New York City Ballet’s Winter 2018 All Balanchine No. 2 program presents pure dance ballets that please the eye without scenery or story.
All Balanchine No. 2 Ballets
Divertimento No. 15
Balanchine wrote Divertimento No. 15 (1956) set to Divertimento No. 15 in B-flat, K. 287-1777 for the Mozart Festival at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut. The ballet uses five women and three men as principals with an ensemble of eight women.
The Four Temperaments
Balanchine commissioned the music for The Four Temperaments (1940) from Paul Hindemith. The story is abstract, but inspired by an ancient theory of personality types as either sanguine (social), choleric (independent), melancholic (deep), or phlegmatic (relaxed).
A chaconne is the spirited ending of an opera. Chaconne (1976) is set to dance music from Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice (1762).
After choreographing this music for the Metropolitan Opera, the Théâtre National de l’Opéra in Paris, and the Chicago Lyric Opera, Balanchine choreographed this pure dance version with a pas de deux followed by spirited rounds of courtly entertainment.
All Balanchine No. 2 Performances
Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 27 at 8 pm
Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 3 at 8 pm
All Balanchine No. 2 Tickets
Tickets are $30 – $185
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