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20th Century Works: Balanchine and Ashton

October 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm

David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York

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20th Century Works: Balanchine and Ashton

Running Time: 119 minutes

On This Program

Ballet ImperialThe Dream

Ballet Imperial


Choreography by George Balanchine
Staged by Colleen Neary
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Scenery and Costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant
Lighting by Mark Stanley

Running Time: 38 minutes

George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, like his Theme and Variations, evokes the era of Russia’s Imperial Ballet with its grandeur and elegance.

The Dream


Choreography by Frederick Ashton
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Sets and Costumes by David Walker
Lighting by John B. Read

Running Time: 52 minutes

There is, perhaps, no happier ode to the illusory nature of love than Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Frederick Ashton’s beguiling retelling of this comedy of errors is set in the magical woods of Victorian England to a spellbinding score by Felix Mendelssohn.