Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (Suite No. 3 for Orchestra, final movement)
Choreography by George Balanchine
Staged by Kirk Peterson
Costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge*
Lighting by David K. H. Elliott*
*This production premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 5/5/86
Performed by Cynthia Harvey and Kevin McKenzie
World Premiere: Scenery and costumes by Woodman Thompson, later Andre Levasseur
Lighting by Jean Rosenthal
City Center 55 Street Theater, New York, 11/26/47
Original Cast: Alicia Alonso, Igor Youskevitch, Melissa Hayden, Paula
Lloyd, Cynthia Riseley, Anna Cheselka, Fernando Alonso, Fernand Nault,
Zachary Solov, Eric Braun
This plotless ballet with its glorious choreography and glittering costumes
is a vision of the Imperial Ballet in its heyday at the Maryinksy Theatre.
It has been said that Theme and Variations was the “niece” of
The Sleeping Beauty – bringing 19th century ballet into the 20th.
Theme and Variations received its World Premiere at New York's City Center on
November 26, 1947, danced by Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch.
A second production of this ballet, with costumes by Desmond Heeley, was premiered
at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, on April 17, 1978, with Gelsey Kirkland
and Mikhail Baryshnikov in the leading roles. A third production, with costumes
by Santo Loquasto, received its American Ballet Theatre company premiere in Washington,
D. C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on January 22, 1983. This
current production received its ABT Company Premiere in New York City at the
Metropolitan Opera House on May 5, 1986, danced by Cynthia Harvey and Kevin McKenzie.
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