"Make every chord, every rest, each phrase, your skin, your hair, your fingers, your sweat, your eyes, your toes – the soles of your feet."
- Jerome Robbins
Four choreographers from diverse backgrounds, four generations, each marked by the American School, will come together for this new programme. Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, the American Ballet Theater’s resident artist, drew inspiration from Domenico Scarlatti's music to create Seven Sonatas in 2009. This moment of pure dance for three couples, an intensely poetic dialogue without words, will be entering the Paris Opera Ballet's repertoire. The same is true for George Balanchine’s Duo concertant, which was first performed in 1972 to music by Igor Stravinsky. In this ballet tinged with mystery and romanticism, the two protagonists listen to the music before drifting into dance as if in a sort of lover’s daydream. The evening continues with Other Dances by Jerome Robbins to music by Frédéric Chopin. This virtuoso ballet demands a greaokt deal from the performers, but with the apparent simplicity, naturalness and sensitivity that only the most accomplished dancers can achieve. The programme ends with the arrival of Justin Peck’s In Creases into the repertoire: a work created in 2012 and set to Philip Glass’ Four movements for two pianos. The young dancer hailing from New York City Ballet offers us a group ballet bubbling with energy in which his art of movement and construction is a joy to behold. Following on in the tradition of Balanchine and Robbins, he leads his performers into a new form of modernity.