Ballet West: Balanchine’s Ballets Russes “The Song of the Nightingale” and “Apollo” - Sept 29 at 3 pm

Photographer unidentified. Alicia Markova as the Nightingale, Diaghilev’s Ballet.jpg
Photographer unidentified. Alicia Markova as the Nightingale, Diaghilev’s Ballet.jpg

Ballet West: Balanchine’s Ballets Russes “The Song of the Nightingale” and “Apollo” - Sept 29 at 3 pm

from 43.00

With sets and costumes designed by Henri Matisse, The Song of the Nightingale (Le chant du rossignol) is a tale about a mysterious songbird who cures an ailing Chinese emperor. Created by George Balanchine in 1925 when he was only 21 years old, The Song of the Nightingale was his first partnership with composer Igor Stravinsky, leading to a 46-year friendship that resulted in some of the greatest ballets of the twentieth century. This production marks its US premiere and designates Ballet West as the second company in the world to present this important reconstruction by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer. Prior to the work’s October premiere in Salt Lake City, Ballets Russes expert Lynn Garafola, Professor Emerita of Dance, Barnard College, Columbia University, moderates a discussion with Hodson, Archer, Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute, and Balanchine Trust repetiteur Victoria Simon on Balanchine’s development as a choreographer, the influence of Asian art on Matisse, and ethnic representation in the twenty-first century. The discussion will be accompanied by excerpts performed by Ballet West dancers. Simon will restage the 1928 Balanchine-Stravinsky collaboration Apollo, including the original birthing scene and final ascent to Mount Olympus. 

Alicia Markova as the Nightingale. Photo: Unidentified Photographer

Ticket Type:
Quantity:
Add To Cart