March 17-26, 2016
A colorful fusion of works by 20th century masters, Kaleidoscope presents a stunningly visual juxtaposition of four distinct pieces. The program features George Balanchine's ingenious Kammermusik No. 2, the energetically liberating and technically demanding choreography of William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, the poetic movement of Leonid Yakobson's dreamlike Pas de Quatre, and the comic exuberance of Léonide Massine's Gaîté Parisienne.
Balanchine's Kammermusik No. 2, set to the music of German composer Paul Hindemith, is a complex work of speed, precision, and energy. A piece for two couples and a male ensemble, the movement is often jagged and stylized, with gestures that embody Balanchine's neoclassical works.
Choreography: George Balanchine Staging: Paul Boos & Kathleen Tracey Music: Paul Hindemith Costumes: Ben Benson Lighting: Mark Stanley
An ode to romantic classicism, Yakobson's elegant and poetic Pas de Quatre is set to music from Vincenzo Bellini's opera Norma. The beautiful, intertwining patterns created by four ballerinas bring to mind sylphs in a shadowed wood. Bellini's music, a masterwork of bel canto ("beautiful song") with long flowing lines and luscious melodies, echoes their grace and spritely movement.
Performances of Leonid Yakobson's Pas de Quatre have been made possible by a generous gift from Melinda and James Rabb.
Choreography: Leonid Yakobson Staging: Vera Solvyeva & Nikolay Levitskiy Music: Vincenzo Bellini Lighting: John Cuff
In contrast, Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is a virtuoso piece of dizzying speed and color. Thirteen minutes of pure movement, this piece is magnificent display of classical technique and precision set to the final movement of Franz Schubert's "Symphony No. 9."
Choreography: William Forsythe Staging: Jill Johnson Music: Franz Schubert Costumes: Stephen Galloway Lighting: William Forsythe Lighting Execution: Tanja Ruhl
Closing the program, Léonide Massine's charming Gaîté Parisienne is vivacious romance set against the colorful backdrop of a Parisian belle epoch café. With extravagantly patterned costumes designed by legendary French designer Christian Lacroix, exuberant music, and joyful dancing, including a raucous can-can, Gaîté Parisienne is the charming finale that tops off a performance of shifting energy and joyous movement.
Choreography: Leonide Massine Staging: Lorca Massine & Anna Krzyskow Music: Jacques Offenbach Scenery: Zack Brown Costumes: Christian Lacroix Lighting: Steven Shelley
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