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Serenade after Plato's Symposium

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Serenade after Plato's Symposium

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Music by Leonard Bernstein "Serenade after Plato's Symposium"
Scenery and Costumes by Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting by Brad Fields

World Premiere

May 16, 2016
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York

Herman Cornejo
Marcelo Gomes
Blaine Hoven
Calvin Royal III
Gabe Stone Shayer
Daniil Simkin
James Whiteside
Devon Teuscher


This ballet is an abstract exploration of some of the themes that Plato investigated within his Symposium. In Platos original text, a group of men convene and deliver speeches on the topic of love, with each man bringing a unique perspective to the proceedings. They explore how love can help the soul to understand truth in the pursuit of wisdom and beauty.