Master of the Dance
George Balanchine is recognized as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. Master of the Dance offers three of Balanchine's iconic works at each performance.
Divertimento No. 15 LAB Premiere
Balanchine captures Mozart in the crystalline Divertimento No. 15. The
divertimento genre reached its zenith amid the parties and informal
entertainments of 18th-century aristocratic life. Divertimentos did not have
a fixed structure; the number of movements could vary from one to twelve. Divertimento No. 15 was choreographed for eight principal dancers, five women and three men, with an ensemble of eight women.
Prodigal Son was created for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes by Balanchine to music by Sergei Prokofiev with décor by Georges Rouault. Adapted from the biblical story, it opens with the prodigal's rebellious departure from home and his seduction by the beautiful but treacherous siren whose followers rob him. Wretched and remorseful, he drags himself back to his forgiving father.
In 1937, George Gershwin asked Balanchine to come to Hollywood to work with him on Samuel Goldwyn’s “Follies.” Gershwin died tragically before he completed the ballet music for the film. Thirty-three years later, Balanchine choreographed his homage to Broadway and Gershwin - Who Cares? to 16 fabulous songs Gershwin composed between 1924 and 1931.
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Monday thru Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Divertimento No. 15, Prodigal Son & Who Cares? Choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
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