George balanchine

Hommage à Violette Verdy

Palais Garnier - from 22 October to 15 November 2016

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Brahms-Schönberg Quartet

Music
Johannes Brahms
Arnold Schönberg
Choreography
George Balanchine
Set design
Karl Lagerfeld
Costume design
Karl Lagerfeld

Sonatine

Music
Maurice Ravel
Choreography
George Balanchine

Mozartiana

New to the repertoire

Music
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski
Choreography
George Balanchine

Violin Concerto

Music
Igor Stravinsky
Choreography
George Balanchine
Conductor
Kevin Rhodes

Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet
Avec la participation des élèves de l’École de Danse de l’Opéra

Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris

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"Dancing is music made visible." George Balanchine

Three abstract ballets by George Balanchine, brought together in one evening, allow us to appreciate the wealth and creativity of this major 20th century choreographer for whom dance was a true visualisation of music. Mozartiana, devised to a score by Tchaikovsky in which the composer pays tribute to Mozart in short re-orchestrated extracts, is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire. This pure dance poignantly captures the score’s melancholic sensitivity and brings together the students of the Ballet School with the soloists. Violin Concerto is one of Balanchine’s “black and white” ballets. The work embraces Stravinsky’s score offering a skilful blend of ensembles and pas de deux. Finally, Brahms-Schönberg Quartet is set to music by Brahms and orchestrated by Schönberg. This ballet follows the score’s romantic and lyrical movements. The sets and costumes are the brainchild of Karl Lagerfeld, another great master of pure lines and elegance.

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