly celebrates the technical virtuosity of academic ballet in the style of Petipa - his “spiritual father” - and the great St Petersburg tradition.

Affiche saison
Artistic team

New to the repertoire

Ballet impérial
Music / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Concerto pour piano n° 2 en sol majeur,
op. 44

Who Cares?
Music / George Gershwin
Adaptation and orchestration / Hershy Kay
Sets / Jo Mielziner
Costumes / Xavier Ronze

Choreographies / George Balanchine
Lighting design / Mark Stanley

Musical direction / Mikhail Agrest
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris

Cast

Les Étoiles, les Premières Danseuses, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra

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